Wing Chun Kung Fu (Ving Tsun)
Ving Tsun Tong Fellowship (By Late Grand Master Yip Man)
The founder of the Ving Tsun Kung Fu system, Miss Yim Ving Tsun, was a native of Canton China. As a young girl, she was intelligent, athletic, upstanding, and manly. She was betrothed to Leung Bok Chau, a salt merchant of fukien. Soon after that, her mother died. Her father, Yim Yee, was then wrongfully accused of a crime, and nearly went to jail. So the family moved far away, and finally settled down at the foot of Tai Leung mountain near the Yunnan-Szechuan border. There, they earned a living by selling bean curd. All this happened during the reign of Emperor K'anghsi (1662-1722).
At the time, kung fu was becoming very strong in Siu Lam (Shaolin) Monastery of Mount Sung, Honan. This aroused the fear of the Manchu government, which sent troops to attack the monastery. They were unsuccessful. A man called Chan Man Wai was the first placed graduate of the Civil Service Examination that year. He was seeking favor with the government, and suggested a plan. He plotted with Siu Lam monk, Ma Ning Yee, and others. They set fire to the monastery while soldiers attacked it from the outside. Siu Lam was burnt down, and the monks scattered. Buddhist Abbess Ng Miu, Abbot Chi Shin, Abbot Pak Mei, Masters Fung To Tak and Master Miu Hin escaped and fled their separate ways.
Ng Miu took refuge in White Crane Temple on Mount Tai Leung (also known as Mount Chai Har). There she came to know Tim Tee and his daughter Yim Ving Tsun. She bought bean curds at their store. They became friends.
Ving Tsun was a young woman then, and her beauty attracted the attention of a local bully. He tried to force Ving Tsun to marry him. She and her father were very worried. Ng Miu learned of this and took pity on Ving Tsun. She agreed to teach Ving Tsun fighting techniques so that she could protect herself. The she would be able to solve the problem with the bully, and marry Leung Bok Toa, her betrothed husband. So Ving Tsun followed Ng Miu into the mountains, and started to learn kung fu. She trained night and day, and mastered the techniques. Then she challenged the local bully to a fight and beat him. Ng Miu set off to travel around the country, but before she left, she told Ving Tsun to strictly honor the kung fu traditions, to develop her kung fu after her marriage, and to help the people working to overthrow the Manchu government and restore the Ming Dynasty. This is how Ving Tsun Kung Fu was handed down by Abbess Ng Miu.
After the marriage, Ving Tsun taught her kung fu to her husband Leung Bok Toa, and he passed his kung fu techniques on to Leung Lan Kwai.Leung Lan Kwai passed it on to Wong Wah Po. Wong Wah Po was a member of an opera troupe on-board a junk, known to the Chinese as the Red Junk. Wong worked on the Red Junk with Leung Yee Tai. It so happened that Abbot Chi Shin, who fled from Siu Lam, had disguised himself as a cook and was now working on the Red Junk. Chi Shin taught the six-and-a-half-point Long Pole techniques to Leung Yee Tai. Wong Wah Po was close to Leung Yee Tai, and they shared what they knew about kung fu. Together they correlated and improved their techniques, and thus the six-and-a-half-point Long Pole Techniques were incorporated into Ving Tsun Kung Fu.
Leung Yee Tai passed the kung fu on to Leung Jan, a well known herbal doctor in Fat Shan. Leung Jan grasped the innermost secrets of Ving Tsun, and attained the highest level of proficiency. Many kung fu masters came to challenge him, but all were defeated. Leung Jan became very famous. Later, he passed his kung fu on to Chan Wah Suen, who took me as his student many decades ago. I studied kung fu alongside my kung fu brothers such as Ng Siu Lo, Ng Chung So, Chan Yu Min and Lui Yu Jai. Ving Tsun was thus passed down to us, and we are eternally grateful to our kung fu ancestors and teachers. We will always remember and appreciate our roots, and this shared feeling will always keep our kung fu brothers close together. This is why I am organizing the Ving Tsun fellowship, and I hope my kung fu brothers will support me in this. This will be very important in the promotion of kung fu.
Late Grand Master Yip Man
Late Grand Master Moy Yat
Master Walter Jakimczuk (Tang Fu Fung)
Master Wade Wallace