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Different Wing Chun Versions

There are many different lineages of Wing Chun, Ving Tsun today including Wing Tsun. The instructors of these schools have decided to spell their teachings differently from one another. For many years, the western world assumed that all Wing Chun came from the late Grandmaster Yip Man. Yip Man lineages are the most numerous and generally successful in attracting new students. The late Grandmaster was drawn into teaching publicly by enthusiastic students in the Hong Kong of the 1950s. He also became known for teaching kung-fu superstar Bruce Lee.

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Where did Wing Tsun Come From?

Some historians think that Wing Tsun was developed from several martial arts types. They dispute the most common story that says that Ng Mui, a female Buddhist elder invented Wing Tsun from her training in the Shaolin Monastery martial art system.

The story goes that Wing Tsun was developed by secret societies from the arts of Tai Chi Chuan, Praying Mantis kung-fu, and a mix of Shaolin animal styles such as snake and crane.

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Wing Tsun origins and source

Wing Tsun origins

There are numerous theories as to the origins of Wing Tsun, also called Wing Chun or Ving Tsun depending on whose lineage it is. Grandmaster Leung Ting expressed skepticism in his book Wing Tsun Kuen* about the most common story regarding how the Buddhist mistress Ng Mui’s escaped from the fire at the southern Shaolin Monastery, her travel to Mt. Tai Leung, her witnessing a fight between a snake and a crane or a snake and a fox, her teaching the young teenager Yim Wing Tsun and events thereafter up until the time of Leung Jan. His research in Mainland China is extensive and lasted over an 18 year period.

“Wing Tsun System is derived from the Fukien System of kung-fu, which is related to the Hakka System. Their common features are that during fights, pugilists of these systems prefer short steps and close fighting, with arms placed close to the chest, their elbows lowered and kept close to the flanks to offer it protection.” – from the book Wing Tsun Kuen by Leung Ting, 10th Level MOC

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