Kungfu Men “Face Defeat”

Kungfu Men “Face Defeat”

This is not going to be the most popular post on our blog.

Nevertheless, if you are a Chinese martial arts practioner or teacher, you have to know, think, and act.

Here is a transcript of the newspaper article above:  Continue reading

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The 10 Sounds of “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun)

 "Iron Thread Set" (Tit Sin Kyun)

Tit Sin Kyun is the highest set in Hung Ga Kyun. Simply said, it’s a Five Elements “Internal Training” set that uses sounds that refer to emotions.

There is much more to Tit Sin Kyun, such as the “Twelve Bridge Arms” (Sap Yi Ji Kiu Sau) and its use in ground grappling/antigrappling, but we will not go into that here. Perhaps another article.
For now we will just focus on the sounds.

The sounds in Tit Sin Kyun are primal sounds, used for boosting the power/spirit on a technical level and for releasing mental and muscle tension. Continue reading

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Lam Family Hung Kyun: About Carrying the Tradition Forward and Innovation

Family and lineage have been important values in Chinese history since ancient times. In other words, the family shrines have been important symbols. Its position within the community can be compared to a church in Western countries, a place for religion and belief. The comparison between western churches and Chinese family shrines can be applied to physical education, traditional Chinese martial arts have been taught from one generation to the next and developed during that process. This kind of passing knowledge from one generation to the next is common in traditional Chinese culture. In this tradition, family bloodline has been an important aspect. All the famous South Chinese martial arts, Hung, Lau, Choy, Lei, Mok, are all surnames. Thus, the development of martial arts have been inherited from one generation to the next which has given each category a specific features. Some varieties of martial arts have kept their knowledge within their families and they have not been allowed to teach outsiders. Continue reading

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Choose to be Flexible Steel!

Side split - Flexible Steel

While being a youngster doing martial arts of course I did a lot of stretching. Mostly it was ‘relax stretching’. I never was really flexible, but then again, it wasn’t really needed for Kempo and traditional Kungfu. Dynamically I could kick about the height of my head, and that was enough. Continue reading

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Legends of the Old Hung Ga Kyun Masters: “Iron Bridge Three” Tit Kiu Saam

Legends of the Old Hung Ga Kyun Masters: "Iron Bridge Three" Tit Kiu Saam

Everyone says that Hung style, Lau style, Choi style, Lei style and Mok style are five famous styles in Southern Chinese martial arts. Among these, the Hung style has the most disciples. In the past fifty or sixty years, the Hung style exponents such as Wong Fei Hung, Lam Sai Wing, Taam Man and others have become famous among younger practitioners in Southern China. Continue reading

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“Tiger and Crane Sparring Set” (Fu Hok Deui Chaak)

“Tiger and Crane Sparring Set” (Fu Hok Deui Chaak)

Powerful strikes and blocks, lightning fast kicks, eye-catching sweeps and jumps – this is the most popular modern Hung Kyun sparring set called “Tiger and Crane Double Form Sparring Set” (Fu Hok Seung Ying Deui Chaak), also called Fu Hok Deui Chaak or just simply Fu Hok Chaak.

“Tiger and Crane Sparring Set” is actually not a new set, bud modification of old Lam Sai Wing’s “Taming the Tiger in Gung Pattern Sparring Set” (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Deui Chaak). It was developed by Grand Master Lam Jou, probably in late 1930’s or in 1940’s. “Tiger and Crane Sparring Set” blends traditional Hung Kyun training methods, such as “Bridge Hands” (Kiu Sau) sensitivity and conditioning, practical application, and performance. Continue reading

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Hung Ga Kyun’s Wooden Dummy: Grand Master Chan Hon Chung [Rare Video]

Hung Ga Kyun's Wooden Dummy: Grand Master Chan Hon Chung

Does Hung Ga Kyun have a Wooden Dummy (Muk Yan Jong)? The answer is – it depends.

We have already revealed a traditional Hung Ga Kyun Wooden Dummy in one of our previous articles… kind of, so our regular readers already know.

Let us expand the answer: If a Hung Ga practitioner uses whatever Wooden Dummy, it becomes Hung Kyun Muk Yan Jong. Folks, it is a tool, and if used correctly, it might be very useful tool, not only to condition your palms, fists, and “Bridge Hands” (Kiu Sau). Continue reading

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3 Tips from Charris van’t Slot Sifu & Short “Iron Thread Set” Demo

I have been in contact with Charris since late 1990’s. We were both enthusiastic about Hung Ga Kyun training and research, and finally met in 2000 in Germany.

Charris is one of the most senior European students of my Si Baak, Grand Master Lam Chun Fai, so whenever I see him again, I make sure to train with him and learn more about the way my Si Baak does things and teaches.  Continue reading

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“Five Animals & Five Elements” (Ng Ying Ng Hang Kyun) aka Ten Forms Set (Sap Ying Kyun)

“Five Animals & Five Elements” (Ng Ying Ng Hang Kyun) aka Ten Forms Set (Sap Ying Kyun)

„Ten Forms Set“ (Sap Ying Kyun) aka „Five Animals and Five Elements“ (Ng Ying Ng Hang Kyun) belongs to the advanced sets of Hung Ga Kyun.

“Five Animals” part comes for the (pre-)Wong Fei Hung era, “Five Elements”  section was choreographed by Grandmaster Lam Sai Wing. Various old sources suggest that „Five Animals“ and „Five Elements“ were in the past 2 sets (or more probably series of techniques and combinations), which were joined together and re-choreographed.  Continue reading

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Announcement from Grand Master Lam Chun Fai: “Iron Wire Fist” (Tid Sin Kyun) Book + DVD Project

Announcement from Grand Master Lam Chun Fai: "Iron Wire Fist" (Tit Sin Kyun) Book + DVD Project

Grandmaster Lam Chun Fai has started writing his 3rd Hung Kyun book on “Iron Wire Fist” (Tid Sin Kyun). The targeted release date of this book will be announced in the fall. The Tid Sin Kyun is an advanced level set and it is not usually taught until the practitioner has many years of experience in Hung Kyun training.  Continue reading

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