what is wing chun?

Wing Chun, (also known as Ving Tsun or Wing Tsun) Kung Fu is a traditional style of southern Chinese martial art. It is renown for its close range fighting strategies and techniques, which are applicable for self defence application.


Ving Tsun does not pit strength against strength but rather employs its unique understanding of physics to overcome a larger and stronger adversary. The theories and drills of Ving Tsun enable anyone of any age, sex or size to hold their own in a physical confrontation


Many of the exercises in Ving Tsun are scientific in approach and training is carried out in a friendly atmosphere of co-operation as opposed to one of competition. This allows students to develop freely and at their own pace. Then, once a good knowledge of the system has been attained, we can pressure test accordingly.


At HVT we do not grade our students, instead we continually aim to refine each student depending on their knowledge and circumstances. It is possible for a complete novice to get a huge grasp of our system within one year, although, as with any true art, practical ability is only the beginning. There is always room for deeper exploration, further development and personal interpretation. In Ving Tsun you are always a student.


Aside from the obvious self defence applications, Ving Tsun also helps to maintain a healthy body and mind. Regular practice will help loosen the joints, tone the musculature and improve posture. By the very nature of the practice ,a relaxed and focused mind is also achieved. This combination reduces stress and anxiety and can allow the body's natural protection mechanisms to strengthen.


Ving Tsun is a subtle system of Chinese Kung Fu, developed over hundreds of years, with its roots in the Shaolin Temple tradition. Originally a very secret system, the sophisticated art of Ving Tsun was only passed on to family members and close, trusted friends. It was only when the legendary Grandmaster Ip Man arrived in Hong Kong that the style was taught more openly. At HVT we follow the lineage of Master Wong Shun Leung, passed down to us from Sifu Alan Gibson and Sifu Cliff Au Yeung.



Ving Tsun employs a unique understanding of angles and sensitivity to overcome violent behaviour (age and sex are of no consequence). Ving Tsun's effectiveness as a practical self-defence or street fighting method is well documented and has been refined over the years for economy and direct application. At HVT we stick the Ving Tsun motto of Simple Direct and Efficient.


Chi Sau

Typical techniques include; close body control, simultaneous attack and defence, and short, but powerful strikes from the hands (sometimes called inch power or short force). Ving Tsun practitioners also employ a unique sensitivity training exercise known as Chi sau, or sticky hands, which teaches the student to use contact reflexes instead of only visual input.


The style does not easily lend its self to display or sport as some more flamboyant martial arts do. This is because the apparent simplicity of the system disguises the devastating power and speed behind its subtle technique. This is why at HVT we stick to using our Ving Tsun for self-defence and a healthy body and mind.

First lesson free!

We believe we have the best Kung Fu in the Portsmouth and Havant area, so why don't you come down and give it try. The first lesson is free so you have nothing to lose and plenty to gain. And if after your free lesson you feel that Wing Chun isn't for you, then no hard feelings. If you have any questions please do not hesitate in contacting Sifu Jim Woodcock.

"We all have inner demons to fight, we call these demons, fear, hatred and anger. If you do not conquer them then a life of one hundred years is a tragedy. If you do, then a life of a single day can be a triumph."

- Grandmaster Yip Man

meet the coach

Hi my name is Sifu Jim Woodcock and I have been training in the martial arts for over 16 years.

In October 2018 Sifu Cliff and Sifu Asiatic were invited to the UK for the forth time and I am now happy to be recognised as Sifu Cliff Au Yeung's UK representative. It is an honour and something I take very seriously. The 2018 Workshop was beyond amazing with Sifu Cliff delving even deeper into his method. The Wing Chun Federation were in attendance again and the event was a complete success.

My private training in 2018 focused on Chi sau and the correct body methods and again I spent a whole day getting as much from my Sibak Gung as I could. 2018 was the year I decided to fully dedicate myself to the Sifu Cliff Method.

2019 will be dedicated to closed door training with Sifu Cliff so there will not be a open to public seminar. We hope to have an open to public seminar with Sifu Cliff in 2020.

If you would like to come and begin your training in the Sifu Cliff Au Yeung method then please give me call and we can begin your journey.

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"On your first lesson I will discuss your goals with you and we will make a plan to allow you to achieve those goals.

Beginners are very welcome too!"

Private lessons are also available on request.

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The Wing Chun Federation

The Wing Chun Federation is a collective of like minded groups and teachers primarily concerned with the teaching of quality Wing Chun Kung Fu.

Sifu Alan Gibson formed The Wing Chun Federation in 1990. The federation’s objective is to teach skill-based Wing Chun Kung Fu in a relaxed and accessible manner, where emphasis is placed on good technique and personal development. The Wing Chun Federation is a non-political and independent organisation. 

Sifu Alan Gibson, has been training in the martial arts since 1980. He became a student of Wing Chun in 1984 after several years in GoJu Ryu Karate. He is a graduate of the King Alfred’s University College Winchester where he majored in Sports and Business. Alan learned his Wing Chun initially in his home town of Southampton before travelling to Hong Kong to further his studies with Ip Chun

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For more information on The Wing Chun Federation

Please visit www.wingchun.org.uk


At Havant Wing Chun we stick to a simple pricing plan.

  • First Lesson Is Free
  • 20:00 - 21:30
  • Monday And Wednesday
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  • Equivalent To 5 Classes
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