WHAT IS VING TSUN?
Ving Tsun is not a game, it’s a scientific method of combat. The goal is to survive and instantly end a fight. Principles of mathematics, physics, combat strategies, anatomy and psychology, makes Ving Tsun a logical, efficient and effective system. Training should be taken seriously to develop awareness, confidence, skill, courage and strength. Use your full effort to become the best version of yourself and help others in their growing process.
Wong Shun Leung gives his vision. Next to him our interpreter Kwok Fai.
The foundations lie in the Shaolin Temple of China, after which the aim was to improve the existing techniques on all vulnerabilities and imperfections. Movements thus became shorter, more efficient, faster and more focused. The system is therefore universal and applicable in every situation. The technique must already function with little force in order to be able to use it with a physically stronger opponent. By observing, training and improving this for several generations, Ving Tsun has been successfully developed.
Eventually, Grandmaster Yip (Ip) Man taught Ving Tsun in Hong Kong for many years, with which he played a decisive role in its distribution and fame. Bruce Lee was a famous student of Yip Man, who is still popular through his films. He was also taught by Wong Shun Leung, one of Yip Mans most successful students, a talented and "streetwise" Ving Tsun practitioner. Wong's knowledge and experience has had a major impact on the further development of Ving Tsun, also within our society.
Some people mention that Ving Tsun is "fighting up close".This may sound strange, and it actually is. Fighting at distance is of course not very effective. Still there are may martial arts where there is made much use of movements that start far away from the oppontent. You can see this also in many films about martial arts; the fights usually look very spectacular and acrobatic, and the hero of the story doesn't lose any fight. This may be impressive and fun to watch, but it is not a realistic in a real fight. Every motion that you make unnecessary costs your energy, and every detour you take costs time. And much more important, that makes you more vulnerable to your opponent's attacks. To win, you will have to make short and solid moves, close to your opponent, without using unnecessary show elements. This is the core idea of Ving Tsun.
The "centerline principle" and "simultaneous attack and defense" form the basis of the system.
Through form and partner training you work on controlling a structure, dynamics and a correct anticipation on the actions of your opponent. Speed and a sense of distance are being trained. You learn to maintain your own stability and how you can bring your opponent out of balance. You start to think critically about how your actions within a fight, and why. From what angle is an attack effective? Why is it not always useful to kick? What is an effective punch? How do you dose your energy? With all these questions you have to deal with.
In a fight you always have to take the most adverse circumstances into account, such as an opponent who is stronger or fitter than you. Therefore with Ving Tsun the emphasis is on improving technique, and not only on using force.
This makes Ving Tsun suitable for practitioners of different ages.