A Training System
Ving Tsun Kung Fu is a martial arts training system rather than a fighting or fist style. Students of Ving Tsun develop a foundation of proven martial arts principles, rather than simply memorizing a collection of techniques. Through training, a student conditions their body to perform the most economical movements along the centerline. As a result, a Ving Tsun student can use a number of powerful hand and foot techniques, employ simultaneous offense and defense and engage hand-trapping skills.
Our Ving Tsun curriculum is based on three open hand forms, several two-person drills, and Chi Sao. The practice of these forms and exercises, as well as the study of the Ving Tsun principles, is the foundation of our training. Advanced training on the Muk Yan Jong (wooden dummy) and Ving Tsun weapons allows a practitioner to further refine their kung fu in the pursuit of mastering the art.
As well as learning forms, the student will also train two-person exercises that develop specific concepts of the Ving Tsun system. These drills allow students to put the Ving Tsun principles learned through the forms into practice with a partner. As the students progress, they will begin working on the Chi Sau exercise, where students exchange techniques in a free flowing dynamic environment. Chi Sau develops good fighting habits ideal for self defense.
Forms are used to condition the body and, through repetition, develop muscle memory so that Ving Tsun positions become more and more potent. Eventually, applying Ving Tsun turns into a reflex, allowing the student to react to a situation much quicker than if they have to think about what action is required.
Siu Nim Tao – Siu Nim Tao (little beginning idea) is the foundation of all Ving Tsun. This form contains the hand positions and movements of our system and promotes a relaxed energy. It also trains your "horse stance" to become a strong base, enabling a practitioner to use the whole body to generate power with every movement.
Chum Kiu – Chum Kiu (seeking the bridge) continues to train your horse and adds movement with the idea of creating a “bridge” or connection with your opponent. Timing, coordination and balance are very important. In this form, the Ving Tsun student learns about changing centerline.
Biu Jee – Biu Gee (darting fingers) or “standard compass” concentrates on cutting back to centerline, just as the hand on a compass returns to pointing north. Biu Gee is sometimes said to contain emergency techniques that can be used to recover from a loss of centerline. This is the most advanced empty hand form in Ving Tsun and is taught after a student has a thorough understanding of Siu Nim Tao and Chum Kiu.
Muk Yan Jong - Muk Yan Jong, sometimes called “Mui Fa Jong” or “wooden dummy” is used to practice applied Ving Tsun. An eight-part form consisting of 108 Ving Tsun techniques is taught to expert level practitioners. The jong is not used to learn kung fu but to perfect it.
Luk Dim Boon Kwan – The Luk Dim Boon Kwan (6 1/2 point pole) is a long pole used to develop punching power and further study centerline theory. Training includes gin choi (battle punches), biu kwan (thrusting pole), chi kwan and the Luk Dim Boon Kwan form.
Bot Jom Doa – Bot Jom Doa (Eight way chopping knives) is the final stage of one’s Ving Tsun training and represents mastery of the system.