Functional Self-Defense Sequence: Strike, Kick, Takedown, Choke [Video]

Functional Self-Defense Sequence: Strike, Kick, Takedown, Choke [Video]

“Combat Sequences” (Wui Hap) ar one of the best bridges between “Application Drills” (Saan Sau), various forms of sparring, and free fighting.

Wui Hap consist of more techniques – sometimes they are pre-arranged, sometimes more free, using a key training (and fighting!) principle called Bin Fa – “variation”, “change”, or “adaptation”.

Today’s video presents a short combat sequence, which contains all four main modes of the unarmed combat, i.e. kicks, strikes, throws, and submissions, in Chinese Tek, Da, Seut, NaContinue reading

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Pavel Macek Sifu on Attaining Balance, Practical Martial Arts and Being Strong [Podcast]

Pavel Macek Sifu on Attaining Balance, Practical Martial Arts and Being Strong - Podcast

Health, strength, and practical combat skills – these are some of the main themes of Robin Gamble Sifu’s Scholar-Warrior podcast with Practical Hung Kyun Chief Instructor, Pavel Macek Sifu.

Gamble Sifu’s motto of the podcast is simple:

“To become a Scholar Warrior is to become a truly balanced, cultured and cultivated person”

In this episode of the Scholar-Warrior podcast you find out how Pavel Macek Sifu: Continue reading

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Practical Hung Kyun Application of “Double Dragons Plays with Pearl”

Practical Hung Kyun Application of “Double Dragons Plays with Pearl”

You have seen it in the movies: Weird hand movement, supposedly imitating “Dragon Claws”, a fancy movie technique other martial arts or combat sports make fun of.  Until…

Check out a practical application of this seemingly “flowery” pattern called “Double Dragons Plays with Pearl” (Seung Lung Hei Jyu). Indeed it has a very practical combat usage, both in stand up fighting as well as on the ground.

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5 PHK Projects for 2017: Please Vote in the Poll!

5 PHK Projects for 2017: Please Vote in the Poll!

Scholars and Warriors, readers of our PHK blog, students, and fans!  

First of all, thank you very much for all your support in 2016. Our PHK blog remains the #1 Hung Ga Kyun website on the web.

In 2016, we have published almost 50 articles, and over 100 videos at your official PHK YouTube Channel (subscribe HERE). We have launched some new social media channels, such as PHK Instagram (subcribe HERE).

Moreover, in summer of 2016 we have launched our first two online PHK courses – Chinese Martial Arts: The Secrets of the Old Grandmasters, and our flagship instructional course, PHK Intro Kit: Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Martial Arts.

Both courses were a huge success – honestly, we where overwhelmed by the positive reception of the online instructional courses, and it has motived us to develop a follow up courses. 

We have many things in making. Some of the projects are in the stage of planning, some 50-80% finished, some almost done, like 95% done.

And this is where we need your help. The question is: AT WHAT PROJECT SHOULD WE AT PHK HEADQUARTERS FOCUS ON AND FINISH FIRST? Continue reading

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The Unique Skill of the Double Dragon Sabres

In the Hung Kyun collection of Mr. Lam Jou, one of the most classic weapon skill is “Double Dragon Sabre” (Seung Lung Dou), it is the set that master Lam Jou often performed in his time.

The predecessor of Seung Lung Dou has not been previously investigated. However, the pattern of this sword set is similar to  “Single Battle Sword” (Daan Pok Dou 單朴刀). Comparing Seung Lung Dou to Geui Chung Dou the former uses different kind of blades. It should also be pointed out that Seung Lung Dou and the Cantonese “Butterfly Knives” (Wu Dip Dou) have a different origin. So we can assume that Seung Lung Dou was created in the beginning of the 20th century when different martial art styles came together in Hong Kong, perhaps this set is a result of inter-exchange between areas and cultures, it is also Lam Jou’s mastery and comprehensive study of Northern and Southern martial arts. Continue reading

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Strength, Form, Application: Practical Hung Kyun Student’s Testing

Strength, Form, Application: Practical Hung Kyun Student's Testing

PHK tests are tough. You can’t “buy” the degrees, you will not get them for just taking part. The students have to show proficiency in 3 main aspect of PHK training: strength, form, and application. The standard is high.

Check out 3 videos from our recent student’s tests, beginner’s 1st Kap and 3rd Kap.

Third video shows our student Vašek, 66 years young gentleman, going through some 1st Kap tests. No excuses!  Continue reading

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Hung Kyun’s Traveler’s Staff [Rare Video of Full Set]

Hung Kyun's Traveler’s Staff

The Hang Je Pang is the only double-ended staff set of Lam Family Hung Kyun, it is a set that Lam Jou incorporated to the Lam Family Hung Kyun. The set originates from another style of martial art.

The specific origin of this set, the “Traveler’s Staff”, also known as the “Monkey Pole”, is not well known, some say that it comes from a Northern martial art, whereas some say that it comes from the “Monkey Fist” of Fujian. Regardless of its origin, Lam Jou did some changes to the original set. He made adjustments to the arrangements and techniques, so the “Traveler’s Staff” we know today has a classic Hung Ga flavor to it. Continue reading

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Tit Sin Kyun: Hung Kyun’s Internal Training Form

Simon Lam Chun Chung - Iron Wire Set (Tit Sin Kyun)

Tit Sin Kyun was a form passed down from Tit Kiu Saam (Iron Bridge Three), one of the ten tigers of Canton and a grandmaster of Hung Ga Kyun. The form was taught to Grandmaster Wong Fei Hung by Lam Fuk Sing, one of the students of Tit Kiu Saam.

Tit Sin Kyun is an internal form (Noi Gung 內功) of the Lam Ga Hung Kyun System. There is a common misconception that Tit Sin Kyun trains self defence techniques. Rather than solely training self defence techniques, Grandmaster Lam Chun Chung suggests that Tit Sin Kyun utilizes dynamic tension, breathing exercises and pronunciation of sounds to generate power in the practitioner’s bridge hands, improve rooting of the practitioner’s stance and improve the overall health of a practitioner by treating each of the five major organs of the human body (i.e. Liver, Heart, Spleen, Lungs and Kidneys). Continue reading

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Some Misconceptions of “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun)

Some Misconceptions of “Iron Thread Set" (Tit Sin Kyun)

There are a lot of stories on Tit Sin Kyun, the Iron Thread set, creating a mystic air. Some are nothing more than misconceptions and misinterpretations, partly because the Taoist holistic idea is not always easily translated into Western concepts.

This article will go into some often-heard misconceptions heard in the West and offers some references to other comparable current Western concepts. Continue reading

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A Key Phase of the Combat and Techniques That Might Decide Who Wins [Video]

Practical Hung Kyun Wrestling Techniques

TekDaSeutNa are four important Chinese martial arts keywords.

Do you know what they mean? 

If not, don’t worry, I will tell you in a second. But first read this. 

PHK focuses on three main phases of combat: Continue reading

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