The idea of Friendship Exchanges is by no means exclusive to the Ving Tsun Museum. Historically, the friendly exchange of training methods and sciences existed as a part of martial arts culture for centuries. We look at Friendship Exchanges as activities that promote a sense of community amongst martial artists via an exchange of information, as well as hands-on practice between differing schools, families, clans, styles, and systems. For example, when the VTM conducts a workshop on one system with information shared and hands-on training, it is not considered a Friendship Exchange. Friendship Exchanges, by definition, have at least two speakers from at least two separate schools or systems. The ultimate goal is to provide an increased sense of community amongst all serious martial arts students by enhancing mutual understanding of one another's methods and sciences. Hands-on interaction provides one of the best ways to accomplish this goal.
The Ving Tsun Museum is not the only organization conducting Friendship Exchanges, but we have shown strong leadership in promoting the open exchange of ideas and experience. We have used this idea in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Hong Kong, China, Korea, and Germany. We have hosted guest speakers from many Wing Chun lineages including: numerous well-known instructors in the Ip Man lineage, Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun, Chi Sim Weng Chun, Pan Nam Wing Chun, Chun Wah Shun, Cheung Bo, Yuen Kay-San, Gu Lao, and Cho Ga just to name a few. We have also hosted and formally engaged in exchanges with other systems outside Wing Chun as well. There are too many Sifus, Masters, and Grand Masters to mention but we would like to take this opportunity to say "Thank You" to each for sharing his/her knowledge, experience, and wisdom.
Below are the Friendship Events conducted by the Ving Tsun Museum, from our Timeline.
|July 21-24|| Chicago, IL
Steve Lee Swift
- "Yip Man Ving Tsun System" by Yip Chun and Yip Ching
Trip to Chicago to get Yip Chun and Yip Ching
This trip included participation in a Workshop conducted by Sifus Yip Chun and Yip Ching. Afterwards, VTM staff escorted the two Sifus on a first-time tour of the American Mid-West via motor home. The tour concluded at the future site of the VTM for a Groundbreaking Ceremony.
Attended by: Curator Benny Meng and Richard Loewenhagen
|July 26-31|| Dayton, OH
VTM Ground Breaking
- "Ving Tsun System" by Yip Chun and Yip Ching
- "Ving Tsun Kuen Kuit" by Moy Yat
This was the first time that three disciples of the late Sifu Yip Man gathered together to witness a Ground Breaking and conduct a workshop on Ving Tsun in Pan-America. Extensive interviews of each Sifu were conducted by Richard Loewenhagen and later published in Inside Kung Fu Magazine (December '96). Interview questions were carefully crafted by all members of the museum founding committee.
Attended by: Technical Advisor Yip Chun, Technical Advisor Yip Ching, Honorary Chairman Moy Yat, Curator Benny Meng, Pete Pajil, and Miguel Hernandez.