Our Kung Fu is passed down authentically from generation to generation and we have a lineage to prove it.

Grandmaster Moy Yat standing beside his teacher, Grandmaster Yip Man.

Grandmaster Moy Yat standing beside his teacher, Grandmaster Yip Man.

Grandmaster Moy Tung standing beside his teacher, Grandmaster Moy Yat.

Grandmaster Moy Tung standing beside his teacher, Grandmaster Moy Yat.

Sifu Barry O’Brien standing next to his teacher, Grandmaster Moy Tung.

Sifu Barry O’Brien standing next to his teacher, Grandmaster Moy Tung.

The follow is the lineage of the Ving Tsun Kung Fu system.

The system was developed in the Shaolin Temple in the mid 17th century. From there a Buddhist nun, Ng Mui, spread the system to a young lady named Yim Ving Tsun. During this period, the system was refined to allow it to work for women and people of smaller stature. After Yim Ving Tsun’s passing her husband, Leung Bok Tao, named the system in her honor.

The system was passed from teacher to student until the modern era when Grandmaster Yip Man became a famous teacher in Hong Kong. In the following generation, Grandmaster Moy Yat brought the system to the United States.

 
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Three generations of Ving Tsun Kung Fu.

Seated in the center is Grandmaster Moy Yat. Standing on the left is Sifu Moy Lung O’Brien. Standing to the right is his Sifu, Grandmaster Moy Tung. This photo was taken in 2000 at Sifu O’Brien’s Bi Tzi ceremony in which he became an official member of Grandmaster Moy Yat’s Special Student Association (GSSA). Very few people achieved the honor of joining the GSSA and had the privilege of being able to train with the late Grandmaster Moy Yat.

 

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Why Train Here?

  1. Learn to defend yourself. Ving Tsun specializes in self defense in the real world. We don’t train for unrealistic fighting on mats or try to teach you useless high kicks. Ving Tsun is designed for smaller people to defeat larger people, utilizing techniques based on physics. At higher levels, Ving Tsun also teaches you to defend yourself against more than one attacker. This is an unfortunate reality of realistic self defense. This skill is neglected in most Martial Arts, especially Martial Arts that teach you to fight on the ground where you are vulnerable to multiple attackers. 

  2. Get in Better Shape- Our classes start at an hour for beginners and increase up to 4 hours. This advance training is available to those who want it and it allows students to get fitter and more skilled than they could if they were limited to only 1 hour classes.

  3. Friendly Training Environment- many of our students have been training together for a decade and are like family. The trust required in Martial Arts training helps to create lasting bonds of friendship. 

  4. Use your Time more Efficiently- We’re all so busy these days its hard to do all the things that we want to. However, Ving Tsun allows you to get fit, stimulate your mind, blow off steam and stress and most importantly learn how to defend yourself. Very few activities offer all these benefits at once. 

 
 
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why ving tsun is the best martial arts for self defense

  1. Ving Tsun is proven to be effective for realistic self defense.

  2. It teaches you how to fight bigger people.

  3. Teaches women how to fight men.

  4. Teaches you how to fight multiple opponents.

  5. Uses realistic low kicks that you can use in a fight.

  6. It is based on physics and the human body.

  7. Doesn’t require special equipment for training.

  8. It teaches you how to stay on your feet in a fight so you don’t end up getting stomped or kicked by an opponent.

  9. Ving Tsun separated itself from all other Martial Arts in Hong Kong in the ‘60s for its superior fighting ability it gave when taught by Grandmaster Yip Man. When Bruce Lee came to America, Ving Tsun again shook the Martial Arts community. When utilized by a skilled practicing Ving Tsun stands above other Martial Arts.

  10. Our Sifu, Barry O’Brien, has been training for 30 years.