Wing Tsun Kung Fu


Wing Tsun is an ancient Chinese system of self-defense.  It was developed  by a woman approximately 250 years ago and named after her first student, the girl “Wing Tsun.”  Her name means “beautiful springtime” or “eternal spring.”  The goal was to provide civilians in civil strife with a practical and effective, yet quickly learnable self-defense method.

The art of Wing Tsun Kung Fu was developed specifically to address all other styles of martial arts. Wing Tsun Kung Fu is suitable for all people, regardless of age, physical state or previous experience. It is a soft style. Soft does not mean weak, it simply means that it does not counter force with force but instead recycles energy and employs a sophisticated method of responses with reflexes as opposed to thought.

Men and women who learn Wing Tsun develop a fresh, new awareness of their body and a heightened sense of confidence in all situations.  This confidence, born of knowing what one is capable of, is acquired through intensive, regular, professional instruction. This newly acquired confidence and self awareness leads to an increased sense of well being on all levels.  Former personal limitations no longer restrict our everyday life.  Life becomes fuller, more satisfying.  Students of Wing Tsun no longer feel like victims, and just by that alone their likelihood of ending up in dangerous situations decreases dramatically.


Philosophy & Growth

Wing Tsun grew out of the Taoist tradition in eastern thinking.  In Chinese philosophy, “Tao” means “the Way.”  It signifies life’s eternal movement of growing, blooming, fading away, and never-ending renewal.  To achieve his unity with the Tao, man must become as the Tao itself:  spontaneous, open, simple, and flexible – not strong and hard, not mighty and arrogant.

When using Wing Tsun in self-defense or applying its principles in everyday life, one becomes like a river flowing to the sea.  Even if a mountain obstructs the river’s flow, it will not be stopped.  It will reach its goal naturally, unavoidably, overcoming all obstacles on the way. To learn the instinctive use of your body in emergency self defense situations from books is impossible.  Nor could one describe in words, no matter how eloquently put, how students of WT perceive their encounter with such principally new experiences.  Practice under the attentive supervision of an experienced WT instructor will soon provide concrete ideas of what is actually achievable. What is Wing Tsun? Wing Tsun is self defense in its most uncompromising form.

Wing Tsun skills are built on the already present potential of a student.  Muscle power and conditioning are not prerequisites for Wing Tsun training.  A readiness to “listen” to one’s body, to know one’s strengths and to use them rigorously if required. Learning to move and respond naturally in a well-coordinated, healthy manner, and to sharpen one’s powers of perception are central to the training of Wing Tsun.

Wing Tsun is a method for inner growth and a Way to a carefree, relaxed, and healthy life.


Wing Tsun is personal advancement, period.  Students are taught in groups, yet guided individually.  The individual’s existing strengths are improved and consolidated. Wing Tsun is a non-violent form of pure self defense.

Intense and challenging the ability to defend one’s self is acquired through focused, regular practice. At the center of Wing Tsun training stands a unique and variable technique that must be learned through concentrated practice and conscious, purposeful engagement with a partner.  Fluent motions and sudden explosive speed flow together in a systematic, coordinated, and spontaneous sequence of movement, merging body and mind into a new powerful unit.  The systematic study of Wing Tsun heightens physical and mental flexibility and improves the awareness of self and environment.  The basic training process is complemented with specific techniques for relaxation and concentration, as well as with special breathing techniques for “refueling” the body.



Sihing Kraven Karroll is an instructor of Wing Tsun Kung Fu and Jeet Kune Do. He has 16 years of martial arts training and is never one to stop learning. He is still currently receiving training and guidance from Bay Mountain Martial arts, Dai Sifu Simon Mayer and Sifu Alex Wallenwein.