“The Five Animal, Five Element Boxing Set” of Hung Kyun Master Lam Sai Wing: Intro & Dragon Section [Part 1 of 10]

“The Five Animal, Five Element” aka “Ten Forms“ Boxing Set of Hung Kyun Master Lam Sai Wing: Intro & Dragon Section [Part 1 of 10]

In the Wong Fei Hung curriculum, three famous sets, the “Gung 工 Character Tiger Subduing Set” (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun 工字伏虎拳), the ““Tiger and Crane Twin Pattern Set”” (Fu Hok Seung Ying Kyun 虎鶴雙形拳), and the “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun 鐵線拳 ), are collectively known as “The Hung Kyun Three Treasures.” However, the “Ten Patterns Boxing Set” (Sap Ying Kyun 十形拳) was originally established by Lam Sai Wing, to revise and consolidate key portions of the curriculum as he had learned it from Wong Fei Hung.  Continue reading

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Interview with Donald Hamby Sifu, Tiger Crane School Los Angeles

Interview with Donald Hamby Sifu, Tiger Crane School Los Angeles

Donald Hamby Sifu started to train Hung Kyun in 1976 – the very same year I was born. Wow.

We always missed each other in Hong Kong – when I was there, Hamby Sifu wasn’t coming, when Hamby Sifu was going, I couldn’t. Damn.

My big brother Michael Goodwin kept telling me: “You need to meet Don, he is awesome, you need to me Don”.

And guess what – after all those years, we finally met! The legends didn’t lie – Don Hamby Sifu is BIG and STRONG – and in great shape. Continue reading

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We Are PRACTICAL Hung Kyun: Here is Why [VIDEO]

Practical Hung Kyun

One of the comments to our latest video – from our 18th (!) Summer PHK Camp says:

The way you train Hung Kyun puts the competition to shame.

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Hung Ga’s “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun) Combat Applications [VIDEO]

Hung Ga's "Iron Thread Set" (Tit Sin Kyun) Combat Applications

Tit Kiu Saam (“Iron Bridge” Three) was one of the best fighters of 19th century Southern China – one of the legendary “Ten Tigers of Gwong Dung”. He was famous for her “Bridges” (Kiu), firm stances (Ma)  and incredible strength, developed thanks to his “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun).

We don’t have much information about his other techniques, but if: Continue reading

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Hung Ga vs. Wing Cheun: Differences and Similarities

Hung Ga vs. Wing Cheun: Differences and Similarities

Today I would like to share my thoughts concerning the differences and similarities between Wing Cheun (Yip Jing and Yun Kei Saan lineage) and Hung Kyun (Lam Family lineage).  In the first place, please note that it is not the intention of this article to assert whether these excellent arts are superior to one another or to any other styles of martial arts.  My intention is to explore the similarities and differences between the two arts so as to expand knowledge and understanding of these arts.

Having trained in Wing Cheun for more than 20 years and Hung Kyun for nearly 10 years, it is quite clear despite some fundamental differences that both of these excellent arts have, they also share a number of similarities. Continue reading

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“Embroidery Legs”? Not If You Know How to Use this Kick [VIDEO]

"Embroidery Legs"? Not If You Know How to Use this Kick VIDEO

“Flowery fists, embroidery legs” is a popular Chinese saying, describing a “martial” art that looks good, but has no combat use.

Often this is indeed a truth – and it does not matter if it is modern or traditional style. In many other cases, technique that looks flowery may have a practical combat usage – it was just forgotten.  Continue reading

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The Mystery of Lam Sai Wing’s “Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes”

The Mystery of Lam Sai Wing's "Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes"

  • “Long Bridges” techniques in “Tiger Crane Double Form Set” (Fu How Seung Ying Kyun) come from “Buddhist Family Arhat Style/Set” (Fat Ga Lo Hon Kyun) – including the “Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes” (Chat Sing Lin Waan Kau)
  • Vast majority of “Five Elements” boxing techniques from the “Five Animals and Five Elements Set” (Ng Ying Ng Hang Kyun) are virtually the same as in today’s Hap Kyun
  • We have a photo of Lam Sai Wing, performing “Wing-Flap Hand” (Pok Yik Sau) technique, which is not found in any today’s Hung Kyun set. The article mentions “Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes” as one of the special methods of Wong Yan Lam’s disciple, Hap Kyun’s Wong Mun Wing (Wong Hon Wing) – read the article here
  •  …and now, we have acquired a rare article series about Lam Sai Wing’s “Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes [Set?]”, which btw. includes a drawing of the Pok Yik Sau – plus few other typical Hap Kyun techniques!

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Kwan Tak-Hing as Wong Fei Hung Performs Long Pole [VIDEO]

Kwan Tak-Hing as Wong Fei Hung Performs  Long Pole video

Long pole was one of Grandmaster Wong Fei Hung’s specialities. It is said that in 1859 he was together with his father Wong Kei Ying traveling through Gwong Dung province and giving martial arts performance  in various cities, such as Fat Saan, Canton and Seun Dak.

At that time – as a teenager! – he defeated famous master Jeng Dai Hung and his “Left Hand Fishing Pole” (Jo Sau Tiu Yu Gwan) by using techniques from the “Ng Long’s Eight Trigram Long Pole” (Ng Long Baat Gwa Gwan) and acquired a nickname “Young Hero”.  Continue reading

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Tiger Claw School: A Brief Biography of Wong Moon Toy

Tiger Claw School: A Brief Biography of Wong Moon Toy

Wong Moon Toy’s ancestral home is Leung Dung, Saam Se, Toi Saan, Gwong Dung province. He is forty-three years old now. Already from an early age he liked sports very much and learned Northern Chinese martial arts from Lau Juk Fung, a student of Fok Yun Gaap (Huo Yuan Jia). Continue reading

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Hung Kyun’s “Asking the Bridge” in MMA [VIDEO]

Hung Kyun’s “Asking the Bridge” in MMAConor McGregor using Hung Ga’s “Double Tiger Claw” – and Max Holloway is not exactly happy on the receiving end!

Well… no, Conor of course doesn’t practice Hung Kyun, he is a MMA fighter, and although the technique on the pic looks exactly like our “Double Tiger Claw” (Seung Fu Jaau), it is something else. Watch the fight again.

But… Continue reading

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