Lots pf great training at the school last week. Here are a few snap shots of what folks were up to. Notice, the notebook! Taking notes is a really good idea.


Also note the long pole, which is very advanced practice.


Photos by Hillary Johnson


October Ving Tsun Challenge


We are launching a new series of intensive training programming for our students in 2019; a series of seasonal, intensive weekend long training camps to take your ving tsun to a whole new deeper place.

Each camp will be unique and will have a specific focus including not only the physical aspects of Ving Tsun but also the ethics and morals, the Mo Duk as well as the place of meditation in your kung fu practice and much more. The first full weekend camp will be in February 2019.

As a lead up to all this, we are offering our students a mini-version in December which includes the following challenge.

The idea is to take the challenge for the months of October and November, then come to the training camp with your discoveries and questions. And I guarantee you will make discoveries AND have questions.

At the camp we can all discuss and learn and take our knowledge to the next level.

So, here is the challenge for October:

Train your Siu Nim Tau each and every day.

Only once, but EVERY DAY.

Each hand in the first section for one minute.

That’s it! Do it every day and see where it takes you.

Like I said, I guarantee you will be amazed at what you learn.

Take notes, write things down In your notebooks and bring it in December to the training camp.

Want to get to the next level in your Ving Tsun practice? Here is the way.

Take the challenge!

At the first of the month in November I will let you know what the challenge will be for next month.

Keep the fire burning.

Check out our new class times!

The academy is now offering more daytime and evening classes to better fit your schedule! Daytime class Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and evening classes Monday thur Thursday. Call today and start your training at the only Ving Tsun school in Chicago with a direct link to the Ip Man family of the Ving Tsun system.

Kung Fu Life


I’ve been involved in one form of martial art or another for a long time now.

36 years to be exact. Not very long. I feel like I’m still just a beginner in a lot of ways.

For the last 26 of those years, I’ve devoted all my time and study to the art of Ving Tsun. Looking back now, I realize that what started out merely as a means to stop bullies from picking on me, became along the way, something much bigger and more important. As a kid I was skinny, not strong or tough at all; exactly the kind of kid bullies look for. One day, I said to myself, that’s enough!

So, in the beginning it was just the fighting that attracted me, learning to stack ass and take names. And I did pretty well at it. Over time, I’ve stacked a lot of ass and taken plenty of names. But one day I realized the silliness of it all. I also saw a deeper truth: I was at risk of turning into a bully myself with my new found powers. I thought there had to be more than just learning how to throw a punch and hurt someone. Hell, you don’t even need kung fu to punch someone in the face. So what’s it really all about then?


In my quest to find that out, I’ve talked with many kung fu teachers in the USA as well as Hong Kong and China. Especially I’ve had long talks with my own guide of the last 14 years, Master Ip Ching in Hong Kong. ONE thing keeps coming up with EVERY master I’ve talked with. ONE thing that keeps coming up over and over again. And that is, that kung fu is not about fighting. In fact, Sifu Ip Ching said just last April, to one of my students during one of our annual visits to see him, “when a person learns kung fu and practices for a while, you don’t ever want to have to use it, and will do whatever it takes to not have to use it.”

So, what’s it all really about then?

Well, I’ve decided to share with you all what I’ve discovered so far and what I continue to investigate regarding that question through weekly blog posts. You can come along on this kung fu journey, and learn with me each and every day I teach and train. The journey is ongoing. Day by day. Moment by moment. One training session at a time. I’ll share what I’ve learned: from my Sifu in Hong Kong, from teaching my students to walk the path, from watching as they make their own discoveries, and from what I’ve discovered through the hard work of daily training.

Some posts will be short. Some longer. Not all will be about the system of Ving Tsun directly, but many will. Some posts will be about the nuts and bolts of the Ving Tsun system and how to train and understand it correctly, and some will be more about the journey of a man doing his best to live what Sifu Ip Ching calls the, “Kung Fu Way of Life.”

So, I invite you to come back each week to read the blog. Perhaps I can help you understand what this journey is all about, and help you to live the “Kung fu life”.

Sifu Matt


New Chi Sau and Wooden Dummy Videos


Sifu Matt Chi Sau with Rick

Robert Training on the Wooden Dummy


To get good results, you need to train a lot. Even when you don’t feel so great. These photos and video were taken right after Sifu Matt’s encounter with a wicked intestinal virus.

Make your training something you just do. Every day.

Then your ving tsun will be strong and ready if you need it.




Ving Tsun Training 9/21/11

A great class tonight at the Ving Tsun Self Defense Academy.

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Enjoy the pictures everyone and don’t forget to check out the youtube videos too. 



Weekend Ving Tsun Training at the VTSDA

Great wide-view photo of the school.

Suddenly I realize as I was downloading the photos you guys took today, I couldn’t help but hear that corny old Carl Douglas song, “Everybody was kung fu fighting….”

Kung fu brothers having a go

Perla working on Siu Lim Tau in a private lesson with Sifu Matt

(Photos courtesy of Chris and Perla Kellner)

It was so great to spend the day teaching meditation and tai chi and then have lunch with the Ving Tsun family,  including some of the Iowa branch.  (even if you guys were a little bit sweaty after all your wing chun!)