One of the things that drew me many years ago to Hung Ga was the use of Iron Rings.
Because of my attraction to the idea of training with the Ring, I searched for posts and literature on them. I have read many documents and posts about why people think they are a valuable training tool and also why many people think that they are pointless or have been superseded by modern tools.
Even between the two lineages of Hung Ga Kyun in which I have trained my two different Sifu’s have had different views as to which forms you are allowed to use them to train with. Continue reading
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“Fu Hok Seung Ying Kyun is one of the methods of our martial arts style. This set was created by the late Grand Master Wong Fei Hung. When he was a child, he made an itinerant living as a street performer together with his father, Great Grand Master [Wong Kei Ying].
In his prime, we worked as a coach of Lau’s and Ng’s army. He became very famous and has met many other excellent Masters. He picked up the the essential techniques of various famous styles, has mastered them through a comprehensive study, transformed them and created Fu Hok Seung Ying Kyun.”
The paragraph above comes from the Wong Man Kai’s “Informal Discussion about the Tiger and Crane Double Form Set”, published in Lam Sai Wing’s Memorial book (full English translation available HERE).
Wong continues: Continue reading
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Question: “Hung Ga Scissor Kick” – Sifu, how does it look like?
In what Hung Ga set can I find it?
What is the proper Chinese name?
Can you please show how is it used?
Answer: “Scissor Leg Technique” (Gau Jin Teui Faat) is one our “Special Skills” (Jyut Gei). Apart from relatively recently composed set called “Butterfly Palms” (Wu Dip Jeung, which by the way isn’t part of our curriculum), you will not find it in any of the commonly taught Hung Ga Kyun sets.
Interestingly, not all techniques were transmitted via set training – many of the special patterns or combinations were taught as individual techniques. “Scissor Leg Technique” (Gau Jin Teui Faat), also called “Golden Coin Falls to the Ground” (Gam Chin Lok Dei), is one of them. Continue reading
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Practical Hung Kyun philosophy is simple and direct: we practice martial arts for good health/strength, self-protection and personal development.
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How to get stronger?
What should the beginners focus on?
How about advanced students?
Check out a short interview I have conducted with my Master of strength, Pavel Tsatsouline, StrongFirst Chief instructor.
Listen carefully to his answers, and apply them not only to your strength training, but martial arts training as well. Continue reading
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Download a vintage article about the history of “Iron Wire Set” (Tit Sin Kyun) and Hung Ga Kyun training in general – a sample of our highly appreciated special collection of Hung Ga articles from the legendary 1970s’ Real Kung Fu magazine.
Leung Hon Gwong is one of the senior disciples of Grand Master Lau Jaam (Lau Jaam was Lam Sai Wing’s student and father of the late Grand Master Lau Kar-Leung).
You will find out some interesting info about Hung Kyun training, for fighting, as well as good health (I specially like the part about “launching direct attack with great forcefulness”). Continue reading
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“Three Stars Hitting” or “Three Stars Conditioning” (Da Saam Sing) is one of the most commonly practiced drills in Southern Chinese martial arts.
Do you practice “Three Stars”?
Why and how?
Do you practice it correctly, with a specific aim?
Check out 12 tips and fine points of Da Saam Sing from our Practical Hung Kyun training methodology!
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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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