Advanced Fighting Training



Every week, we spend time making sure the more advanced students get the chance to dig into their training and really see where the rubber meets the road. How do they apply techniques under increasing levels of pressure. Before anyone dons protective gear, they try things out slow and gradually build up speed. Everything is analyzed and examined. What works? Why does it work? What didn’t work and why not? Take it apart. Break it down. Make your ving tsun your own.


Sifu Matt and Aaron
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Sifu means business. You can see it in his face.

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Robert and Chris


How is This School Different?

Some schools are all about regimentation.

Not here. A typical night at the VTSDA looks a lot like one of Sifu Ip Ching’s classes at the VTAA in Hong Kong. Lots of different things happening all at the same time.  We all train together too. Men, women, kinds, adults. It’s a varied and rich experience.

Here are some pics from tonight’s class.

To start with, Ryan is working with some of the intermediate students on chi sau.

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Also, Sifu Matt was working with a brand new student, having her very first class. So, what is a  punch anyway and how do we do that in ving tsun? Then she lays it down. There was serious punching noise.

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Oh yes, also some gan da and tan da practice…

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Kim here? She  is very serious. She knows her ving tsun, trained right, will serve her right.DSCF5342

And over all, here’s what it looks like from here:

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Stepping and Punching Practice






Mat D works with students on coordinating the joints of the body for correct punching with stepping and on feeling the transfer of weight into the foot.
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Matt Johnson Ving Tsun Association Gathering and Intensive Training Seminar

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Training Before Kung Fu Camp

Lots of great training tonight at the VTSDA. Everyone is really gearing up for the Ving TSun camp this weekend. Haven't signed up yet? There's still time! But not much. Contact us right away to reserve your spot. All levels welcome. Great way to get an in-depth exposure to the art if you are thinking about training with us.

Lots of great training tonight at the VTSDA. Everyone is really gearing up for the Ving TSun camp this weekend. Haven’t signed up yet? There’s still time! But not much. Contact us right away to reserve your spot. All levels welcome. Great way to get an in-depth exposure to the art if you are thinking about training with us.

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Impromptu Ving Tsun Demo

A gentleman stopped into the space tonight as part of the 2nd Friday art walk. He asked some good questions about Ving Tsun.


Sifu Matt Featured in 2City News

Sifu Matt Johnson and the Ving Tsun Self Defense Academy is in the news!











Recently, the local news group 2City News conducted a three-part interview with Sifu Matt Johnson. Here is part one, in which Sifu gives the audience a basic grounding in what ving tsun is and why it’s so effective for self defense.

The article focuses as well on the problem of understaffed, under-served urban areas in which residents often feel they must fend for themselves:

Check out the rest of the article and the first video segment. And of course, stay tuned for part two, tomorrow!
Thanks to Zack Isaacs and the whole 2City crew for focusing on the academy and such an urgent set of security and self defense issues. As one of the very few U.S. schools with direct links to the Ip Man lineage of Ving Tsun/Wing Chun, we are dedicated to teaching ving tsun in it’s purest form to those who wish to defend themselves and their loved ones. We extend an invitation to anyone who may be interested to come in for an interview, watch a class and if interested, attend up to a week of classes free of charge, to make sure the school is a good fit for you and your self defense goals.

3rd Annual MJVTA Family Gathering July 19-24, 2012

ImageBasic Schedule

This outlines the basic schedule for the 6 days spanning the gathering. Because most of you will be here over the weekend for the 20th- 22, you’ll see the schedule is very full over those few days. So get some rest and get ready! Tell us what you want to do!

This offers a basic outline of what’s going on – private lesson time, free open classes, sight-seeing and so on. Please contact Sifu or Simo with any questions or concerns.

Where: 1839 S Halsted St Chicago, Il 60608

Thurday 7/19:
Texas contingent arrives. Private lesson slots 3-5pm. Informal dinner.

Friday 7/20:
Private lesson slots 9am-12pm.
Lunch and Sightseeing.
Iowa/Minnesota Contingents arrive.
Free Open class 5-8:30pm Dinner. 

Saturday 7/21:
Seminar Empty Handed Forms and Applications for Fighting. 9am-4pm
“Wing Chun: A Documentary” Screening of movie. 5-6:30pm
Cookout at the VTSDA

Sunday 7/22:
Private lesson slots 9-11am
Free Open Class 11am-12:30pm
Lunch/Sightseeing 1pm -?

Monday 7/23:
Private lesson slots 9am-12noon
Free Open Class 5-8:30pm
Farewell Dinner in Chinatown

Tuesday 7/24:
Private lesson time or final shopping sightseeing, get ready for airport.

Sifu 773-301-6257 Simo 312-714-4563

Advanced Chi Sau Training

Everyone trained hard tonight. Watch it unfold here – some of it in slow motion!