Hung Kyun FAQ, November 2014: The Truth about Low Stances of Hung Ga Kyun

Low Stances of Hung Ga Kyun

Question: Sifu, everybody says that Hung Ga should be practiced in very low stances. I have noticed that you are sometimes using higher stances, sometimes lower stances – but still a bit higher than I usually see. Can you explain why?

Karl S.

Answer: Hung Ga = low stances, period. Right?

Right?

„Low stance, low stance!“, the Hung Ga Sifus shout out loud all over the world. „Don’t be lazy!“ Pain is good.

Well, stance training might serve as leg strengthening in the beginning phases of your Hung Ga journey, but the true aim of “Stances” (“Horse” in Chinese, Ma – take a hint why!) is different: Structure, body mechanics and power generation.

And the stances are not always low. Continue reading

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Gung Fu in the Heart of Europe: Hung Kyun, Wing Chun & Mantis Documentary (Streaming + Free Download)

Gung Fu in the Heart of Europe

Watch an excellent Chinese martial arts documentary featuring 3 Gung Fu schools from the heart of Europe, Prague, Czech republic:

  • Practical Hung Kyun of Pavel Macek Sifu
  • Wing Chun of Ivan Rzounek Sifu
  • Praying Mantis, Tiger Claw and Taijiquan of George Hušek Sifu

You will learn about various aspects of traditional Chinese martial arts training: Fighting and self-defense, strength and conditioning, health and personal development. Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: Wong Kiew Kit, The Way of the Master

Wong Kiew Kit Sifu, Way of the MasterWhen I was studying Hung Kyun in San Francisco under the guidance of Y.C. Wong Sifu in 1997 with my classmate Aleš, we used to walk from the train station to the Chinatown, for about half an hour.

On our way to the Mou Gwun there was a bookshop, with quite a few interesting martial arts books. We used to stop by and stay in the bookshop for a while, reading some them – we did not have a job at that time, and enough money for the fees, train and food, so we couldn’t buy any. All we did was practice and practice.

Out of the many books, I have found out one that was especially very interesting – it was written by Malaysian Southern Siu Lam Grand Master Wong Kiew Kit – Introduction to Shaolin Kung Fu. Interesting stuff happened –  whatever I read about in the book in the afternoon, I have learned it in my Gung Fu lessons in the evening, be it technique, concept or fighting strategy! Was it a coincidence? I have decided to skip some meals so I can buy this interesting book. Continue reading

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Traditional Southern Siu Lam Wrestling Techniques: “Double Dragons Embrace the Moon”

Southern Siu Lam Hung Ga Kyun Wrestling

Check out one of the traditional Southern Chinese martial arts wrestling techniques, “Double Dragons Embrace the Moon” (Seung Lung Bou Yut).

The drawing and the original text comes from an old boxing manual titled The Essence of Boxing Art (Kyun Seut Jing Wa) from my collection of old books.

Here is the translation of the application: Continue reading

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Do you train with Hung Ga Iron or Brass Rings?

Hung Ga Iron or Brass Rings?

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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“Tiger and Crane Double Form Set”: Wong Fei Hung’s Best of Southern Fist

"Tiger and Crane Double Form Set": Wong Fei Hung's Best of Southern Fist

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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Hung Kyun FAQ, October 2014: “Scissor Kick”

Hung Ga Scissor KickQuestion: “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?

Thank you!

Grzegorz M.

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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“Iron Bridges, Steel Moustache”: Join our Movember Team and Win an Ebook of Your Choice!

Practical Hung Kyun Movember 2013Practical Hung Kyun philosophy is simple and direct: we practice martial arts for good health/strength, self-protection and personal development.

Stand with us as we fight the good fight. Grow a moustache, join the ranks of our army of strong and healthy warriors and help us to change the face of men’s health!

What is Movember? Continue reading

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Hung Ga Insider Discussion Forum: “Closed Door” Members Only

Hung Ga Insider Discussion Forum

Check out the newest premium feature on our Practical Hung Kyun website: “Closed Door” Hung Ga Insider Discussion Forum, for registered users only.

Time limited free registration – opened now! 

Hung Ga Insider Forum was founded as a non-political community platform – place where all the Hung Ga Kyun practitioners from every school, branch and lineage can come together and exchange their information and ideas on all aspects of our beloved art!

Please follow few simple rules:

  • Martial virtues (Mou Dak)
  • No politics
  • No vulgar comments, trolling, spamming, flamewars

Enter the Chamber, become one of the Hung Ga Insiders and discuss, share, ask, and learnfor true Hung Ga Kyun and Southern Chinese martial arts fans only!

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How to Get Stronger? Interview with Pavel Tsatsouline, StrongFirst Chief Instructor

Interview with Pavel Tsatsouline, StrongFirstHow 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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