Interview With Wing Chun Grandmaster Yip Man

Yip Man, Wing Chun Kung FuFollowing interview comes from an old issue of Hong Kong New Martial Hero magazine – it is one of the two ever published interviews with Yip Man sifu.

It was originally posted in KFO discussion forum by user k gledhill and Phillip Redmond who has posted it on Facebook, so all credit goes there – i am just reposting the interview so more readers can enjoy it and it does not get lost in the discussion forums threads, as some interesting post unfortunately do as he time goes by.

Some very interesting information about various Wing Chun families, learning Kung Fu in the old days etc., enjoy!

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Shaw Bros Stars Performing Some Choy Li Fut Applications

Shaw Brothers Stars and Choy Lay FutDigging through my archives, i have found an interesting old magazine devoted solely the art of Choy Li Fut (Choi Lei Fat).

Late Alexander Fu Sheng and Chi Kuan-Chun – legendary duo of Shaw Brothers Studios –  on the cover and few applications inside: “Covering Hand, Tiger Claw vs. Bail  the Moon from the Bottom of the Sea” and “Double Flying Butterfly Palms”.

Fu Sheng was one of the favourite students of Lau Kar-Leung, Chi Kuan-Chun oth the other hand has mastered the Hung Ga curriculum under the guidance of Chiu Wai. Read More…


White Crane, Wing Chun, Hung Ga and Karate

White Crane - Wing Chun, Hung Ga or Karate?2004 was one of my best training visits of Hong Kong and China. I have been living in my Sifu’s house in Shenzhen for couple of months and we have been really busy, training very hard.

Every morning we woke up at 6 o’clock AM and went to the park to practice the precious “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun) – every single day, for more than two hours. After the practice we went to the neighbouring street restaurant for a bowl of rice porridge with eggs or fish and hot tofu milk. Discussing the origins of the “Iron Thread”, one of the “Three Treasures” of Hung Ga Kyun, my Sifu told me an old legend, handed down from the masters of previous generations to Grandmaster Lam Saiwing and his father, Grandmaster Lam Jou. Read More…

Pak Mei Kung Fu’s Gau Bou Teui – Nine Step Push

Pak Mei Kung FuPak Mei Paai (白眉派; pronounced Baak Mei Paai in Cantonese), literally the White Eyebrow system of kung fu, was named after Pak Mei Dou Yan (白眉道人) – or Pak Mei the Daoist, one of the primary figures of Southern Chinese martial mythology who along with Ng Mui (五梅), Ji Sin (至善), Fung Dou Dak (馮道德), and Miu Hin (苗顯) formed the famed Five Elders of Shaolin (少林五祖). Within the genealogy of Pak Mei Mou Seut (白眉武術), or White Eyebrow martial arts, it is unquestionably acknowledged that Pak Mei Paai is a system of kung fu that was formally developed and organized by Master Cheung Lai Chuen (宗師張禮泉) at the turn of the 20th Century. Assembling together the finest elements of the four styles that he had learned – Lau Man Ga (流民家; Wanderers’ Style), Lei Ga (李家; Li Family), Lung Ying (龍形; Dragon Shape), and the martial methods known as Ngo Mei Siu Lam (峨眉少林; Emei Shaolin in Mandarin), Master Cheung understood that the overall benefits of a comprehensive system prevailed over the specialized practices of any one particular style. As a result, Pak Mei Paai was created. Read More…

Wu Sifu and Chan Sifu: Old Master’s “Sticky Hands (Chi Sau) Demo

Wing Chun Kung Fu Chi Sau I am currently extremely busy with organising and editing the videos my archive; before I will finally publish them and accompany them with some interesting stories, i am going to comment the few well known videos i have already uploaded. I started to share rare Wing Chun videos at YouTube in 2006 – at that time almost the only videos of Mainland China Wing Chun available on the internet.

