About Ving Tsun Kung Fu

Ving Tsun Kung Fu is an efficient and highly effective system of self-defense in which a student can become competent in a relatively short time. Originally developed in southern China, Ving Tsun is a traditional martial art, yet its unique training methods and principles make it ideal for the modern world. Ving Tsun's specialty is close contact combat, using quick punches and kicks with simultaneous defense. The student must learn to deliver the correct amount of energy, while staying relaxed whenever possible. Ving Tsun training develops proper body structure, posture, and reflexes based on centerline theory rather than relying on physical strength alone, allowing smaller people to overcome bigger stronger opponents. 

Generations of dedicated disciples have passed the Ving Tsun Kung Fu system down in a direct line of succession to the modern practitioner. Yip Man, who died in 1972, was the last Ving Tsun Kung Fu teacher who taught Chinese students exclusively. One of his last disciples was legendary martial artist, Bruce Lee, who popularized Ving Tsun. Today there are tens of thousands of members worldwide who are learning this martial art system, including a number of military and Special Forces units around the world. Ving Tsun has experienced a resurgence in popularity recently, thanks to the popular Ip Man movies and Hong Kong Airlines announcing that its cabin crews are being trained in Ving Tsun to deal with unruly passengers. 

The five elements of Ving Tsun training: fire (speed), earth (distance), wood (timing), water (changing) and metal (power).

Basic Concepts

  • centerline
  • economy of motion
  • appropriate use of tension and relaxation
  • balance and neutrality
  • structural integrity and mobility
  • controlling distance
  • controlled application of force
  • simultaneous attack and defense