VING TSUN KUNG-FU
THE ORIGINS OF VING TSUN KUNG-FU
The Kung-Fu system that we teach is a traditional Southern Chinese system of Kung-Fu typically spelt in English as 'Wing Chun'.
The Wing Chun fighting system was created around 250 years ago, by a Buddhist nun named Ng Mui. The Shaolin monastery, of which she was an elder, was destroyed by traitors whilst under siege, hence her new style was developed specifically to overcome the Shaolin Kung-Fu methods.
Her art was named after her first student, a young woman, Yim Wing Chun, whose name meant 'beautiful springtime.'
This art was then passed down through the generations in secret, until the 1940’s when the late Grand Master Ip Man started to develop and teach the system in Hong Kong, making Wing Chun accessible to the public.
Many people learnt the art from Grand Master Ip Man, most famously Bruce Lee who trained privately with both Ip Man and Instructor Wong Shun Leung from 1954 to 1957.
Due to the system’s simple but very effective techniques, Wing Chun has continued to grow taking many branches, and now can be seen advertised under many different English spellings and lineage's.
Sifu Mik Lane learnt Wing Chun in Germany as a member of the EWTO, and then pioneered the teaching in the UK of the Leung Ting 'Wing Tsun' system, but left the organisation in 2002 to form the Wing Tyun Kung-Fu Organisation (WTKO).
Sifu Mik continues his training and development of the Kung-Fu system, and now teaches privately in Featherstone.
In 1997 Mike Gorton joined a class in Stafford and was one of the first students of Sifu Mik Lane. Mike took over the running of the Stafford club in 2000, and in 2005 began teaching Kung Fu professionally.
Mike became the Staffordshire Instructor for the WTKO and was acknowledged as a Sifu of Wing Tyun in 2009.
Sifu Mik Lane & Sifu Mike Gorton