Weak Mind, Weak Fist. Strong Mind, no need for Fist.

The school is located in Pilsen
1839 S Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60608
Phone us at: 773/301-6257
Please note the CTA bus Route 8 stops right in front of the building.
There’s also plenty of free street parking all within short walking distance.

Sifu Johnson maintains an informal, ego-free environment at the VTSDA, modeled after Sifu Ip Ching’s class at the Ving Tsun Athletic Association in Hong Kong. The academy does not use a system on contracts, belt-rankings or tests.

If you want to learn real self defense, then this is the place to train. True self defense requires a complete system, lots of practice and a quality kung fu teacher. The art of Ving Tsun kung fu is not a sport. Neither is it a quick and easy weekend self defense course. Our belief is that while such courses may be a wonderful introduction to the idea of self defense, learning to defend yourself takes time.  Ving Tsun is a comprehensive system of Kung Fu which can help keep you safe. It is this comprehensive approach we take at the academy.

If you are looking for sport or MMA, that’s fine, but this is not the place for you. The VTSDA is a traditional Kung Fu Kwoon, and not a brawling academy or fight club.  We teach the art of Ving Tsun for self defense and self improvement. We also teach a code of conduct and ethics that goes along with the authentic martial arts, sadly missing from many martial arts schools these days.

Those who put time and effort into their training will see, through their own experience, that Ving Tsun kung fu, correctly executed, is a highly effective system of self defense. Students advance in the system based on appropriate commitment, effort, attendance and attitude, and their individual readiness for learning new material.

The study of ving tsun is cumulative – the more you train the more you get out of your training.

Sifu Matt teaches the complete Ving Tsun system and its applications:

* 1st form, ‘siu lim tau’

* 2nd form, ‘chum kiu’

* 3rd form, ‘biu gee’

* wooden dummy form, ‘mook yan jong

  • sticking hands ‘chi sau’ practice
  • the pole form, ‘luk dim boon quan’
  • butterfly knives, ‘baat jam doe’


Sitting meditation is a practice that calms and focuses the mind. Meditation helps students improve their kung fu skills and reduces stress in every day life. Students who meditate regularly feel an increase in over-all well being and contentment. They also experience an increased ability to respond with patience and flexibility to life’s everyday challenges.