Choi Lei Fat Full Contact Competition, November 1st 2011

Below is a footage from my friend Lukas Slavicek (Wing Chun, CLF and Bak Mei practitioner) from the 2011 Choi Lei Fat full contact competition – “World Choy Lee Fat Invitational Tournament 2011” held in Hong Kong.

Rules were following:

  • Head guard, chest protector, 4 oz boxing gloves, black pants, groin protector
  • 3×2 minutes rounds of full contact continuous fighting, 1 minute rest inbetween rounds
  • winner of 2 of 3 rounds will be declared a winner
  • if somebody wins 2 rounds continuously, the 3rd round will not be held

I personally hope to see more Chinese martial arts full contact events in the future! Enjoy some highlights below.

 


How Lam Sai Wing Learned Some of His Weapons, Part 1 – Commander Sword

Commander Sword - Daan Ji Fai DouIn the history of Hung Gar Kuen one famous master is Lam Sai Wing, he was a disciple of the Chinese folk hero Wong Fei Hung. Lam Sai Wing’s students published 3 books with pictures of their master showing the 3 treasures of Hung Gar Kuen. There are more and more articles about Lam Sai Wing being discovered, here is now an article about how Lam Sai Wing learned some of his weapons. The original Chinese text was written by Jyu Yujai, student of Lam Saiwing, provided by Pavel Macek sifu, translated by Mr. Tony Ma of Hong Kong and edited and re-written by Frank Bolte sifu.

Lam Sai WingIn regard to Lam Sam Wing’s skills, aren’t they all transmitted from Wong Fei Hung ? The answer is “NO”. Lam’s skills come not just from one person but taught by several masters, and thru his hard learning. He was a meat hawker, admired Wong Fei Hung’s skills, and followed him traveling here and there, days and nights studied hard. Wong Fei Hung did feel Lam’s sincerity and honesty, so taught him all boxing techniques. That’s why Lam was one of the most loved disciples.

Later Lam Sawing moved to Canton. In an incidental day-off, he went to West Hill Temple, hanging around and neighboring the temple, then met a shoemaker. Lam Saiwing saw he was strong and vital, aged around 50. Lam Saiwing was curious and approached him and chatted with him. The Shoemaker declared himself as surname Hong. His accent showed he was not local habitant, and on listening, he talked about his life experience.

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The Wooden Dummy – Czech Kung-Fu Movie Trailer

Wooden Dummy - Czech Kung Fu Movie TrailerTrailer of a short kung-fu movie, based on a story written by Czech martial artist, researcher and writter Eduard Ata Stepar, student of Ivan Rzounek  sifu from his book “Heroes of Gungfu”.

His book was published in Czech in the end of May 2011 – it is the first original  book of short stories with the subject of Chinese martial arts in Czech language. The reader will meet many famous names of the masters and practitioners of the Southern Chinese systems – Wing Chun (Yun Kaisaan, Yun Jaiwaan, Fung Siuching, Leung Jaan… ), Hung Kyun („Iron Bridge” Saam, Wong Feihung, Lam Saiwing) or Choi Lei Fat (Chan Heung, Jeung Yim). You will meet famous “Little Dragon” Bruce Lee as well.

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Kicking Drills of Mok Gar Kuen

Mok GarWe have all heard the old  kung-fu saying “Southern Fists, Northern Kicks” (Naam Kyun Bak Teui). Northern styles are supposed to specialise in long-reach kicking techniques, Southern styles speciality are powerfull short range hand attacks, using many different hand formations…, right?

Well, Northern or Southern style of Chinese Kung-Fu, does not really matter – many so called Northern styles have very profound boxing techniques, on the other hand, some Southern styles are very famous for their kicking techniques. We all know about “No Shadow Kicks” of Hung Ga Kuen (Hung Ga Kyun), right?

The king of the Naam Kyun kicking techniques is without doubt Mok Family System, Mok Gar Kuen (Mok Ga Kyun), one of the original Five families of Gwongdung province (Hung, Lau, Choi, Lei Mok). Please see an interesting article about unique kicking drill of Mok Gar Kuen, kicking the pole (Daan Ji).

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Short Kung-Fu Demo of Our New Branch School

Short Chinese martial arts demo, Trutnov branch of our association:

  • warm-up and breathing exercises
  • stances, basic exercises, focus mitts/kicking shileds drills
  • sets and sparring sets
  • strength and conditioning
  • self-defense, full contact fighting
  • weapons

Best wishes to the student of the new branch, work hard guys! Practical Hung Kyun!

