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What is WSL Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) Gung-fu?

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Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) is a fighting system that requires neither great strength, nor great athletic ability. Instead, this southern Chinese combat system uses one's own natural body structure to develop power, speed and efficient "tools" to deal with the reality of violent physical assault.

 

Sifu Wong Shun LeungGM Ip Man'WSL Ving Tsun Combat Science' (named in honour of its founder, the late Sifu Wong Shun Leung) is the method developed by him through many years of research and training, based upon the skills that he inherited from his own teacher, the late Grandmaster of Hong Kong Ving Tsun fame, Ip Man. Through his celebrated beimo ("skills comparisons") in the 50s & 60s, Wong Sifu refined the methods he had learnt from Ip Man, turning them into an even more effective fighting system that emphasised logic, science and practicality.

Not too long before he died in 1997, Wong Sifu had begun referring to his interpretation of this art in Cantonese as 'Ving Tsun Kuen Hok' (詠春拳學), or "Scientific Ving Tsun Pugilism" as a means of distinguishing his version of the system from that of other disciples of his late teacher. Today we honour that legacy by passing on his methods here in Malaysia and around the world as 'WSL Ving Tsun Combat Science'.

Unlike many traditional martial art systems, Ving Tsun focuses on "in-fighting" – that is, close-range combat. It strives to overwhelm the adversary at the very first opportunity, rendering them unable to retaliate effectively. Of particular advantage to practitioners of this system is the ability to respond instinctively whenever one's limbs are obstructed or in any way pressed, dragged or jammed-up by an opponent. This high-level skill is developed and enhanced through the training drill known as Chi Sau ("sticking-hands"), and when trained to an advanced level, can even enable the Ving Tsun fighter to attack and control when the eyesight is obstructed. The hands literally learn to "think for themselves", thus further adding to the ability of the Ving Tsun practitioner to work the "in-fighting" range effectively.

'WSL Ving Tsun Combat Science' is based upon the mastery and understanding of three "empty-hand" training patterns (forms) – 'Siu Nim Tau' ("young idea"), 'Cham Kiu' ("bridge-seeking") and 'Biu Ji' ("pointing fingers") forms. It also incorporates movements practised upon the 'Muk Yan Jong' ("wooden-man dummy") and two weapons forms – the 'Luk Dim Boon Gwan' ("six-and-a-half point pole") form, and the 'Baat Jaam Do' ("eight-slash knives") form.

 

 

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