What is Ving Tsun?

The philosophy behind this solid fighting system is taking all aspects of fighting into consideration; balance, simultaneity, timing, feeling for distance and assertiveness. The main aim is to quickly end a fight in the most economic, effective and dynamic way. The unique training of Ving Tsun provides methods to improve the reaction and functional fighting power. Ving Tsun is based on reasonable and explainable scientific knowledge at any given time.

- Philipp Bayer (paraphrased from his website)

 

Ving Tsun and wing chun are both 詠春

At times, Ving Tsun may seem contradictory because of how deep the system can get from simple ideas. Ving Tsun's principal is to be a system that can reach a maximum level of efficiency by:

  • Minimizing/eradicating excess movements and distances traveled by movements

  • Maximizing use of advantageous leverage and angling

  • Maximizing power output

  • Maximizing speed

Ving tsun is not a game or a competition

There are no weight classes, and we do not train to last 5-12 rounds in a ring or a cage. It is also not suited for challenges in a friendly manner. Ving Tsun is designed to incapacitate your opponent in the shortest amount of time, or provide you with a chance to escape a dangerous situation. Many aspects of what the system is could be very dangerous and easily lethal. To tone down Ving Tsun so that it can fit rules of a competition or to avoid hurting someone also misrepresents Ving Tsun's combative effectiveness. 

Ving tsun is not entertainment or physical therapy

Ving Tsun is a combat system. You will not learn how to perform or entertain, mystical and hidden powers, or cultural propaganda. Ving Tsun is for the development of your fighting ability for the strict purposes of fighting.

Empty Hand Forms

  1. Siu Lim Tao 小念頭 (The Little Idea)

    • A form that consists of just hand movements, but encapsulates most of all hand movements that exist within the system and is the catalyst for all other forms. It is designed to give you the basic framework and idea for how certain motions are carried out. Develops elbow for punching.

  2. Chum Kiu 尋橋 (Seeking the Bridge)

    • A form that consists of many of the hand movements learned in Siu Lim Tao, but with full body movements. It is designed to allow you to connect your body to the elbow and punching ability that you started developing from Siu Lim Tao. Step-and-hand synchronization, rapid torque rotation from the lower body, and conscious awareness of the relationship between all aspects of the motion are the highlights for this form. Develops elbow for punching and body for structural power.

  3. Biu Jee 鏢指 (darting Fingers)

    • A form that consists of many movements that do not reflect the first two forms at all. It is designed to teach you to cut your losses in the many situations where you cannot perform the ideal Ving Tsun movements. This teaches you to break the form so that you can either retreat to safety, or to regain your opportunity to perform Ving Tsun effectively once again.

  4. Wooden Dummy 木人樁 

    • The wooden dummy is an open hand form that is built around the iconic training tool. The tool provides an opportunity to synchronize your training from all the forms with physical feedback and relative reference to movements.


Core Drills

  1. Single hand chi sau 單黐手 (AKA. DAN CHI 單黐)

    • Single Hand Chi Sau trains the elbow for the punch and trains the elbow for changes from punching, while learning to never collapse the arm and to maintain a constant line of attack without retraction of the arm. This is a precursor to Chi Sau.

  2. Chi Sau 黐手 (AKA. Sticking Hands)

    • Chi Sau is the cultivation for punching ability in Wing Chun. Common misconceptions:

      • Upon hearing the word, 黐 (chi, meaning, "sticking"), from the Chinese translation, many people believe that "sticking" is an actual purpose/part of this drill. Misconceptions then lead into ideas such as sticking trains sensitivity, which is incorrect.

      • Upon hearing the word, 黐 (chi), many mistake this homophone to be the same word as 氣 (also pronounced, “chi”, meaning air or internal energy). This is nonsense in both languages, and leads many to believe this drill is designed to train internal energy in some way, which is incorrect.

    • Chi Sau is performed with a training partner to train the punch. Chi Sau provides opportunities for mutual correction, resistance, changing directions of hands without collapsing and retraction, and serves as a platform for many other drills.

  3. Lap Sao 拉手 (AKA. Collecting Hand)

    • A drill that trains the simultaneous cycling of the hands from punching to neutral. Trains the punch like all other drills in the system and provides much less contact and anticipation than Chi Sau. Also serves as a platform for many other drills.

  4. Gor Sau 過手 (AKA. Sparring)

    • Gor Sau is free form training that is a result from proficiency in the other forms and drills of the system. Puts all training into a controlled parameter for fighting. Although free form, the goal of Gor Sau is to keep movements clean. While not a game, there are times in Gor Sau where one should stop and reassess what needs to be worked on.


Weapons

  1. Butterfly swords 八斬刀 (AKA. Blade of 8 cuts)

    • Two swords that are both approximately half the size of a traditional sword. Although impractical in the modern era, they are traditionally taught. Realistic benefits other than utilization of a weapon are:

      • Dramatic increase in emphasis on footwork.

      • Further emphasis on synchronization of arms and legs.

      • The development of more extreme strategies when it comes to dealing with weapons in a realistic manner.

  2. dragon pole 六點半棍 (AKA. 6 and a half point pole)

    • A long, wooden pole that measures 9.5 feet on average. Although impractical in the modern era, it is traditionally taught. Realistic benefits other than utilization of a weapon are:

      • Dramatic increase in emphasis on the development of punching power in training.

      • Synchronization of arms and legs for explosive power generation.

      • The development of more extreme strategies when it comes to dealing with weapons in a realistic manner.