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.
Taan Sao "Palm-Up Hand" Of the Ving Tsun hand techniques the Taan Sao is generally accepted as one of the most distinctive individual techniques in the system. It can be applied in many ways and has at least four distinctive shapes. In the end though, no matter what fancy names people come up with, whether the Taan Sao is used on the inside or outside gate or high or low it is all still Taan Sao.
An Old Article About Moy Yat Since the death of Yip Man in 1972, there have been many who have tried to fill the void left by his absence. Where once there was only one ving tsun family, now there are many. Before, there was Yip Man’s ving tsun. Now, there are many systems, each looking a little different from the rest, with most claiming to be “authentic” ving tsun.
Code of conduct of the Moy Tung Kung Fu Academy A marble carving with these rules from Yip Man’s school hangs in the Hong Kong headquarters of the Ving Tsun Athletic Association. Remain disciplined. Conduct yourself ethically as a martial artist. Practice courtesy and righteousness. Serve the society and respect your elders. Love your fellow students. Be united and avoid conflicts. Limit your desires and pursuit of bodily pleasures.
Kuen Kuit Proverb Seal The Kuen Kuit are proverbs which encapsulate the wisdom accumulated through generations of martial arts experience in the Ving Tsun family. Over hundreds of years the Grand Masters came across the same experiences and principles which they formulated into maxims to pass to their disciples when they came into a similar situation. The Grand Masters generally passed down the proverbs by word of mouth to their students on an informal basis.
The study of Siu Nim Tao, Chum Kiu and Biu Je is known as the Ving Tsun Trilogy. All three forms are vitally linked to each other and their study is the foundation for growth in Ving Tsun. The Ving Tsun system must be taken in as a whole, all the parts must be learned to master the system. Each of the forms has a separate but related function in helping achieve that mastery.
Martial arts training seems to be inextricably linked to ideas of wisdom. Many books have been written by martial artists both ancient and modern on the topic of what they have learned through their practice. So how does a student of philosophy go about achieving a clear understanding of what is referred to in those books? Experience alone can provide a relevant context. The study of martial arts is primarily a physical experience.
In addition to learning the Ving Tsun forms, a student will learn numerous exercises (known as two-person drills) which are designed to develop balance, coordination, energy, relaxation, sensitivity, and timing. These drills also serve to enhance a student’s understanding of Ving Tsun principles. Below are some of the two-person drills and hand/foot techniques typically taught to Ving Tsun students. Two-Person Drills Lop Sao Drill Grabbing arm and quan sao position Pak Sao Drill - Slap hand block and chain punch
Moy Yat Playing Siu Nim Tao Siu Nim Tao is a form that is easy to learn but not quite so easy to play well. One must keep several things in mind in order to achieve a high caliber of Siu Nim Tao. Of course, the most important requirement is to know all the movements in the proper sequence. The movements are in themselves simple ones, but it is essential that they are performed frequently, in a relaxed manner.