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