Wing Chun is an armed style. Founded by a woman. A woman is at a disadvantage boxing against men.
I studied under William Chueng Yip Mans heir. There are many styles called Wing Chun. Here is the truth as I learned it from Si Gong Chueng. I studied under World Wing Chun, (Traditional Style) (Not the modified version which is also taught) and it began in the Sil Lim Temple many hundreds of years ago. When the Hans were under the rule of the Manchus. The Hans were probably 85% of the Chinese people at the time and the Manchus were probably only 15%.
Anyways the monks of the Sil Lim Temple gathered together the grand masters of the 5 traditional styles and formulated the Wing Chun style using the bests techniques of the 5 traditional Kung Fu Styles. A nun named Nig Mui was out shopping in the local town when the Manchus who had gotten wind of the new style forming went and wiped out every single person in the Sil Lim Temple. She escaped into other places.
Later on when things cooled down she entered into a martial arts contest and with her Wing Chun she defeated all the men except in the finals. She lost to a guy who she had the hots for. Later on they married and she went to her husband and said; now that we are married I want to teach you my style (not yet named). He told her why would I want to learn your style? She replied I let you win that's why at which time he offered her outside to do a new contest which she handily won.
Later on after she had a daughter that she named her Ylim Wing Chun transliterated into English that means hope for the future Ylim Wing Chun was the first Grand Master of the traditional style which is currently headed by William Chueng.
While Nig Mui was teaching her style to her husband outside the house, there was a man who lived next door and he did not get the full system because some if it is secret and only taught in secret. The man who was eves dropping over the back yard fence started the modifies style.
The weapons that are taught is the "bo" a long pole, and the short swords (I have a set not a practice set which is dull, mine are sharpened on the point and the edges. I never trained on the Bo nor the swords, I was only interested in the hand to hand techniques and never reached Sifu status.
Traditional Wing Chun is a weapon of war. That was its purpose, that was the intent of its creation.
If I need a weapon I will use firearms. I can legally concealed carry in my home state with only my Drivers license or State ID.