Ving Tsun is a simple and direct martial arts system that emphasizes the economy of motion and energy efficiency through use of the centerline concept. Energy is not wasted with flashy Kung Fu moves and emphasis is placed self defense methods that are effective at close combat ranges. Ving Tsun implements techniques that can be performed whether you are 8 or 80 years old.
In training, it is practiced more like a meditation than a fight. When used as a meditation, Ving Tsun helps the practitioner achieve higher states of relaxed awareness and focus. In real world situations, it is a method of self defense that is to be used as a last resort when all other non-violent options (such as running or talking your way out of it) have been exhausted. When used in a self defense situation, Ving Tsun techniques have the potential to cause permanent injury or death. As a result, Ving Tsun is not appropriate for competition or tournament-style fighting and we do not train for competitions or tournaments at this school.
It was developed several hundred years ago by a nun called Ng Mui. As the legend goes, Ng Mui modified the Kung Fu she knew after witnessing a fight between a snake and crane. She then met a girl named Ving Tsun and taught her the Kung Fu as a form of self defense against a bully who wanted to make her his wife. Ving Tsun divided the system (which her followers named after her) into 6 parts, learned in the following order:
1. Sil Nim Tao (Little Beginners Idea - 1st Form)
2. Chum Kiu (Seeking the Bridge - 2nd Form)
3. Bil Jee (Thrusting Fingers - 3rd Form)
4. Muk Yan Jong (Wooden Dummy)
5. Luk Dim Boon Gwan (6 1/2 Point Pole)
6. Bot Jom Dao (Eight Way Chopping Knives)
In addition to the aforementioned, there are supplemental exercises intended to aid the student in their application and understanding of Ving Tsun concepts. These exercises are learned in addition to the forms in the following order:
1. Pak Sao (Blocking Technique)
2. Pak Dar (Block-Strike Technique)
3. Lap Sao (Grabbing Hand Technique)
4. Dan Chi Sao (One-hand Chi sao)
5. Chi Sao (Sticking Hands Excercise)
6. Chi Gerk (Sticking Leg Excercise)