Vietnam Wing Chun System

Vietnamese Student Modern Curriculum:

  • Siu Lien Tao (Siu Nim Tao / Little Idea)
  • Ng Ying Hei Gung (Five Animal Qigong)
  • Siu Mui Fa (Little Plum Flower)
  • Dai Mui Fa (Big Plum Flower)
  • Hok Ying Sao Bo (Crane Shape Hand Step)
  • Muk Yan Jong (Wooden Dummy)
  • Lok Dim Boon Gwun? (Six-and-a-half Point Pole)
  • Gim (Sword)
  • Da Pa (Trident)

Vietnamese Student Modern detailed Curriculum:

Elementary Level:

  • Tieu Hinhy - (The little idea)
  • Tieu Mai Hoa - (The Bud of the Plum Tree)
  • Dai Mai Hoa - (The Bloom of the Plum Tree)
  • Chi Sao - (Sticking hands)
  • Ngu-Hinh Quyen - (5 Animal form)
  • 12 basic kicks
  • Luc Diem Ban Con - (6.5 pole)
  • Bat Tram Dao - (8 slashing swords)
  • Vu Hoa Dao - (saber)
  • Kim Cuong Noi Cong - (Process of the diamond)
  • Tam Kiêu - (Seeking the bridge)

Intermediate level:

  • Bare-Handed 108 movements (solo)
  • Sticky hands 108 movements (duo)
  • Yin Yang 108 movements
  • 108 movements in the 4 directions
  • Pa-Qua 108 movements
  • Tai Chi 108 movements
  • 108 movements of the wooden dummy
  • 108 movements in permutation
  • 108 movements of free comb
  • 12 supplementary kicks
  • Loi Oanh Chuong - (The hands of thunder)
  • I Chin Ching
  • Ngu Hinh Khi Cong - (Chi Kung of the five animals)
  • 8 segments of Brocade
  • oppressing attacks
  • 3 awakenings
  • 8 barriers

Yuen Chai-Wan (Ruan Jiwan) was the fourth son of a Foshan Fireworks merchant and was thus also known as Yuen Lo Sei (Yuen the Fourth). Due to a childhood illness, he was also referred to as Dao Pei Chai (Pock Skin Chai). Yuen first learned Wing Chun Kuen under Fok Bo-Chuen and later continued his studies with Fung Siu-Ching. In Foshan, Yuen Chai-Wan taught students such as Yiu Choi.

In 1936 he was invited to teach Wing Chun in Vietnam, at the Nanhai and Shunde Expatriates Associations and moved to Hanoi, where he was known by the Vietnamese pronunciation of his name, Nguyen Te-Cong, and founded his first school. In 1955 he relocated to Saigon where he established a second school. Among his students in Vietnam were Nguyen Duy-Hai, Luc Vien Khai (The Southern school), Tran Van Phung, Vu Ba Quy, Ngo Si Quy?, Tran Thuc Tien? (The Northern school) and others, whose disciples are continuing teaching Wingchun in Vietnam today.

Yuen Chai-Wan died in 1960 at the age of 84.

Yuen Chai Wan's (Ruan Jiyun / Nguyen Te-Cong ) ethinic Vietnames students have a completly differant curriculum, than when Yuen taught in Foshan or to what he taught Ethnic chinese in Vietnam. The differing curriculum in Vietnam (which is also said to vary from North to South) is likely the result of Yuen's students adding in material. Under Investigation, the mechanics used in many of the forms are not of Wing Chun origin. Its possible that the only material Yuen Chai Passed down to non chinese was only the Siu Lien Tao Form, Muk Yan Jong and Look Dim Boon Gwun and the rest of the forms were added in by later generations.


  • Leungs Publishing
  • Oral and written tradition Modern Vietnamese Wing Chun
  • Oral and written tradition Lam Kam Ho
  • Oral and written tradition Leung Wai Chuen
  • Oral and written tradition Yiu Choi
  • Oral and written tradition Yiu Kay