The Ving Tsun Kung Fu school in Hilversum was established in 1981 by Gert-Jan Ketelaar, who, at this point, began as the instructor. Gert-Jan was teaching many years at various locations in Hilversum, Utrecht en Amersfoort. Eventually, he was able to set up his own location in Hilversum, which he specially arranged for Ving Tsun lessons.
Given his fascination with Eastern fighting styles and the desire to develop himself therein, after training in various forms of martial arts, he eventually arrived at Ving Tsun Kung Fu, whose logic and intellectual methods attracted him. The high degree of effectiveness of the system was decisive in him choosing to further himself in Ving Tsun. Via various instructors he came in contact with Wong Shun Leung, in 1992, a teacher who played a great role in the development, progression, and reputation of Ving Tsun Kung Fu. The introduction to the vision and knowledge of Wong Shun Leung was the turning point for Gert-Jan.
Wong Shun Leung travelled regularly from Hong Kong to Germany to give trainings. Gert-Jan was the first Dutch trainer to get to know Wong Shun Leung and receive lessons from him at these trainings in Germany. On Gert-Jan’s invitation, Wong Shun Leung gave his first training in The Netherlands. This training was the catalyst for a veritable revolution in existing Ving Tsun schools.
Wong Shun Leung introduced Gert-Jan to Philipp Bayer from Germany, one of his most talented students. This was followed by an intense period of training and co-operation with Philipp Bayer which lasted more than 10 years. Finally Gert-Jan established his own organization in 2005, the UVTKFS. Furthermore he maintains contact with various trainers worldwide of Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun, who openly and enthusiastically share information with each other. In this context Gert-Jan also travelled to Hong Kong and China. By means of research, feedback and tests of training methods, the development continues and the coaching of students persist to improve.
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