Welcome to the Ving Tsun Kung Fu home page. The style of Ving Tsun, which is also known as Wing Chun and Wing Tsun under different lineages, is known for its efficient use of force and its concentration on the centreline. The fundamental principle of Ving Tsun is that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Consequently, techniques in this art of kung fu are very linear in nature. As such, you will not find many circular or wide angle techniques as you would in other styles like Choy Lay Fut. Here the basic tenet is efficiency, and linear techniques which attack an opponent's centreline are believed to be the quickest way to dispose of that opponent.
Of course this is not all there is to this art. Acting together with these ideas are other principles such as simultaneous defense and attack. Unlike other arts, the Ving Tsun practitioner does not block and then attack, thereby requiring two or more separate movements. Instead, with the principle of simultaneous defense and attack the opponent is struck at the same time as their attack is deflected. The concept of deflection is another important principle. Attacks are not blocked, using force against force, as in other arts. Instead they are deflected. This permits a smaller, weaker individual to defend against a much larger and stronger opponent. Indeed, this is seen throughout this system and is its foundation. Since this art was created by a woman, the fundamental principles behind all its techniques are that size and strength are not required for victory.
One of the most famous practitioners of this art was Bruce Lee, who studied directly under Grandmaster Yip Man. Bruce Lee was responsible for bringing the martial arts into the mainstream spotlight. As a result of his influence, millions of people studied the martial arts. As a student of Ving Tsun Kung Fu, he was also directly responsible for the popularity and growth of the system beyond the walls of Yip Man's kwoon in Hong Kong. Most people who study this art have discovered it as a direct result of their interest in Bruce Lee's life. Even though he went on to develop a more free flowing concept of the martial arts known as Jeet Kune Do, he was still a Ving Tsun student at heart. Throughout his various books, and especially his Tao of Jeet Kune Do, you can see the influence his early instruction had, with many references to economy of motion, the centreline, simultaneous defense and attack, etc. Indeed, many make the mistake of thinking that Jeet Kune Do is a style. This is the farthest thing from the truth. In reality, Jeet Kune Do is a concept. It is a philosophy of combat which holds that you should not be limited by the dogma or the restrictions of any particular martial art. Instead, you should see combat for what it truly is, a dynamic flow of energy, and use whatever works best to win. Again, we see the familiar concept of efficiency. If it works, and if it works best, use it. This idea has led to the rise of modern day competitions like the Ultimate Fighting Challenge. To this day, thirty years after his death, we are feeling Bruce Lee's influence in the martial arts world, and I believe we will continue to do so in the years to come.
This was just a brief introduction to Ving Tsun Kung Fu, and what this site has to offer. Please come inside and enjoy your stay. We have more information and plenty of pictures. This is a personal site and a work in progress so please check back often. This site is in no way an official site for the Ving Tsun, Wing Chun, or Wing Tsun. It is also in no way an official site for Sunny Tang, Moy Yat, Yip Man, or Bruce Lee. Any material or information related to these individuals or to the the style itself is merely there for informational purposes. Unless otherwise noted, all content on this site is protected by copyright and may not be reproduced in whole or in part without permission.
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