Most people first hear of Ving Tsun (also commonly spelled Wing Chun) via Ip Man and his student Bruce Lee. Ving Tsun Kung Fu is a southern Shaolin martial art that emphasizes close quarter combat. Ving Tsun is a unique form of martial art that is often referred to as the science of in fighting. It stresses the application of principles and attributes over technique. In Ving Tsun, the practitioner learns to interpret conditions to dictate the method to use rather than trying to apply some predetermined response. With this in mind, Ving Tsun is considered a system and not a style of martial art. This approach makes this martial art different from kickboxing, karate, and other styles of kung fu.
Theoretically, Ving Tsun focuses on the manipulation of time, distance (space), and energy, in order to fight as economically and efficiently as possible.
Ving Tsun practitioner are taught to rely on correct body structure, footwork, sensitivity and relaxation, instead of brute power and strength. This makes it well suited for those with average strength or later in years. Like other martial arts this system uses open hand strikes, punches, elbows, knees, sweeps, and kicks (below the waist), it particularly focuses on trapping and controlling the attacker’s limbs during a confrontation, fight, or simply in self defense. The Ving Tsun practitioner utilizes tactile sensitivity to read his opponents energy and quickly respond in the most efficient manner possible. The ability to do this is developed through an exercise called Chi Sao, which is unique to Ving Tsun and is one of the main tool in Ving Tsun training. Ving Tsun an ideal martial art for self defense, but more importantly possible for anyone to learn.
The fighting strategies of this martial art are derived from three empty hand forms, Sui Nim Tao (little idea), Chum Kiu (bridge seeking/searching), Biu Jee (darting fingers), and practiced and enhanced in chi sau (sao) and wooden dummy (Muk Yan Jong form) training. The weapons forms (Luk Dim Boon Kwan, six & a half point pole, and Bat Jom Dao, eight cutting knives) within this martial art are also essential to understanding Ving Tsun and developing power.
We strive to have as complete a training system as possible. As such we need to address each of the four main fighting categories of traditional Chinese martial arts. The categories are Kicking (Ti), Striking (Da), Chin Na (Na), and Wrestling (Shuai). We not only train these areas but learn the relationship they have to each other.
Chin Na or Qinna (literally translates as technique of catching and locking) is a Chinese term describing joint lock techniques used in the Chinese martial arts to control or lock an opponent's joints or muscles/tendons so he cannot move, thus neutralizing the opponent's fighting ability.
Shuai Jiao (to throw onto the ground through wrestling with legs). Specializes in countering against punches and kicks, and in using defense as an offense, Shuai Jiao is commonly used for short-range fighting and for taking down an opponent.
Soft Qigong is also trained. Soft Qigong trains you to be soft, relaxed and coordinated. Soft Qigong promotes good health of the spine and helps to keep the waist and torso fit and flexible. This is key to developing smooth and flexible whip like martial power.
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