Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Man, the Legend: Hung Ga Kyun Grandmaster Lam Cho (1910-2012)

Hung Ga Kyun Grand Master Lam ChoGrandmaster Lam Cho 林祖, patriarch of Lam Family Hung Kyun 林家洪拳, also known as Lam Gun Kau 林冠球, was born on the 1st month, 18th day, of the Chinese calendar year 4608 (February 27th, 1910), in the Southern Chinese province of Gwongdung 廣東, Naamhoi 南海 district, Ping Jau 平洲 village. Orphaned as a young child, he was brought up by his uncle, the famous martial arts master Lam Sai Wing 林世榮, a disciple of the legendary Wong Fei Hung 黃飛鴻. Lam Sai Wing treated the young Lam Cho as his very own son. Continue reading

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Practical Hung Kyun Fundamental Curriculum: Profundity in Simplicity

Practical Hung Kyun Fundamental Curriculum: Profundity in Simplicity

Practical Hung Kyun fundamental curriculum (1st and 2nd Kap) consists of 2 sets: „Cross Pattern Plum Flower Set“ (intro bare-handed set) and „Six and Half Point Long Pole“ (intro weapon set).

There are many reasons why our students start here: it is a fast and simple introductory program to practical self-defence, boxing and fencing, easy to master and immediately ready to use. However, the important point is not WHAT, but HOW. Continue reading

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Hung Ga Kyun Concepts: “Four Arrivals”, Part 1 – “Heart”

Hung Ga Kyun Concepts: “Four Arrivals”, Part 1 – “Heart”Hung Ga’s “Secret of Four Arrivals” (Sei Dou Ji  Bei), mentioned in the Grand Master Lam Sai Wing’s preface to his “Taming the Tiger in Gung Pattern” book (full translation available here), belong to the most important concepts of our art and Chinese martial arts in general.

Because many practioners either do not know the “Four Arrivals” at all, or do not understand them properly, I have decided to write a four part series, explaining the concepts, true meaning and their practical application one by one.

Part one is dedicated to Sam Dou, “Heart Arrival”. Continue reading

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Martial Arts Applications: Garbage In, Garbage Out

Martial Arts Applications: Garbage In, Garbage Out

Garbage in, garbage out (GIGO) in the field of martial arts or self-defence training refers to the fact that practitioners will unquestioningly process unintended, even nonsensical, input data (training methods, types of attacks, self-defence situations etc.  – “garbage in”) and produce undesired, often nonsensical, output (self-defence solutions, “garbage out”).

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Is Hung Kyun Slow? Grand Master Lam Jou Defeats the Challenger

Hung Ga Kyun Grand Master Lam ChoQuestion: Dear Sifu, thank you for all the great articles. I really appreciate all the interesting information you are publishing on your website.

I know you have spend a lot of time in China and Hong Kong, learning from your Sifu Lam Chun Sing. You were also fortunate to meet his father, legendary Grand Master Lam Cho. Can  you please share some story from the old times you have heard from the late Grand Master?

With respect

Damian C.

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Hung Ga of Dang Family Lineage

Since Dang Gam Tou, the Dang family has been famous in Canton for the Hap Ga style. Dang Lung was impressed by the style and thought it would suit his son because he was of small build. However Dang Lung was famous for his Hung Ga and was known as the ‘Canton Stick King’.

Dang Family Hung Ga

His Hung Ga had been taught to him by his father, Dang Wai Jong, who in turn learned from his own father, Dang Seui Cheung. Seui Cheung learned directly from Hung Hei Gwun. Thus the Dang Family has an unbroken tradition of Hung Ga directly from the founder of the system. Continue reading

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Perspectives on the Role of Practical Fighting in Chinese Martial Arts

Perspectives on the Role of Practical Fighting in Chinese Martial Arts

This is the first in a continuing series that I hope you will enjoy. If you don’t “enjoy” it, I hope at least it will motivate you to examine your practice.

My name is David Ross. For those who do not already know me, I began training in the Dang Fong lineage of Hung Ga, studied Shuai Jiao (Chinese wrestling), and eventually became the adopted (Baai Si) disciple of the late Chan Tai-San where I learned Lama Pai and some Choi Lei Fat from him for sixteen years. Continue reading

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Hung Ga Wrestling Techniques

Hung Ga Kyun Wrestling Takedown TechniquesQuestion: We know that traditional kung fu covert 4 aspects: striking, kicking, seizing, wrestling.

I practice wrestling with friends some time , and with my stance work (cat stance , horse stance and bow and arrow stance )I score most of the time even against high level Judoka ( they told me they don t understand how I move ). I take the time to root my feet to the ground and have low gravity center.

I want to know if you have made a reaserch about Hung Gar wrestling? If you have made a reaserch about it, are you going to make a article about it?

Thank you

Francis

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