Grandmaster Tang Kwok-Wah (1924-2011)

Sad News for Lam Family Hung Kuen – Grandmaster Tang Kwok-Wah (Dang Gwokwa), one of the best students and adopted son of Grandmaster Lam Jou, has passed away.

Dang sifu was born in 1924. He has started to learn gungfu under the guidance of Grandmaster Lam Jou when he was 8 years old. He was one of the few in-the-door disciples (Yap Mun Tou Dai) of Grandmaster Lam Jou, living in his school and learning not only the art of Lam Ga Hung Kuen (Lam Ga Hung Kyun), but Chinese medicine and Dit Da as well. Together with other sons of Grandmaster Lam Jou and Y.C. Wong he was one of the instructors of the Lam Gwun and has opened his won school in 1963. Tang Kwok-Wah’s and Lam Chun Fai’s lightning speed sparring sets (especially double knives vs. spear) are still very well remembered.

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Trip to Hannover

We have been in e-mail contact with Frank Bolte sifu for ages, sharing the same passion for the art of Hung Ga Kuen (Hung Ga Kyun), discussing the theory, history and application. Eventually we have met in 2008 in Hong Kong, and after he moved back from Philippines to Hannover, we started  to plan his visit in Prague, or my visit in Hannover.

Time has finally come! Being a fan of MMA and a continous learner, I have decided to polish my grappling and general MMA skills with Erik Paulson, who happened to offer an intensive 3 day seminar in Hannover and att he same time visit my friend and teach my Hung Ga Kyun skills in the evenings for Bolte sifu’s school. Easy decision, win win situation! Well, mornings and afternoon of hard training and sparring and teaching in the afternoons was definitely a hard job (sore, bruised and tired), but in the end everything worked out. (Side note: Guys, if you have a chance to learn from Erik Paulson, do not hesitate and just go. Super nice and wise guy, seasoned fighter and excellent teacher).

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Gwok Fu sifu (Yip Man Wing Chun) Has Passed Away

I just received a bad news from my good friend Ivan Rzounek sifu (www.wing-chun.cz), who is currently in China, training hard the art of Opera Boats Wing Chun (Baan Jung Wing Cheun) and researching various systems and lineages of Southern martial art: Gwok Fu sifu has passed away. 

Gwok Fu sifu was one of the last living Fatsaan disciples of Grandmaster Yip Man. Me and Ivan have visited him on numerous occassions, and were very happy that he has shared with us many stories about Fatsaan era of Grandmaster Yip Man’s Wing Chun teaching, as well as many practical tips on Wing chun and martial arts in general. Gwok sifu and his son Gwok Waijaan have some solid Wing Chun, in some aspects quite different from the later Hong Kong version of Yip Man’s.

Gwok sifu was always very friendly and kind to us.

We will always remember – rest in peace, Gwok sifu!

Fujian Shaolin Five Ancestors Application Drills

Ngo Cho Kune (Ng Jou Kyun) – Five Ancestors Kung-Fu – is famous Fujian martial arts system. Maybe not so known in the West as the other southern styles, but definitelly a big name in the Southern China. It is one the “MMA” systems of old China, consisting of techniques of 5 (6?) styles:

  • Bodhidharma (Daat Mou Kyun)
  • Arhat (Lohon Kyun)
  • Emperor Taai Jou (Taai Jou Kyun)
  • White Crane (Baak Hok Kyun)
  • Monkey (Hau Hyun)

Sixth influence was “Mysterious Lady System” (Yun Neui Kyun).

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Fatsaan Bak Mei Street Tactic

So called Reality Based-Self-Defense (RBSD) is a hot topic in the martial arts today. You may have heard of Sammy Franco, Lee Morrison, Jim Wagner, Jim Grover (aka Kelly McCann) or systems like Krav Maga, Urban Combatives, Shredder etc.

Some of the RBSD instructors are trashing traditional martial arts, but if you look at modern combatives systems curriculum from a Southern Chinese martial arts point of view, nothing new under the sun. What might be the (big) difference is the approach to the training and teaching methods. I teach both self-defense classes for general population and self-defence for women and a professional self-defence for the probation workers and i had to adapt the teaching method a lot to suit their specific needs – of course. As for techniques, no need to add much (actually, the RBSD Hung Kyun curriculum i teach at these courses is just a very small part of our curriculum).

How about the Southern styles and RBSD? Hung Ga Kuen, Wing Chun, or let’s say, Bak Mei (Bak Mei)?

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