Ving Tsun Kung Fu

Ving Tsun Kung Fu (pronounced wing chun) is an ancient Chinese martial art that was designed in times of war as an effective military technology. We practice it in modern times to defend ourselves in the streets, as well as explore our own economy of motion, and to develop deeper relaxation. The main principles of the system are centerlineefficiency, and relaxation. To achieve optimal execution of these principles, we practice forms and two person drills.

Theory

"Kung fu without a system is not kung fu, kung fu dependent on a system is not good kung fu." - Grandmaster Moy Yat

  • The concepts of Ving Tsun as a unique martial art are rooted in optimization of the body for self-defense fighting.

  • The insights that define the art:

    • Efficiency: both of movement and training time so that Ving Tsun fighting skill can be realized quickly.
    • Relaxation: of the body and mind, trained deeply enough to be maintained while facing attacks.
    • Centerline: intent and action focused on the shortest path to victory.
Instructor Kris playing Lop Sau with a young student.

Practice

"Theory teaches, practice proves." - Grandmaster Moy Tung

Forms Training

  • The classical exercises of chinese kung fu, perfected by generations of masters since antiquity. Learned in class, practiced individually, they develop the stance, posture, techniques, and power dynamics of the fighting art.
1st chamber form

Partnered Drills

  • The Ving Tsun has a carefully constructed set of collaborative hands-on exercises in which students are partnered to practice specific techniques with varying intensity and levels of resistance. The drills enable students to condition the body and develop effective Ving Tsun reflexes, with minimal risk of injury.
This is a montage of a workshop hosted by the Detroit Kung Fu Academy and lead by Sifu Owen Matson on the drill Don Chi Sao.
Instructor Kris playing Lop Sau with a young student.
1st chamber form
This is a montage of a workshop hosted by the Detroit Kung Fu Academy and lead by Sifu Owen Matson on the drill Don Chi Sao.