Grand Master Lam Chun Chung, Vincent Liu: Fifth Brother Eight Symbols Staff of Hung Gar

Hung Ga Eight Diagram Long Pole (Ng Long Baat Gwa Gwan) proudly presents a very special guest article written by Grand Master Lam Chun Chung and his disciple Vincent Liu.

Techniques are demonstrated by Grand Master Lam Chun Sing.

This staff form is one of the most famous forms in the Hung Gar Curriculum. The form was created by the fifth brother of the Yeung Family during the Song Dynasty. The fifth brother was particularly adapt in the techniques of the Yeung Family Spear. After his family’s army was defeated by the Mongols, he fled to Ng Toi Mountain and became a Buddhist monk. There, he converted his spear techniques into staff techniques and choreographed the Baat Gwa Gwan form. Read More…

Wong Man Kai: A Brief Biography of Lam Cho

Lam ChoLam Cho Daai Si (1910-2012): Grand Master of Southern Shaolin Hung Ga Kyun, the Man, the Legend. It has been one year since he left us, and we miss him a lot, every day. wants to pay the respect to the late Grand Master and brings you an extensive biography of Lam Cho Daai Si, written by Lam Sai Wing’s student Wong Man Kai published in 1951. Special thanks to Fan Kwoen  of Kung Fu Utrecht for providing the translation.

Lam Cho is also called Gun Kau. His ancestral home is Pingjau in Gwongdung province. Lam Cho is the nephew of my sifu. His parents passed away when he was still young. He came to Hong Kong with my sifu and started to learn kung fu. Read More…

Hap Gar Kung Fu: Interview with David Rogers Sifu

Hap Gar Kung FuHow would you describe Hap Gar to newbie/pro?

For the newbie: Hap Gar is a martial art from Southern China with roots in the Tibetan systems.

It is characterised by ‘long arm’ movements in which strikes are thrown in wide arcs, generating a lot of force. The routines are very beautiful to watch- often mimicking the movements of the white crane with its wings and beak. In Canton, the style has won many competitions for performance. Also the large movements and stances means that it is an excellent form of exercise literally using every part of the body, developing cardiovascular fitness, flexibility and strength. The movements have been well and truly ‘battle tested’ and have been proven to work well for real combat.

Some styles of martial arts are good for fighting but not so good to look at. Some styles are pretty but useless from a combative point of view. Hap Gar is excellent for both! Read More…

Jau Family Eight Diagram Long Pole Ebook

Jau Family Eight Diagram Long PoleTaam Hom Sifu, Grand Master of “Taam Family Three Extensions System” (Taam Ga Saam Jin Kyun, one of the Siulam/”old Hung Kyun” systems ) was known in Hong Kong as  “Long Pole King” (Gwan Wong). His famous long pole skill comes from Jau Family (鄒, ie. not Jau 周 of commonly known Hung Tau Choi Mei). brings you an ebook on Jau Family Eight Diagram Long Pole (Jau Ga Baat Gwa Gwan), scanned and shared by Fan Kwoen. Read More…

Baan Jung Siu Lam Wing Chun: Chinese TV report about Sifu Ivan Rzounek’s Becoming a Personal Disciple of Grand Master Leung Wai Choi

Baan Jung Siu Lam Wing ChunA few days ago expedition of sifu Rzounek Ivan and his kung fu school returned from studying in China. Sifu Ivan Rzounek went to China for the first time in 1993 and since then regularly go there to learn, every year, sometimes for several months. The last five years has been to study Baan Fung Siu Ching Chung Wing Chun (and Choi Lei Fat, Hung Kyun …) under the guidance of an experienced teacher, Leung Wai Choi sifu.

