Video: “The King of Stone Locks” (Chinese Kettlebells)

Stone Locks" (Chinese Kettlebells)

If you are watching current trends in strength and conditioning, you can witness the revival of many old school tools and methods.

Trial and error period of bodybuilding and machines is thanks God finally over, and many people (martial artists included) are coming back to simple tools like bodyweight exercises, barbells, and – kettlebells.

Especially kettlebells are one of the most useful and versatile tools in martial artist’s toolbox. Nothing new under the sun – Chinese martial artist use similar tools and exercises for centuries.

Enter the Stone Locks! Continue reading

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Hung Kyun FAQ, April 2014: Hung Ga Umbrella

Wong Fei Hung: Hung Ga Kyun UmbrellaQuestion: Sifu,  I have a question. I have found out that Wong Fei Hung used an umbrella as a weapon.

Do you know any form and application of an umbrella, or is lost?

Thank you!

Andrea C.

Answer: According to historical accounts, an umbrella was actually one of the favorite weapons of Wong Kei Ying, Wong Fei Hung’s father, not Wong Fei Hung. Please see an entertaining video below, from a legendary movie Iron Monkey.

Wong Kei Ying is played by Donnie Yen, and gives a nice show of an umbrella fighting. Continue reading

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Hung Ga “Sabre vs. Spear Sparring Set” (Vintage Video)

Hung Ga Sabre vs. Spear Sparring Set Video“Sabre vs. Spear Sparring Set” (Daan Dou Deui Cheung) is traditionaly a second weapon sparring set of Lam Family Hung Kyun curriculum. It teaches the application of short vs. long weapon. “Sabre vs. Spear” was originally choreographed by Grand Master Lam Jou.

The spear is known as “King of Hundred Weapons” (Baak Bing Ji Wong), as well as “King of All Long Weapons” (Cheung Bing Ji Wong). It is one of the most common Chinese warfare/duel weapons. Continue reading

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Practical Hung Kyun Kids: Free Fighting (Saan Da)

Practical Hung Kyun Kids: Free Fighting (Saan Da)

Check out a short video of our little warriors – 1 minute full contact free fighting (Saan Da).

Yes, apart from basic training, sets and strength/conditioning, our Practical Hung Kyun kids program includes self-defense and free fighting.

Our little dragons get used to sparring at early age (5 years old+) – because they are no heavy weights, there is no danger of injury or damage, and of course, we use necessary protective gear. Continue reading

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Perspectives on the Role of Practical Fighting in Chinese Martial Arts, Part 2

This is part of my continuing series of articles discussing the practical training and application of Chinese martial arts. While their intent is not to insult, they are indeed intended to make the reader reexamine what they practice and how they practice it.

Perspectives on the Role of Practical Fighting in Chinese Martial Arts, Part 2

All technique exists in a context. Theory produces concepts, concepts produce techniques. However, all technique is based upon context. The theory and concepts instead are universal. The theory and concept persist. If we focus on the technique, ignoring the context, and ignore the theory and concepts, we do a disservice to our arts. This I believe is one of the major issues facing Chinese martial arts in the modern age. Continue reading

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Grand Master Lam Chun Fai Performs “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun)

Grand Master Lam Chun Fai Performs "Iron Thread Set" (Tit Sin Kyun)Hung Ga “Iron Thread Set” (also translated as “Iron Wire Set”)  performance by Grand Master Lam Chun Fai, Oscar Lam and Donald Hamby Sifu.

Senior European student of Grand Master Lam Chu Fai, Charris van’t Slot Sifu (Netherlands) notes: “Master Lam shows the features of Tit Sin very well: short triangle stance with back leg bent, the back round for sinking when breathing out.” Continue reading

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The Man, the Legend: Hung Ga Kyun Grandmaster Lam Cho (1910-2012)

Hung Ga Kyun Grand Master Lam ChoGrandmaster Lam Cho 林祖, patriarch of Lam Family Hung Kyun 林家洪拳, also known as Lam Gun Kau 林冠球, was born on the 1st month, 18th day, of the Chinese calendar year 4608 (February 27th, 1910), in the Southern Chinese province of Gwongdung 廣東, Naamhoi 南海 district, Ping Jau 平洲 village. Orphaned as a young child, he was brought up by his uncle, the famous martial arts master Lam Sai Wing 林世榮, a disciple of the legendary Wong Fei Hung 黃飛鴻. Lam Sai Wing treated the young Lam Cho as his very own son. Continue reading

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Practical Hung Kyun Fundamental Curriculum: Profundity in Simplicity

Practical Hung Kyun Fundamental Curriculum: Profundity in Simplicity

Practical Hung Kyun fundamental curriculum (1st and 2nd Kap) consists of 2 sets: „Cross Pattern Plum Flower Set“ (intro bare-handed set) and „Six and Half Point Long Pole“ (intro weapon set).

There are many reasons why our students start here: it is a fast and simple introductory program to practical self-defence, boxing and fencing, easy to master and immediately ready to use. However, the important point is not WHAT, but HOW. Continue reading

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Hung Ga Kyun Concepts: “Four Arrivals”, Part 1 – “Heart”

Hung Ga Kyun Concepts: “Four Arrivals”, Part 1 – “Heart”Hung Ga’s “Secret of Four Arrivals” (Sei Dou Ji  Bei), mentioned in the Grand Master Lam Sai Wing’s preface to his “Taming the Tiger in Gung Pattern” book (full translation available here), belong to the most important concepts of our art and Chinese martial arts in general.

Because many practioners either do not know the “Four Arrivals” at all, or do not understand them properly, I have decided to write a four part series, explaining the concepts, true meaning and their practical application one by one.

Part one is dedicated to Sam Dou, “Heart Arrival”. Continue reading

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Martial Arts Applications: Garbage In, Garbage Out

Martial Arts Applications: Garbage In, Garbage Out

Garbage in, garbage out (GIGO) in the field of martial arts or self-defence training refers to the fact that practitioners will unquestioningly process unintended, even nonsensical, input data (training methods, types of attacks, self-defence situations etc.  – “garbage in”) and produce undesired, often nonsensical, output (self-defence solutions, “garbage out”).

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