Question: I have heard that Grand Master Lam Sai Wing has taught in the army. Is it true? Can you please give some examples of simple Hung Gar bare-hand combat techniques, which could be use in unarmed combat situation in the army or on the street today?
Answer: It is well documented that Wong Fei Hung, Lam Sai Wing (and various other Hung Ga Kyun Masters) taught martial arts in the army.
Wong Fei Hung served his duty under famous army commanders Lau Wing Fuk, Ng Chyun Mei and Tong Ging Sung, Lam Sai Wing under Lei Fuk Lam and Chan Jai Tong. (You can find out more in the intro parts of Lam Sai Wing Memorial Book and Lam Sai Wing’s Taming the Tiger Manual).
Their function wasn’t only honorary. We can only guess what specifically did they teach in the army, but we know for sure that both Wong Fei Hung and Lam Sai Wing taught actual combat techniques – not only strength/conditioning drills to keep the soldiers disciplined and fit, but also weapon and bare-handed combat skills. Moreover, they not only taught, but also learned from the other Masters and cross-trained.
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Hung Ga Grand Master Ho Lap Tin, one of the most senor disciples of Grand Master Dang Fong, dedicated a short paragraph to Grand Master Lam Sai Wing in his book “Hung Kyun Application Drills” (Hung Kyun Saan Sau) .
Here is the translation and scan of the original version:
Lam Sai Wing has specialised in Hung Kyun: „Five Animals Set“ (Ng Ying Kyun), „Taming of the Tiger in Gung Pattern“ (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun), „Iron Thread Set“ (Tit Sin Kyun), „Five Elements Set“ (Ng Hang Kyun), all passed from Wong Feihung. Furthemore he has intensively studied one set – „Tiger and Crane Double Form“ (Fu Hok Seung Ying Kyun). Continue reading
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Traditional Chinese maxim says: “two fists are no match against four hands” (Seung Kyun Bat Dik Sei Sau). Indeed – apart from an armed assailant, one of the worst case self-defense scenarios is dealing with multiple opponents.
Practical Hung Kyun sparring drills cover not only regular one on one sparring, but various self-protection scenarios, too – including dealing with multiple attackers. Continue reading
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Today the emphasis in martial arts training is usually put on bare-handed skills and techniques, as well as practical self-defense against common weapons like the knife, gun, baseball bat, baton etc.
Anyone who is concerned about reality-based self protection should follow the first rule: Get armed! It was the same in the past in China, be it in the army, or local militia: major emphasis was put on weapon training. Continue reading
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“Tiger and Crane Double Form Set”? “Taming of the Tiger in Gung Pattern”? Or some of the short sets, like “Plum Blossom Set”?
What is YOUR favorite Hung Ga Kyun Set (and why)?
- Vote on the poll below!
- Scroll down and let us know WHY do you like the set you have voted for in the comments below!
A promise: Once we know “the winner”, I promise the readers that I will write a special article about the winning set, explaining the most important techniques, concepts, strategies and overall benefits. Continue reading
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Stand-up grappling and counter-grappling techniques, kicks, clinch work and close quarters combative skills, dealing with multiple opponents etc. These and many other are skills are taught in our “Taming of the Tiger in Gung Pattern Set” (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun), 3rd Kap of our Practical Hung Kyun curriculum.
Check out a short video from last week’s training session, devoted the the practice of some of the drills. Continue reading
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Question: Sifu Macek, can you please briefly explain the “Twelve Bridge Hands” of Hung Ga Kuen? As your school is called Practical Hung Kyun, I would appreciate some practical example how to use the “Twelve Bridges” in training or real fight.
Answer: First two Bridges – Hard, Soft (Gong, Yau) and last two Bridges – Control, Adapt (Jai, Ding) are a general Yam/Yeung (Yin/Yang) framework of the remaining eight. We at Practical Hung Kyun want to end up the confrontation as fast as possible, using hard power and total control. If we meet a stronger opponent, we use soft power and adapt to the opponents action.
I took your question as challenge, and tried to explain the “Twelve Bridge Hands” of Hung Ga in twelve lines/paragraphs. Continue reading
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Wong Fei Hung documentary from a Hong Kong TV – check it out!
Various Hung Kyun Masters, such as Lam Chun Fai, Li Chan Wo, and Lee Yun Fook, speak about legendary hero of our system, Grand Master Wong Fei Hung.
You will learn about the secrets of the “No Shadow Kick”, Wong Fei Hung’s long pole and flying dart skills, his disicples, lion dance and more!
Please see the whole documentary (with English subtitles!) below: Continue reading
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“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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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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