In 2003 we have received an invitation to the “International Ving Tsun Annual Dinner” – a great event hosted by Sifu Cliff Au Yeung  in Hong Kong. It is that kind of event you definitely do not want to miss. First –  Sifu Cliff is incredibly friendly type of person, second – the list of other invited guests was a promising an exceptional evening. Read More…

The Secrets of Hung Ga One Finger Bridge Hand

Hung Ga Kyun One Finger Bridge HandHung Ga and its famous signature move… Everytime i teach the “One Finger Bridge Hand” (Daan Ji Kiu Sau) formation to a beginner, eg. in a special Hung Ga Kyun exercise called “Three Extensions” (Saam Jin Sau), the student always asks: “Sifu, why to hold the fingers like this? What is it for?”

Well, I have the short answer (something like “shut up and train, i will tell you later”) and a long answer, encompassing the name of the first Emperor of Ming Dynasty and the death of the last Emperor, “One Finger Zen” koan, Siulam temple, anti-Ching rebels of Hung Mun society and their secret signs, ultimate art of “One Finger Zen” etc. Read More…

The Five Tigers of Jow Ga Kuen

Five Tigers of Jow Ga KuenMaster Jow Lung’s (周龙) original name was Jow Ming Lam (周名林) and was born in 1891 on March the 11th in Kwantung Province (广东省), Gong Mun City (Jiangmen City) (江门市L Sunwui Tonghaa, Saa Fu Village (新会棠下沙富村) to a family who had been farmers for generations.

Jow Lung was brought up by his father Jow Fong Zin(周方展) and mother (maiden family name Li or 黎). As a youth Jow Lung developed an avid interest in martial arts and studied Hung Ga Kuen (洪家拳) from his uncle Jow Hung (周雄) as well as other forms of martial arts such as Choy Ga Kuen from the renowned Master Jau Gong 邹耕 (also known as Choy Kua) from the same village. Read More…

Chan Yu Min (Siulam) Wing Chun Kyun

Wong Gin San sifu permorming Wing Chun Siu Lin Tau of Chan Yu Min Wing ChunI am now working on the video of our adventure trip to China in 2007 from one of our visits to the tombs of the family and the birthplace of Grandmaster Chan Wa Seun (Yip Man’s teacher) near Seundak (Shunde). On the same time there was the Chinese television team with the famous  professor Kang Ge Wu sifu, who is a Chinese scholar of Chinese martial arts history, and whose team was coincidentally a few days before making a television report for Chinese television in our Prague school. Read More…

Chinese Kung Fu Ground Fighting Footlocks

Chinese Kung-Fu Ground FightingTakedowns, locks, chokes and other submissions seem to be with the rise of MMA indespensable part of the arsenal of the modern all-round fighter.

There is a saying in Chinese martial arts: Tek, Da, Seut, Na – Kicking, Striking, Wrestling and Locking. Chinese-Mongolian wrestling has very profound throws and takedowns, many other Kung Fu styles have a very extensive arsenal of stand up locking techniques and submisisons, so called Kam Na Faat (in Mandarin Qin Na Fa), eg. Eagle Claw (Ying Jaau Paai).

How about grappling and ground fighting in Kung Fu? Very frequent topic in TCMA circles. As we will see in the following articles that will be published in the future on the NaamKyun.com server, some Chinese martial arts indeed do have ground fighting and grappling techniques. Read More…

Paau Fa Lin Wing Chun – Gwok So sifu

Ivan Rzounek Wing Chun ResearchNote: Following article is the first one of oncomming series of articles written by my good friend Ivan Rzounek sifu (Wing Chun Kuen Research), dedicated to survey of various Wing Chun schools, families and branches.

In 2000 i have been living with Martina for 3 months in Wong Nim Yi sifu’s home in Canton, studying his family system of Mai Gei Wong Wing Chun. One day Wong sifu took us to Foshan Ching Woo to attend a local Kung-Fu celebration with the performance of many famous masters of various Kung-Fu styles. You will see the whole footage of the event later – including Martina’s unplanned performance.

For now let me present Gwok So sifu, student of Lao Dat Sang (Paau Fa Lin Wing Chun 刨花蓮詠春), and brother of Gwok Gaai sifu. With a master Gwok Gaai later we were very good friends. “Paau Fa Lin Wing Chun” is rare Wing Chun style, even in the “Wing Chun city” Fatsaan. At public demonstrations this style can be seen only rarely. Read More…