Hung Ga, Wing Chun and the Mystery of Half Point

Hung Ga & Wing Chun Six and Half Point Long Pole

“Six and Half Point Long Pole” (Luk Dim Bun Gwan) is one of the most famous weapon techniques of Southern Chinese martial arts. It is practiced both in “old Wing Chun ” and  modern (Fat Saan) Wing Chun.

“Six and Half Point” was also a part of Lam Sai Wing’s Hung Ga Kyun curriculum. Grand Master Lam Jou writtes:

My uncle, Lam Sai Wing, added “Six and Half Pole” Techniques to this. The “Six and Half Pole” techniques were famous among the Chinese opera groups. These techniques originated from the Siu Lam monastery and then spread among the Chinese opera groups.

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Hung Ga Grand Master Chiu Wai: “Double Chain Whip”, “Ten Forms”, “Tiger and Crane Double Form” (Rare Video)

Hung Gar kuen Video: Grand Master Chiu Wai - "Double Chain Whip", "Ten Forms", "Tiger and Crane"

Rare Hung Ga videos from early 1980′s: Grandmaster Chiu Wai performs “Plum Flower Double Chain Whip” (Mui Fa Seung Yun Bin), “Ten Forms Set” (Sap Ying Kyun) and famous “Tiger and Crane Double Form Set” (Fu Hok Seung Ying Kyun).

Special thanks to Douglas Elmes for uploading the videos, and Charris van’t Slot Sifu for head ups.

Please see the rare videos below: 

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You Have NEVER Seen a Kung Fu Movie Like This, Guaranteed! (!!!)

Dragon Lives Again - Bruce LeeOK, off-topic, sorry. I still can’t believe my eyes.

Bruce Lee goes to the underworld. He is forced to fight 007 James Bond, Clint Eastwood, The Godfather, the Priest from the Exorcist, Dracula and even Emanuele (!). 

Bruce Lee teams up with The One-Armed Swordsman, Caine from TV’s Kung Fu, and Popeye The Sailor Man. 

Please see the trailer and full movie below! Continue reading

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Practical Hung Kyun Knife Self-Defense (Video + Tutorial)

Practical Hung Kyun Knife Defense

Knife attack is definitely one of the most dangerous situation you could get in.

Although the knife defense belongs to the most difficult self-protection skills, we have decided to move it to the beginner levels (2nd Kap), for various reasons.

First, our students might need it tomorrow – the aggressor doesn’t care it is an advanced skill set.

Second, the basic game plan and hold (“two on one”, se bellow) is fully compatible with our strength exercises (Lin Gung) with the long pole that we teach at 2nd Kap, as well as special variation of Kiu Sau conditioning we do, so called Gang Sau. Even if the student won’t specialize in long pole fencing, he will still understand and reap the benefits of long pole Lin Gung training. Continue reading

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Hung Kyun FAQ, July 2014: “Old Hung Kyun” vs. “New Hung Kyun”

Old Hung Ga KyunQuestion: “Old Hung Kyun”, also called “Village Hung Kyun”, vs. today’s most widely spread lineage of Grand Master Wong Fei Hung.

Can you please summarizes their brief history, connections, development and techniques of the “Old Hung Ga” and “Modern Hung Ga”?

Answer: This month’s Hung Kyun question wasn’t raised by a single individual, but actually by many of you. I have received many quests regarding the “Old Hung Kyun” as a response to our regular Practical Hung Kyun Newsletter, on Facebook, as well as various discussion forums.

Please check out the brief analysis and comparison between old and new Hung Ga Kyun, their connections, development, techniques and fighting strategy below! Continue reading

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Must Read: Authentic Lama Pai Kung Fu – the Teaching of the Late Chan Tai San

Authentic Lama Pai Kung Fu - the Teaching of the Late Chan Tai SanOur Practical Hung Kyun training philosophy has many different influences, no surprise, not all of them are Hung Ga Kyun.

In this post i would like to give credit to one of our brother arts, three Davids, and recommend an excellent book which just have been published. On the shoulders of giants, indeed….

My Si Hing Michael Goodwin from San Francisco told me long time ago: “If you want to understand our Long Bridges techniques, you have to study some Tibetan White Crane, Lama Paai or Hap Ga”. When my Si Hing says something, I take notes – I followed his advice and have tried to find as much information about these so called Tibetan styles as possible. Continue reading

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Practical Hung Kyun Kicking Drill (Video + Tutorial)

Hung Ga Kyun Kicks“Old Hung Kyun” did not have any kicks at all – one of the traditional sayings even goes “Kick misses 9 times of 10.

Wong Fei Hung obviously thought differently, and has included few reliable kicking techniques from various systems. His “No Shadow Kick” skill was well feared among the fighters in Southern China.

We have recently posted a short video of one of the kicking drills from our Practical Hung Kyun curriculum. Although it looks simple, it features few very important principles and concepts.

See the video below and read a short tutorial, which shows our PHK methodology and approach.  Continue reading

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Fiction or Truth? Chinese Martial Arts, MMA and „Power of Less“

Hung Ga Kyun, Wing Chun, MMA

Hung Ga vs. Wing Chun!

Ready….. FIGHT! 

Check out a short video from a successful martial arts movie The Grandmaster. Of course, just a a movie, BUT – in every Gung Fu movie there is a grain of truth.

Watch the video and read our commentary below! Continue reading

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Hung Ga Kyun Concepts: “Four Arrivals”, Part 4 – “Feet”

Hung Ga Kyun Concepts: “Four Arrivals”, Part 4 – “Feet”

Hung Ga’s “Four Secret Arrivals”, as transmitted by the late Grand Master Lam Sai Wing. Final number four, i.e. “Feet Arrival” (Geuk Dou).

 As we saw in the 3rd installment, the third “Arrival” were “Hands” (Sau Dou). At first I thought – maybe the order is wrong: I should first step to be close enough to hit him, and then hit him. But then it hit me (pun intended) – no… not really!

Of course the Juk Dou is about correct distance, but the order of the “Four Arrivals” (Sei Dou) IS significant. Continue reading

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Video: Practical Hung Kyun Wrestling Techniques (Seut Faat)

Hung Ga Kyun Wrestling/Takedowns

Hung Ga Kyun’s “Taming the Tiger in Gung Pattern Set” (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun) contains many useful wrestling/counter-wrestling techniques, such as “Iron Broom Kick” (Tit Sou Ba Geuk) “(Three Stars) Hook and Spring Kick” ([Saam Sing] Kau Taan Geuk), both “Big and Small Hook and Spring” (Daai Siu Kau Taan) “Unicorn Steps Footwork” (Jau Kei Leun Bou), “Bring the Horse Back to the Stable”/”Hungry Horse Rings the Bell” (Dai Ma Gwai Chou/Ngo Ma Yiu Ling) etc.

Check out some samples of the “Wrestling/Takedown Techniques” (Seut Faat) drills from our Practical Hung Kyun curriculum. Continue reading

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