Branding vs. System in Martial Arts

Traditional Martial Arts vs. MMA

The internet bombards us with all of the different martial arts, each with their unique branding and message. They are all about ‘lifestyles’ and each art or style seems to have an associated ‘lifestyle’, whether Tai Chi, Muay Thai, BJJ, MMA, Krav Maga, Kali or whatever, they all seem very distinct in their culture, approach and message.

A recent article by Rickson Gracie (read HERE) criticises modern MMA. He says it is basically a thug culture, and you would not send your child to MMA, however, BJJ was different because it taught positive values, respect etc. I believe there is some truth in this, but disagree on a number of levels. Continue reading

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Traditional Combat Art for Modern World: Lion’s Roar San Da

Traditional Combat Art for Modern World: Lion’s Roar San DaI will tell you right away: THIS is the book the Chinese martial arts were waiting for. This is the kind that today’s TCMA needs most. This is the bridge from the past to the future. Enter David A. Ross’s latest book – Lion’s Roar San Da: Combined Old and New Methods.

The book answers the commonly asked question: What is better – modern MMA, or traditional martial arts? Spoiler: The answer is yes.

Everybody who has spent some time researching the legends and history of Chinese martial arts knows that ALL (Chinese) martial arts are Jaap Ga, „[mix of] various families“. Just look at today’s Hung Kyun, which was called „Modern Hung Kyun“ (San Hung Kyun) already in Wong Fei Hung’s time: Continue reading

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Rare Photo of Grand Master Lam Sai Wing Has Just Been Discovered!

Rare Photo of Grand Master Lam Sai Wing Has Just Been Discovered!

Practical Hung Kyun proudly presents new discovery – rare photo of Grand Master Lam Sai Wing, performing a technique from the famous “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun).

The photo comes from a cover of an old martial arts pulp stories magazine “King of the Martial Arts Stories”, published in 1952. Credit and special thanks to Mr. Ng Hou for sharing the photo. We will restore the photo with the modern photo editing software and share it with all Hung Ga practitioners and researchers.  Continue reading

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Hung Kyun and Hap Ga: The “Wing-Flap” Technique of Wong Yan Lam

Hung Kyun and Hap Ga: The "Wing-Flap" Technique of Wong Yan LamToday’s Hung Ga Kung Fu, also known as “New Hung Kyun” (San Hung Kyun), was signifacantly influenced by another Southern Chinese system, (Tibetan) Hap Ga and its “Long Bridges, Low/Wide Stances” (Cheung Kiu Daai Ma).

Here is a translation of a rare article from an old vintage Hong Kong magazine, telling the story of Wong Yanlam, his mischievous disciple Wong Honwing and their famous “Wing Flap” technique:
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Wong Fei Hung’s “Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes” [Rare Video]

Wong Fei Hung's "Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes" [Rare Video]

Hung Ga’s “Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes” (Chat Sing Lin Waan Kau) is a famous “long Bridge” boxing combination from “Tiger & Crane Double Forms” Set. It was supposedly #7 of Wong Fei Hung’s „Ten Lethal Bare Hand Techniques“ (Sap Duk Sau).

The techniques of “Seven  Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes” are:

  • „Throw Balls in Waves“, also called “One Star Throwing Punch”
  • “Water Wawe Throwing Strike”, also called “Two Stars Throwing Punch”
  • „Whirlwind Smashes Waves“ , also called “Continuous Smashing and Covering”
  • “Great Immortal Lifts Pot”, also called “Continuous Lifting Uppercut”
  • “Thrust Punch from Sleeves”, also called “Arrow Punch Under Armpit”

Check out a rare video from an old Wong Fei Hung movie (1956) featuring this famous combo: Continue reading

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Hung Kyun’s “Flying Kick” and “Flying Knee” [Video]

Hung Kyun’s “Flying Kick” and “Flying Knee” [Video]

“Flying Kick” and “Flying Knee” belong to the so called “Special Techniques” (Jyut Gei) of Practical Hung Kyun. Anybody who watches UFC knows that they work and that they can take the opponent by surprise. Same goes for a street fight.

Below is a short video of “Organ Seeking Kick” (Liu Yam Geuk) “Tornado Kick” (Syun Fung Geuk), “Flying Kick” (Lin Waan Fei Geuk) and “Flying Knee” (Lin Waan Fei Sat) from our beginner’s set, “Cross Pattern Plum Flower Set” (Sap Ji Mui Fa Kyun).

Various applications are performed by Michal Hink, senior disciple of Pavel Macek Sifu and the instructor of Practical Hung Kyun Gym Jihlava. Continue reading

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“Double Southern Knives vs. Spear” [Rare Videos]

Hung Ga Kyun Double Knives vs. Spear

Rare Hung Ga Kyun videos of “Double [Southern] Knives vs. Spear (Daan Dou Deui Cheung) from 2 different eras.

First video comes from one of the old black & white Wong Fei Hung movies (1949!). Notice that it is performed with long knives/short sabres – indeed, Hung Kyun “Double Knives” were originally a bit bigger than today’s commonly produced “Butterfly Knives”, eg. for Wing Cheun.  Continue reading

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You Either Win, Or You Learn: Practical Hung Kyun Gathering (Video)

You Either Win, Or You Learn: Practical Hung Kyun Gathering (Video)

Full contact sparring, weapon sparring (long and short weapons), bare-hands vs. armed assailant, reality-based self-defense scenarios – that is Practical Hung Kyun Gathering, a community event of our school, inspired by the Dog Brothers Gatherings.

Check out a video from the first PHK Gathering in one of our Czech branch schools, PHK Jihlava, led by my long-time student Michal Hink. Continue reading

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The World of Hung Kyun (Chinese Documentary with English Subtitles)

The World of Hung Kyun (Chinese Documentary with English Subtitles)

The World of Hung Kyun (Hung Kyun Tin Ha) featuring Grand Master Lam Chun Fai, his son Oscar Lam, and his disciples.

Grand Master speaks about Hung Ga history, his father Grand Master Lam Jou, and his Grand Uncle, Grand Master Lam Sai Wing, training in the old days and today, as well as various Hung Ga sets.  Continue reading

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