Martial Arts Lessons for Adults and Kids.

Whether you prefer private or group classes, get a great workout and learn self defense.

Watch our latest teaser for Kung Fu Life: Episode 1, Sil Nim Tao.
This video will be coming soon with over two hours of lectures and training footage.

Martial Arts Lessons

We teach traditional Martial Arts Lessons in Richmond’s West End. We teach the Moy Yat Ving Tsun (pronounced “Wing Chun”) Kung Fu system. This style of Martial Arts comes from the Shaolin Temple in China. The system was passed through seven generations of Grandmasters until Yip Man became the eighth generation Grandmaster. He taught in Hong Kong from 1949-1972. Among his famous students are Bruce Lee, Wong Sheung Leung, Moy Bing Wah, Ip Chun, Ip Ching, Ma Po, and many other famous Sifus. One of his closest students was Grandmaster Moy Yat. Grandmaster Moy Yat taught in Chinatown, NY. One of his closest students, Anthony Moy Tung opened the first Ving Tsun school in Richmond in 1986.

In 2011 one of Grandmaster Moy Tung’s students, Sifu O’Brien, opened the West End branch, the Academy of Kung Fu.

We have carried on the traditions as taught through the generations and maintained by Grandmaster Moy Tung. When other styles were turning their Martial Arts into sports and promoting belts, Grandmaster Moy Tung taught his students in the traditional manner as he was taught. He understood that Martial Arts lessons are not for competition, games or promoting the ego. The way of Martial Arts is about self defense, good health, self improvement and improving one’s community.

We preserve and teach the complete Ving Tsun Kung Fu System. We teach Martial Arts lessons to honorable people who can use their skill and strength to overcome adversaries and protect life.

We offer Martial Arts lessons for men, women and children. Adult classes are held M,W,F at 6:00pm and Saturday at 12:00pm. Children’s classes are held T/Th. 4:00-5:00 (ages 4-7) 5:00-6:00 (ages 8-14). You can view more details about classes here.

Phone: 346-3478
Address: 8904 West Broad St. Richmond, VA 23294

First Section of Sil Nim Tao

Watch Sifu Barry O’Brien play the first section of our form, Sil Nim Tao. This is played from the perspective of the student to help those just starting to learn the form.


What makes Ving Tsun different from other Martial Arts Lessons?

  • Our goal is to teach you real martial arts so you can protect yourself and your family.
  • Here you have the option to train up to 4 hours a night with your Sifu present. Sifu Barry O’Brien personally teaches classes while monitoring students’ progress. This is how traditional martial art is taught. We encourage you to call around and ask how long classes are, you will be surprised at the difference.
  • When you look at cost per training hour at other schools you will see there is literally no competition.
  • The majority of our students train between 2-3 hours a night plus home training and seminars. This yields Martial Artists with 1,000+ hours of training in 2-3 years. This is not possible with most other styles even if that many hours were available. This is because they lack the Martial Art foundation. Many schools would rather teach 3 or more different classes in 3 hours in order to maximize their profit.
  • No testing or boosting egos. As a matter of fact, we want you to lose your ego. Ego cause cognitive dissonance, which makes learning doubly difficult. Our goal is to teach you real self defense that is automatic and subconscious. We want our students to be the strongest people they can possibly be.

Martial Arts Lessons

This Ancient Martial Art Has Been Around For Over 300 Years And It Is Still Being Praised.

Our students love that they can get a great workout that is exciting and useful. The confidence that Ving Tsun builds is priceless and could save your life.

I’ve trained a few different places, but this is the only place I’ve stayed. Good workout, excellent group of folks, and a superb teacher. They’ve really become family. The art itself has a long history of holding its own, and I have no doubt it’ll be there when I need it.
Zach P.
Sifu Barry O’Brien teaches a direct and effective way to defend yourself. I’m a 5’2 130 pound female and flirted with the idea of learning a form of defense for years, but every time I peaked into a martial art/defense school they seemed to rely, at the end of the day, mostly on brute force or techniques that would take years of training to be effective. Ving Tsun is different. I’ve been training for a year now. I am more fit, have higher endurance, and my awareness to my surroundings has doubled.
Best Martial Arts Class in Richmond’s West End! Sifu Barry is an excellent teacher, and his school is filled with serious students! Great work out and approach to self defense training.
Ryan M.

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