Grandmaster Yip Man training with Bruce Lee

History of Ving Tsun

The goal of Ving Tsun is to teach practical self-defense in the shortest amount of time possible. Its techniques are based on positioning, leverage and simple physics, allowing the student to borrow the opponent’s strength and turn it against them.

Ving Tsun (pronounced ‘wing-chun’) is a complete system of self-defense which works for everyone regardless of size, strength, gender or athleticism.

Practitioners of Ving Tsun employ kicks, punches, elbow and knee strikes, grappling, throwing, and anti-grappling / anti-groundfighting techniques. Ving Tsun is the original “mixed martial art” having combined the use of these techniques for more than 250 years.

Ving Tsun was founded in China during the Ching Dynasty and passed on as an exclusive fighting method until the mid-20th century. At that time, the late Grandmaster Yip Man brought the art from mainland China to Hong Kong in 1949. By the 1960’s many students of GM Yip Man, such as the late Bruce Lee, began teaching and the art spread throughout Europe and North America.

Today Ving Tsun is practiced by close to 1 million practitioners world-wide in over 64 countries. In Europe, nearly 75% of the military special forces and anti-terrorist units either teach Ving Tsun or incorporate it into their close-quarter battle (CQB) training programs. The modern system of Ving Tsun is a systematic training method which allows the student to learn quickly. This training method is unique to Ving Tsun and brings students to a real level of self-defense skill in a short period of time.