Made famous by Bruce Lee, Ving Tsun is a close range combat form of Chinese Kung Fu that has been developed over hundreds of years, with its roots in the Shaolin Temple tradition.
Ving Tsun is an effective self defense system that concentrates on concepts and ideas rather than set techniques. It emphasizes directness, softness and correct body structure rather than strength. As well as teaching one how to deal with stress and fear in a given situation, Ving Tsun can help you diffuse violence and improve your self-potential including your health and fitness.
The original system was based on 3 empty hand forms:
1st Form (Siu Lim Tao) The young idea form
2nd Form (Chum Kiu) Bridging the gap form
3rd Form (Biu Jee) Thrusting fingers (the emergency form)
Other training forms include:
Muk Yan Jong (‘wooden dummy’)
Chi Sau (‘sticky hand’ – exercises based on sensitivity which help fight at close distances)
Luk Dim Boon Gwan (‘the long pole’ weapon form)
Baat Jaam Do (butterfly knives form that roughly translates as ‘eight cutting techniques’)
Ving Tsun does not pit strength against strength, many of the exercises are scientific in approach and training is carried out in an atmosphere of co-operation as opposed to one of aggressive competition. This allows students to develop freely and at their own pace. It is possible for a complete novice to become competent within one year, although, as with any true art, practical ability is only the beginning.
Ving Tsun’s effectiveness as a practical self-defense method is well documented, refined over the years for economy and direct application. The style does not easily lend its self to display or sport as some more flamboyant styles do. This is because the apparent simplicity of the system disguises the power and speed behind its subtle technique.Typical techniques include; swift low kicks, close body control and short, but devastatingly powerful strikes from the hands (such as the inch punch).