Legends of the Old Hung Ga Kyun Masters: Lau Jaam

The Story of Hung Ga Kyun Grandmaster Lau Jaam

Cantonese martial art Master Mr. Wong Fei Hung, among his inheritors, there were two famous names, one being verified as Leung Fun, and the next was apparently Mr. Lau Jaam. They both as known-brave and skillful in fighting, outstanding in the Wong Fei Hung. Leung Fun died early, and Lau Jaam healthy and still alive. In martial art Lau was in no way weaker than Leung. They treated Lau as junior to Leung. But actually Lau was not learning from Wong Fei Hung, instead he was the pupil of Lam Sai Wing.

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“Tiger Father Begets Tiger Son”: Happy Hung Kyun Father’s Day!

“Tiger Father Begets Tiger Son”: Happy Hung Kyun Father’s Day!

Happy Hung Kyun Father’s Day!

Do you know who’s is this kid?

And who’s his real father? (Hint: A well known Hung Ga Kyun master!) Continue reading

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Wong Fei Hung & Ghost Foot Seven

Wong Fei Hung & Ghost Foot Seven (Kwan Tak-Hing)

Nobody played Wong Fei Hung better than the late Kwan Tak-Hing, wouldn’t you agree? Nobody. Nobody even comes close. And it does not matter that Kwan Sifu actually did not practiced Hung Ga Kyun, but (Tibetan) White Crane.

As we all know, Kwan Sifu played Wong Fei Hung in over 100 movies – first one was made in 1949, and the last one (with Kwan Tak-Hing as Wong Fei Hung) in 1981.

The rare footage below comes from one of last Kwan’s Wong Fei Hung called Wong Fei Hung & Ghost Foot Seven – in English known as The Magnificent Kick, made in 1980. Continue reading

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Chinese Boxing, Kickboxing, or Boxkicking?

Chinese Boxing, Kickboxing, or Boxkicking?

One of the worst misconception in CMA is that CMA sparring and fighting needs to look different than [fill in any other art or combat sport]. What works looks surprisingly very similar – and what does not work looks very different.

Guess what – one of the frequently used idioms for martial arts was Kyun Seut, lit. “Art of the Fist”, or Kyun Faat, “Fist Methods”, i.e. “boxing” or “pugilism”.

Another old idiom for martial arts was Kyun Geuk, lit. “Fists & Legs” – basically kickboxing, just the other way round, “boxkicking”. Of course CMA cover also other modes of attack, such as elbow strikes, palm strikes, finger pokes, throws, grabs, joint locks, weapons, etc., but the message is clear – punching and kicking – “boxing” or “boxkicking” – is the foundation.

So – any time I hear “it is just kickboxing”, I wanna punch or kick the guy.
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Mount: One of the Worst Ground Fighting Situations and How to Get Our of It

You got knocked down or taken down, and now the adversary is sitting on you and giving you bad beating.

In the positional hierarchy it is one of the worst positions – and if you instinctively roll to your belly, you will get even to worst position. You will not seen adversary’s incoming punches, or you will get choked out.

This is how it looks in in real, on the street. Warning – violent video! Continue reading

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Chinese Martial Arts, Please Wake Up! [3 Videos]

Chinese martial arts vs. MMA

You have probably seen the MMA fighter vs. Taiji “fighter” challenge match. Defeat in 10 seconds.  Are you surprised? We are not.

People say that the Taiji guy does not represent Taijiquan or Chinese martial arts in general.

You know what? He represents all CMA bullshit, all that is with Chinese martial arts wrong. 99% of today’s CMA martial artists would end up exactly the same. 

This is a video of the fight. Continue reading

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Chinese Martial Arts in MMA: First PHK Fighter in the Cage, First Victory [Video]

Chinese Martial Arts in MMA: First PHK Fighter in the Cage, First Victory

Jakub Simon (PHK Gym Jihlava) fought in his first MMA fight at MMAA Arena Cup. First PHK fighter in MMA cage (and as far as we know, first Chinese martial arts fighter in Czechia in MMA), first victory!

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5 Combat Applications of PHK’s “Iron Broom Sweeping Kick”

Hung Ga Kyun Iron Broom Sweeping Kick

A young kid wanted to learn from a famous martial artist. He was poor, and could not afford the regular lessons.

The Master felt sorry for him, so he told him: “Before I accept you as my student, I want you to do following thing: When you go through the bamboo forest on your way from you work  and back to your village, I want you sweep the bamboos with your legs, left and right.” Continue reading

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PHK Plum Blossom Set “Right Lead” Application Drills

Kwan Tak-Hing as Wong Fei HungPower jabs, finger jabs, uppercuts, hammer fist groin strikes – right leg forward, right hand striking: that is our beginner’s PHK form “Cross Pattern Plum Blossom Set” (Sap Ji Mui Fa Kyun) in a nutshell.

Why right lead, so called “southpaw stance”?

Mark Hatmaker, of the proponents of southpaw guard, observes that there are more “deliberate southpaws” in today’s MMA (about 40%) than in boxing (about 10%), and explains his reasons why: Continue reading

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The True History of Chinese Martial Arts [Book Review]

Chinese Martial Arts: A Historical OutlineMan Mou Seung Chyun means “Scholar and Warrior” in Cantonese. It is an old Chinese ideal of a gentleman who can use skilfully both his brush and sword.

After well received book on Lama Paai Gung Fu (review HERE), dedicated to both history and technical curriculum of so called “Tibetan” styles of Chinese martial arts, David A. Ross Sifu of New York San Da brought us practical oriented textbooks of combined old and new methods, bringing the skills of traditional martial arts into the 21 century.

In his latest book, long awaited Chinese Martial Arts: A Historical Outline, he has tackled another difficult task – to present the true history of Chinese Gung Fu. And again, he does excellent job.  Continue reading

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