We are of the opinion that Ving Tsun cannot be taught, although it can be learned…
“Siu Se But Lean Kung, Lo Loy Yat Cheung Hung” – If you don’t train hard while you are young, you will have nothing when you are old.
The Moy Yat Ving Tsun name is a legacy left by Grand Master Moy Yat, to all of us. It underscores the importance of the pure transmission of the art, where by one learns the art through one’s own experience. This couldn’t be farther from GM Moy Yat’s version of Ving Tsun as many wrongly assume it to be. The Martial intelligence term is simply a concept that reinforces our Sifu’s idea, for it represents nothing more than the ability to maximize the opportunity, the possibility, of your every day life situations or experiences through the learning of the Moy Yat Ving Tsun System. The study of the Ving Tsun system is a process. The goal is to be a piece of Kung Fu, as opposed to putting it on like a shirt and learning techniques. A reporter in a conversation with the late Bruce Lee asked, “How does one learn Kung Fu?” Bruce, at this time, threw the reporter his wallet. The reporter instantly caught the wallet. Bruce commented by saying, “See, you were successful. You reacted instinctively without thinking! If you wanted to teach someone to do that, how would you teach them? Would you teach them a single hand catch? A double hand catch? Behind the back catch? Make them wear special clothing?” This is a distinction between result and method. To learn a martial art without a method is rare. Like a father and son—the son may learn a lot from his father—but how? When? Where? What? He almost can’t tell you. This seems to be no method, but actually this is a method. With any other method, one may not only acquire the Kung Fu but also the method. This other method could be the ball and chain on one’s ankle. At least, to comprehend this distinction is somewhat liberating in itself. Therefore, other questions may be asked in the process of studying the Ving Tsun System:
- “Why do you train the way you train?”
- “What attributes are you training for? (Remember that fighting techniques and fighting attributes are two different subjects!)”
- “Where in your system does it train you for those attributes?”
- “How do you know there is not a way to train you in half the time, and, how would you know it if you saw it?”
- “This is another way one may enjoy discussing Ving Tsun Kung Fu, on the road to Mastery.”
It is martial attributes that support one in having the ability to use their Kung Fu, therefore, avoid using techniques as ends unto themselves or simply a way of striking an opponent. Rather, use those movements as a vehicle to develop the martial attributes important to Ving Tsun Kung Fu—balance, timing coordination, sensitivity, and relaxation. Work to transcend these techniques and whatever method used to learn them in order to allow free expression of your Kung Fu. The Sifu helps you discover the Kung Fu without giving you his personal style. Your Sifu’s personal style and abilities would otherwise become a limiting factor. The Sifu guides you along the path, but the burden of effort falls upon you. YOU control your own destiny. The trailblazers of Ving Tsun are self-motivated, serious and detail oriented. They dive into the system and immerse themselves in Kung Fu Life, the key to learning.