The Art of Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) Kung Fu
“Wing Chun”—The most practical self-defense system for adults. Tenets of Wing Chun include practicality, efficiency and economy of movement. The system of Wing Chun is based on 2 theories and 3 principles that highlight the simplicity of this traditional form of Chinese Kung-Fu. Its roots are centuries old and its techniques have been passed down through the ages by dedicated disciples. Grand Master Sunny Tang is a 2nd generation Disciple of Yip Man (Bruce Lee’s teacher), and one of the first to bring Wing Chun to Canada.
Training is based on certain fundamental principles, which take into account the limitation and capability of human movements, the relative position between the practitioner and the opponent, and the most economic movement to achieve the desired result under any situation. The training is strict and requires a high level of concentration, conceptual understanding and discipline. Classes are open to all levels from beginner to advanced and practitioners are encouraged to develop their skills through paired training and controlled application. In 1996 as tribute to the now late Grand Master Moy Yat, the spelling of Ving Tsun as opposed to the more traditional “Wing Chun” was incorporated by our schools as recognition to the lineage of our Kung Fu Family. (Recommended for practitioners 14 yrs and over)
Ving Tsun is a result-oriented style of Chinese Martial Arts known for its economy of movement and simplicity. The system of ving tsun is governed by three areas of understanding: Theories , Principles, and Idioms.
Theory: a formulation of underlying priciples of a certain observed phenonmena which has been verified to some degree
Straight line theory:
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.
The straight line theory in Ving Tsun dictates that given enough power, a straight line attack will reach a target first and negate all other movement from your opponent. Thus, Ving Tsun offensive attacks are delivered directly to the target via the straight line.
Centre line theory:
The centre line is the vertical line that symmetrically divides your body in two.
The centre line theory dictates that as long as you attack and defend through the centre line of the body, you will be in the most advantageous position. When an attack originates from the centre line, it occupies the centre line and also serves as protection during the attack. Hand and foot techniques can both be applied to the centre line. There is only one centre line in the Ving Tsun terminology.
Principle: a fundemental truth, law, etc. On which others are based. A rule of conduct. The method of a things operation.
Idiom: an accepted phrase or expression having a meaning different from the literal
Ving Tsun idioms are phrases and concepts which aid in the understanding towards the use of the theories and principles in all situations. If you were to look at the theories and principles as a formula, the idioms will dictate how you would apply them.
For example: Idiom; "Face the shape" dictates that to ensure the centre line attack is effective, the centre line must face the target or shape. In combat, a Ving Tsun practitioner follows and faces his target as if he were the shadow of the target. Further, there is always a psychological meaning to each idiom as there is a physical meaning. When facing the shape you are to treat your opponent as a shape and nothing more, in order to maximize your confidence and application of Ving Tsun. Regardless of size, build, emotion, or any other characteristic, your opponent becomes nothing more than a shape.
Attribute: a characteristic or quality of a person or thing.