Leung Wai Choi sifu is more than 70 years old master of several styles of kung fu, Chinese traditional medicine and feng shui. He practiced, learn and teach himself kung fu from his youth from his father, uncle, and father of his wife. His father and uncle were masters of Choi Lei Fat and Hung Kyun, his wife’s father was a famous master of Siu Lam (Baan Jung) Wing Chun Taam Hou Chyun sifu, the student of still more famous master, Sifu Tang Syun – disciple of legendary Fung Siu Ching. Read More…

Critique of Southern Shaolin Hung Kuen, An Historical Perspective by David Smith

Book Review: Southern Shaolin Hung Kuen, An Historical Perspective by David SmithCritical  review  of a new book: David Smith, Southern Shaolin Hung Kuen, An Historical Perspective, Bristol 2013.

My Personal Bias

I am part of the lineage of which Mr. Smith is speaking about so please keep that in mind when reading this review. I am very critical of this book, its attitude, its erratic nature, and its complete disrespect for the people that helped Mr. Smith along his journey in Hung4 Gaa1. That said, I will do my best to limit my review to academic standards and leave my personal opinions out. If they come through in what I write please know these are my personal judgments of his behavior based on my own standards of mou5dak1. To that end I speak only for myself and no one else. Read More…

Free Poster: Hung Ga Kyun’s “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun)

Hung Ga Kyun's "Iron Wire Set" (Tit Sin Kyun)Another free Hung Ga Kyun poster to download – Ng Bing Kuen sifu’s “Iron Wire Set” (Tit Sin Kyun), Hung Ga Kyun’s high level form focussing on qigong.

Ng sifu is well known for his openness and willingness to share this treasure. He teaches in Shaukeiwan, on Hongkong island.

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Wong Man Kai – A Brief Biography of Lau Cham

Hung Kyun Grand Master Lauu JaamLau Cham was born in Sanwui. He already liked martial arts at a young age. He was introduced to my sifu and then started to learn kung fu. Under my sifu’s tutelage, Lau Cham’s kung fu improved a lot. When he was learning, my sijou, Wong Fei Hung, said that Lau Cham was a good and hard-working student. He even took Lau Cham with him on a trip throughout mainland China and introduced him to many people there. My sijou also taught him at that time. After that, Lau Cham trained by himself more and more. Although Lau Cham had learned kung fu from a famous sifu, he always treated people kindly and politely. Read More…

Free Poster: Hung Ga Kyun’s “Taming of the Tiger in Gung Pattern”

Hung Ga Kyun "Taming of the Tiger in Gung Pattern" (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun)Hung Ga Kyun’s “Taming of the Tiger in Gung Pattern” (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun) is the oldest fundamental set of Wong Fei Hung’s Hung Ga Kyun.

It belongs – together “Tiger Crane Double Form” (Fu Hok Seung Ying) and “Iron Thread” (Tit Sin Kyun) – to the so called “Three Treasures of Hung Kyun” (Hung Kyun Saam Bou).

Below you can download a poster of the “Taming of the Tiger in Gung Pattern”, made of the photos of Grand Master Lam Sai Wing from his book, published originaly in 1936. Read More…

Wing Chun Grand Master Dang Yik: Rare Old Footage of Six and Half Point Long Pole

Wing Chun Grand Master Dang Yik -  Six and Half Point Long PoleWing Chun  永春 “Six and Half Point Long Pole” (Luk Dim Bun Gwan 六點半棍), performed by legendary Grand Master Dang Yik  鄧奕宗師, “King of the Long Pole”!

Long pole set, application drills, plus rare “Long Pole Dummy” (Gwan Jong 棍樁) – altogether 7 minutes of ultra rare old video footage from Hong Kong!

Grand Master Dang Yik’s Wing Chun is also called Siulam Wing Chun 少林永春 or Ji Sin Wing Chun 至善永春 –  it is a different lineage than eg. Yip Man Wing Chun 葉問詠春. To distinguish itself from other more common lineages, it is often spelled (although incorrectly) as Weng Chun in the West. Chinese characters 詠春 and 永春 are pronounced exactly the same (in Yale romanization of Cantonese) as Wing Cheun. Read More…