About the Five Elements Wing Tsun Kung Fu Association
The Five Elements Wing Tsun Kung Fu Association is one of the largest kung fu organisations in Hungary, with many schools both in Hungary and abroad (Romania, United Kingdom). The association works as a traditional kung fu school in a hierarchic system, led by the Masters’ Council, of which the head is Sifu Róbert Török. The centre of the organisation is in Debrecen, while there is a possibility to participate in high level, instructor level trainings also in Budapest.
The association teaches the system created by Grandmaster Leung Ting, and does not deviate from it in any way, does not combine it with other styles, does not introduce techniques alien to it. It declares itself an authentic association faithful to the Chinese traditions of Wing Tsun Kung Fu.
The association has created its own grading system and uniforms. The curriculum is fully based on the Leung Ting Wing Tsun Kung Fu system.
The aim of the association has always been to provide a place for student and master where they can practice in a peaceful and safe environment, where they can devote themselves to Wing Tsun, that is why the association hereby guarantees that it will create and observe a transparent system of norms, logical rules, a calm and relaxed environment with a high level of professionalism.
The association was founded on July 14th, 2012 after breaking up with the Hungarian Wing Tsun Association. The founding members had already had decades of experiment in the old association and there were even ones who were among its leading instructors. Based on their experiences there they created a new association free of the flaws and questionable features of the old association.
You can read about the reasons more detailed here:
After leaving the Hungarian Wing Tsun Association press releases started to appear on its webpage where they interpret what happened as if the our members were fired. The masters and instructors knew the that they left behind the ranks, rights and grades provided by the old association and its mother organisation when they decided to quit. The press releases drafted days and weeks later only served the purpose of misguiding the public.
Affiliated branch of the Carson Wing Tsun Academy
To uphold the high professional level of the organisation the Five Elements Wing Tsun Kung Fu Association become the affiliated branch of the Carson Wing Tsun Academy lead by Sifu Carson Lau in July 2014. Sifu Lau has agreed to provide high level training for the members of the organisation and to transfer his knowledge of the remaining parts of the Wing Tsun curriculum.
The origins of the name of the association
In the oriental philosophy the five elements are symbols of characteristics and distinctive features. The five Taoist symbols are: fire, water, earth, wood and metal.
The curriculum of Wing Tsun Kung Fu can be divided according to these elements:
- Fire = Siu Nim Tau
- Water = Chum Kiu
- Earth = Biu Jee
- Wood = Muk Yan Chong (wooden dummy) and Luk Dim Boon Kwun (long pole)
- Metal = Bart Cham Dao (butterfly knives)
The five elements are in a continuous constructive interaction with each other in which they foster the growth of another.
- The water feeds the plants so the wood is created
- Wood feeds the fire
- The ash of the fire is good for the earth
- In the earth ores can be found and they can be forged into metal
- Minerals and metals enrich the water
This interaction is shown in the color of the symbols of different grades, showing that previously learned material is the basis for more advanced knowledge.
However, the five elements also have destructive and controlling effect on others, which helps each element to overcome one other:
- Fire is put out by water
- Earth absorbs water
- The tree grows out of the earth
- Wood can be cut with metal
- But metal is melt by fire
The division of the Wing Tsun curriculum is based on this destructive interaction, showing that advanced group of techniques can overcome previously learned elementary techniques.
The five elements of the Taoist philosophy thereby correspond to and are one with the system of Wing Tsun Kung Fu. That is why we have chosen “Five Elements” to be the definitive adjective of our Wing Tsun association.