What is Ving Tsun?

Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun Kung Fu, one of the best fighting systems. According to the legend, the Chinese martial art Ving Tsun Kung Fu was developed by a woman in the 17th century and put into effect with great success. Four generations later, it was Yip Man who gave the system it’s reputation in Hong Kong and taught until his death in 1972. The most successful fighter among Yip Man’s students was assumed to be Wong Shun Leung, who has made a significant contribution to the growth of Ving Tsun. 

Ving Tsun has been developed with one thought in mind, namely surviving a fight. The philosophy emphasizes consistency, balance and simultaneousness of action to economically, effectively, and dynamically end a fight as quick as possible. Ving Tsun also forms a stronger physical and mental capacity within the practitioner. 

Ving Tsun does not include any flashy or acrobatic components, such as we see in well-known films, which may be spectacular but also very unrealistic. Ving Tsun is scientific in every facet through it’s fully logical theory which handles all possible situations from which a fight could exist. The age-old principles and ideas are timeless, tested and evaluated through generations, and can be applied in all circumstances. Trademarks are the directness and simplicity with which the opponent is handled. The natural, solid movements are developed with a deep knowledge of human anatomy and presuppose mathematical and physicist principles. 

Because opponents with greater muscle mass are always taken into account, the priority in Ving Tsun does not lie on strength but on perfecting technique. This does not mean that Ving Tsun with its sudden explosive movements does not hit hard. Ving Tsun is one of the most polished martial arts in existence by the fact that it uses ' economy of movement ' as a basis. 

By using the whole body such as weapon, the hands, elbows and shoulders for punching, blocking and grip, the legs for kicking and disturbing balance, Ving Tsun is very complete. The specially combined principles, the ' center line principle' and 'simultaneous attack and defense', form an impermeable theory. 

The basis exercises are easy to learn for a beginner. There are no special beginner techniques; all movements and exercises which are learned remain a component of the training. The exercises have such value in terms of control, motor coordination, stance, muscle use, and speed that they all can be endlessly developed. The underlying concepts reach far enough to stimulate and challenge even the most committed practitioners. Ving Tsun Kung Fu is a fascinating fighting system, but above all, it is direct and effective. 

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Actually, all Western translations are equally right and wrong. As it is known in China where our system originates, the Western alphabet is not in use. The Chinese writing consists only of symbols. The different spellings have arisen by translating the consonance of the Chinese character to a Western phonetical alphabet. 

Among those spellings are: Ving Tsun, Wing Chun, Wing Tsun, Ving Chun. By using different spellings, organizations and schools generally want to indicate that they have a certain interpretation of the system. A certain spelling gives no further guarantee that you have found the correct school. How an organization or teacher writes it also says nothing concerning their technical level and if the movements and ideas are correctly communicated. 

The spelling Ving Tsun was proposed by Yip Man, the teacher of Wong Shun Leung. The Ving Tsun Athletic Association in Hong Kong, which was established in 1967, was the first to use this spelling.