Introduction

Many people ask me why Wong's way of Ving Tsun is so different than other Sifus. Essentially I can only apply this question to the United Kingdom as that is where the question is asked and that is where I know the question is true. For example one very noticeable difference is the way the Wong's system turns. In many styles of Ving Tsun in the U.K., when the practitioner turns he puts most if not all his weight on the back leg which of course moves him away from the opponent. Wong system turns...

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Wing Chun Kuen is said to be some four hundred years old. Its origins and early history are quickly becoming an area of a great deal of debate. Whatever the early history, today Wing Chun is perhaps the most popular Chinese style of Kung Fu. The late grandmaster Yip Man is now a legendary figure in Chinese Martial Arts circles and the man responsible for bringing Wing Chun Kuen into the modern world. Yip Man taught many people and one of his most respected students is Master Wong Shun Leung. In...

Death Of A Legend

Following what doctors in Hong Kong described as a 'subarachnoid haemorrhage' and lapsing into a coma lasting 17 days, wing chun's King of the Challenge Match, sifu Wong Shun Leung, passed away peacefully on January 28th, 1997 he was just 61 years of age. Wong had been with a group of friends at the Wing Chun Athletic Association on Sunday January 12th, enjoying a few games of cards and Mahjong when he complained of feeling unwell. Soon afterwards he collapsed into a coma from which he never...

The Early Years

Self Defense Side Kick

Self-defence is only an illusion, a dark cloak beneath which lurks a razor-sharp dagger waiting to be plunged into the first unwary victim. Whoever declares that any weapon manufactured today, whether it be a nuclear missile or a .33 special, is created for self-defence should look a little more closely at his own image in the mirror. Either he is a liar or is deceiving himself. Wing Chun Kung Fu is a very sophisticated weapon nothing else. It is a science of combat, the intent of which is the...

Ving Tsun A Positive Attitude

If the opponent's attack in not down the centreline, then the Ving Tsun practitioner will hit first, as a straight line is the quickest way to the target. This is combined with the Ving Tsun stance thrusting the body forward from the back leg thus dissolving the opponents attack. If the opponent's attack did happen to travel down the centreline, then the Ving Tsun practitioner must still think attack, and deflect the opponent's attack with his on the way to the target. Fig.1 gives an...

The Home of Modern Ving Tsun

Self Defense Kicking

April 1994 and it was time for another visit to Hong Kong to learn and train under the world famous Master Wong Shun Leung. His school is situated on the second floor of a block of flats in Kowloon. Visitors can recognise the school from the large sign on the front wall outside. This also is the home of the headquarters of the Hong Kong Ving Tsun Athletic Association's meetings on Wednesday afternoons when many well known instructors from Hong Kong meet to discuss their business. The school is...

Rusper Patel

Biu Jee Application

Sifu demonstrates the idea of always attacking the opponent. SIFU WONG SHUN LEUNG has been involved in martial arts for nearly 40 years. His experience began like any schoolboy, by becoming involved in local fights. This developed into an interest in martial arts. He made a name for himself by successfully fighting, for Ving Tsun, against representatives from other schools of martial arts. Now his reputation is world-wide as a teacher of Ving Tsun Kung Fu. He has a very realistic and practical...

Sifu Clive Potter

Side Palm Ving

One of the most important aspects of Ving Tsun Kung Fu, is the understanding of centreline theory and thus angles of attack and defence. Indeed, once stance is in place, the first two moves of the first form, Sil Lin Tau, is the tracing out of the centreline, using the arms like the arcs of a compass. See Figs. 1 and 2 It is widely recognised in Ving Tsun, that practitioners think of and their opponents as having a centreline as in Figs. 1 and said that if the attacker or defendant turns, then...

Sheung

During the week of 20th September 1990, we had the honour of meeting Master Won Shun Leung and Master Tsui Sheung Tin from Hong Kong. Master Tsui Sheung Tin was the third official student of the late Grandmaster Yip Man in Hong Kong and Master Wong Shun Leung was probably THE most famous fighter of the Wing Chun clan in the early 1950's. Bruce Lee was a student of Yip Man but it was mostly Wong Shun Leung who taught Bruce Lee his Wing Chun. Yvette Wong invited the two masters to visit the city...

Beimo

Wong Shun Leung's Philosophy of Real Fighting The following article is a personal account of what Ving Tsun master Wong Shun Leung feels, are the main lessons he has learned about combat through his experiences of beimo or skill comparison, a somewhat subtle way of naming the many full-on fights he had with practitioners of literally dozens of Chinese and other fighting systems during his 40 plus years as a Ving Tsun devotee. The beimo is a long established tradition in the Chinese martial arts...

Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun Seminar

Wong Shun Leung

Master Wong demonstrates Huen Sau in Biu Jee Master Wong demonstrates Huen Sau in Biu Jee The 2nd July heralded the Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun Association U.K. 's highlight of the year, the yearly Wong Shun Leung seminar held in St.Albans, Hertfordshire. Master Wong had arrived in the United Kingdom after completing seminars in Germany, Holland, Switzerland and Poland. Included in the visiting guests who had flown with Master Wong from Germany was Senior Instructor, Philipp Beyer who represents...

Clive Potter

Wing Chun Techniques Elbow Drill

One of the aspects that has made Ving Tsun famous, is its short range centreline punch. To produce power at such a range, accuracy of technique is essential combined with the forward body movement used with the punch. The punch has to do two jobs, hit the opponent and uproot his stance. The punch does not hit by using just the fist and arm it uses the whole body. The hand, though closed into a fist, should not be clenched tightly as this stiffens up the forearm and wrist and hampers speed and...