“KUNG FU WITHOUT A SYSTEM IS NOT KUNG FU. KUNG FU DEPENDENT ON A SYSTEM IS NOT GOOD KUNG FU."
— Grandmaster Moy Yat
What is Ving Tsun Kung Fu
Ving Tsun (pronounced "Wing Chun") Kung Fu is an ancient Chinese martial art which traces its beginnings to the Shaolin Temple through the Legend of Ving Tsun. According to the legend, a Buddhist nun named Ng Moi trained at Shaolin, where she developed a martial art based on her studies at the temple. A young woman named Yim Ving Tsun sought Ng Moi's help in turning away the unwanted attentions of a bully who was going to force her to marry him, and became a student of Ng Moi. Using Ng Moi's teachings, Ving Tsun was able to defeat the bully in single combat and later marry a man of her choosing. She then completed the martial arts system which now bears her name. Yim Ving Tsun and her husband, Leung Pok Toa, were the first masters of the Ving Tsun System, and since their time the system and its traditions have been preserved by generations of Kung Fu masters. Ving Tsun Kung Fu was brought into the modern world by the late Grandmaster Yip Man in Hong Kong, and then to America by Yip Man's disciples, such as the late Grandmaster Moy Yat.
Steeped in tradition, and handed down through generations of Kung Fu masters, Ving Tsun Kung Fu continues to impress martial artists the world over with its devastating power and efficiency. Based on maintaining this high level of efficiency, as well as emphasizing relaxation and centerline theory, the Ving Tsun System has proven itself, time and again, to be a remarkably effective form of physical development and self defense as well as a beautiful and simple martial art. This concise system consists of three basic (empty-handed) forms, three advanced forms, and a series of two-person drills where a student practices his or her Kung Fu techniques directly with a training partner. In a typical class, a student may train with his or her Sifu (Teacher), Sihings (Older Students), and Sidai (Younger Students). Students will frequently have opportunities to train with students and instructors visiting from Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu schools throughout the country as well. The core of a student's training consists of the practice and study of forms and two person drills, and physical conditioning exercises that develop and refine a student's Kung Fu techniques. The basic two-person drills and the practice of Chi Sao enable a student to further refine the techniques taught in the forms, and to develop sensitivity and awareness of technique effectiveness through constant contact with a training partner.
The classical exercises of Chinese Kung Fu, perfected by generations of masters since antiquity. Learned in class, practiced individually, they develop the stance, posture, techniques, and power dynamics of the fighting art.
The Ving Tsun system has a carefully constructed set of collaborative, hands-on exercises in which students are partnered to practice specific techniques with varying intensity and levels of resistance. The drills enable students to condition the body and develop Ving Tsun reflexes, with minimal risk of injury.