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The Ving Tsun system started during the Qing Dynasty under the rule of the Emperor Yung Jing. The Shaolin Temple was burned down. Five of the senior monks hid themselves in different mountains. The nun, Ng Mui, lived in White Crane temple in Wan Nam. She saw a snake and a crane fighting. This gave her an idea to modify the kung fu she knew. She met a girl named Ving Tsun and taught her the new kung fu so she could defend herself against a bully who wanted to force her to marry him.

Ving Tsun later divided her new system into Siu Nim Tau, Chum Kiu, Biu Jee, Moy Fah Jong, Luk Dim Boon Kwan, and Bot Jom Doa. Her followers named the style after her. She passed the art on to her husband Leung Pok Toa, who passed it on to Wong Wah Po. Wong Wah Po passed it on to Leung Lan Kwai, Leung Yee Tai and Leung Jun.

Leung Jun passed it on to Fung Wah and Chan Wah Shuen. Grand Master Yip Man learned the complete system from Chan Wah Shuen. Grand Master Yip Man is the leader of the style now. From what I have heard, that is how the family tree has grown. I have set the legend of Ving Tsun in stone carvings for the future generations.

– Grandmaster Moy Yat, 1967 in Wing Chun Kuen Kuit