Have you been disillusioned with martial arts? Have you been training according to "what if" scenarios? Martial arts means more than learning by rote to match a set number of moves to predictable situations. Nothing goes according to plan in real life. Self-defense is more than a set of physical moves. You must learn the psychology of potentially violent situations. You must learn to build confidence, but not overconfidence.
There is a better option. Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu Academy's Women's Self-Defense Training is a two-year program designed to help women build confidence and trust their bodies by incorporating a broad spectrum of tools into the framework of their daily lives. The result is an entirely new self-image. We do not recommend programs that try to provide a self-defense "quick fix". Flashier situational types of training can provide a false sense of confidence that can actually work against a person if a real-life situation does not precisely match the training situation. Some other programs also emphasize fitness over self-defense. This is fine if fitness is your actual goal, but Ving Tsun is the sensible choice for women who want to build a solid foundation in self-defense. It is a long-term commitment that will pay off in many ways.
Ving Tsun Kung Fu is a system of ideas that work, a system that allows individuals to develop their own style, one that works best for them. We know what "one size fits all" really means. A style that fits everyone actually fits the majority of people very poorly. What works best for most women is an individualized style that they have developed and adapted to their own strengths, weaknesses, and body style.
Why study self-defense at all? The answer is different for every person, and a women's self-defense system must allow for individual differences. Different people have different objectives, and other factors – age, size, body type, lifestyle – all will affect individual needs and goals. With Ving Tsun Kung Fu you will train your body, not with rote movements or a rigid style. You will develop a routine through practice, and you will train your central nervous system to respond naturally in real-life situations. Avoidance and awareness training are key elements in self-defense and flow naturally into Ving Tsun. When avoidance is not possible, the next strategy is to de-escalate the situation. And if all alternatives have been exhausted, confrontation will be necessary with the goal of allowing the person being attacked to escape.
It is your street, your neighborhood. You have the right to walk down your own street with confidence. Learn to be confident. The tools in self-defense are the same for everyone. There are not separate tools for women and for men. And while the tools are the same, the expression of those tools in the Ving Tsun system will depend on the individual. Anyone, including those with disabilities, can learn to use the tools. Ving Tsun Kung Fu does not rely on size or strength for success. It is a system, a toolset, not a style. Students will adopt their own style based on individual strengths and weaknesses.
You have a right to be free, but everything in life must have balance, and freedom comes with responsibility. You are ultimately responsible for your own safety and well-being. We want you to be free and to feel safe in the choices you make as you enjoy your freedom. Ving Tsun Kung Fu is a martial art for those who value education as much as training.