About

Who We Are

We are an independent association based in London teaching authentic Wing Tsun Kung -Fu. The knowledge of the ancient masters has filtered through centuries from China and Hong Kong. The Grandmaster of the style, Si-Jo Yip Man, passed his knowledge on to many before accepting his last closed door disciple Si-Jo Leung Ting. It was Si-Jo Leung Ting who was the first to accept women in his schools and extend his teaching from China to the rest of the world. One of his most loyal students, Grandmaster Norbert Maday, began teaching Wing Tsun in 1986 in Hungary where Si-Hing Ferenc Kovacs began his training. The leader of the Wing Tsun London Association trained for 18 years and, set up and ran schools in Hatvan and Jaszbereny whilst continuing to attend countless training courses and achieving 3rd Level Technician. He then moved to London where he started to teach privately until the numbers of students reached so many that opening up regular group classes became a necessity.

Our classes are based in two London locations; Camden Town covering the central/north, Victoria, covering the central/south, Peckham covering the south/east and Old Street covering the central/east of London.

Teaching is a passion for us and we welcome anyone who is willing to learn not just the techniques of this art but also how to respect one another, how to accept your best abilities as well as your shortcomings, and how to be disciplined. As a student of the Wing Tsun London Association, you will become part of an environment of helpful and hard-working students. We will guide you through the basics to the advanced materials, which will not only help you understand yourself and others around you, but also stay fit, relieve stress and occupy your mind like – we believe – nothing else.

The Art of

Wing Tsun

Wing Tsun kung-fu is one of the most effective self defence systems that can be learned within a short period of time by anyone, regardless of age, sex or level of physical fitness. History tells us that the system was created by the Buddhist nun, Ng Moi, and four other survivors of the destruction of the Shaolin Monastery and was developed to train rebels against the Manchu (Qing) dynasty. 

This new system had to be simple and effective and, having learnt from the unfortunate events that befell the Shaolin Temple, it had to ensure that anyone could defend against young, strong, well trained fighters.

Based on these facts, the new – still unnamed – system was developed to use an attacker’s speed and power in conjunction with the martial artist’s own in order to turn it back onto the opponent. Wing Tsun’s aim was, and still is, to close down an attack quickly and efficiently. If this cannot be done through words, then – if necessary – the Wing Tsun student will attack their opponent’s eyes, throat, groin or spine in a direct, natural strike that uses speed, instinct and reflex; techniques that are practiced regularly.

The style was finally named after Ng Moi’s most famous student, the beautiful Yim Wing Tsun, by her husband and student Leung Bok Chau. In the beginning the style was taught only to a select few until an unknown master began teaching Wing Tsun in public in the city of Hong Kong.

It was here that Grandmaster Yip Man learned his craft and it was not long before he and his students earned great fame. One of his students was the movie star Bruce Lee – although he mostly used his own style of martial art in his films.

For many years Wing Tsun was only taught to Chinese men and only in the 1970’s was it possible to teach this martial art to the wider public. Today Wing Tsun is taught in almost every country in the world and it continues to be one of the most popular martial arts.

As the style has never become a sport it has maintained techniques that could never be used in a ruled, controlled fight in a ring. As such, in a street fight – where there is no referee or medical support or even any other goal than survival and recovery – these techniques can be lifesaving. 

Our

Teachers

Si-Hing Ferenc Kovacs

Si-Hing Ferenc Kovacs

With over 18 years of Wing Tsun experience ​he is the eldest Kung Fu brother in the organization. Learning in Hungary he has attended numerous seminars with Si-Fu Maday Norbert and Si-Jo Leung Ting. ​He is the head of the association teaching in Camden Town and holds private lessons in Seaton, Dorset.

Si-Hing Gabor Spenger

Si-Hing Gabor Spenger

The head of the Victoria and Old Street branches, private student to Si-Hing Kovacs for more than 6 years. He is a very enthusiastic and hard-working teacher of the association. Also holds private classes in Highgate.

Si-Hing Matthew Cook

Si-Hing Matthew Cook

Based in South London Si-Hing Matthew has been teaching in the Peckham/Dulwich area for over 8 years. A very popular and knowledgeable instructor who will guide his students with care for long years to come. He is available for private tuition near East Dulwich station.

Free Training

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