Hon Hoi belongs to the older generation of Lam Sai Wing’s Hong Kong students, together with Jyu Yu Jai (author of three so called “Lam Sai Wing’s” books), Dang Sau King, Lau Jaam,and others. He has started to learn from Grand Master Lam at his String Lane (Gung Wan Hong) gym, close to the Bamboo Hill.
The main reasons why Hon Hoi started to learn Hung Kyun under Lam Sai Wing were general fitness, strength, and health. He had a well payed job in telecommunications, but has spent too much sitting. He has heard about the famous “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun) and the excellent results in strengthening the body and healing diseases from other students of Lam Sai Wing, like Jyu Yu Jai and Wu Lap Fung – it was one of the main reasons why he joined Lam Sai Wing§s gym and eventually learned and mastered the set.
Hon Hoi became healthy and strong, and decided to explore the combat aspect of Hung Kyun as well. During next few years he has learned “Taming the Tiger in Gung Pattern” (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun), “Tiger and Crane Double Form Set” (Fu Hok Seung Ying Kyun), “Five Animals & Five Elements Set” (Ng Ying Ng Hang Kyun), as well as weapon sets – “Spring and Autumn Big Halberd” (Cheun Chau Daai Dou), “Si Family Spear” (Si Ga Cheung), “Yiu Family Trident” (Yiu Ga Daai Ba), “Ng Long’s Eight Trigram Long Pole” (Ng Long Baat Gwa Gwan), “Circling Moon Knives” (Hang Yut Dou) and other weapons.
Because of his full time job, Hon Hoi didn’t learn Dit Da from Lam Sai Wing, and didn’t teach until the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, when the Japanese took over the company he worked for. Hon Hoi secretly fled to Macau, and started to work in export, buying goods in Macau and exporting them to Hok Saan in Gwong Dung. Because of the Japanese and mainland China gangsters, it was a very dangerous job.
Famous Northern Praying Mantis teacher Jiu Juk Kai (1900-1991, commonly spelled as Chiu Chuk Kai) has opened an athletic centre in Macau and started to teach Bak Paai Tong Long Kyun. Knowing that Hon Hoi is a disciple of famous Lam Sai Wing, skillful both in the internal and external skills, he has invited Hon Sifu to teach in the newly established gymnasium. Hon Hoi happily agreed and quit the dangerous transport business. He started to teach both Southern Hung Kyun and lion dance.
After the Japanese occupation ended, Hon Hoi has returned to Hong Kong and to his old job. Because he had 10 children, he had to work really hard to support his family. Because many of his Si Hing Dai, like Jyu Yu Jai, Lam Jou, Lau Jaam, Lung Wing Haang, Dang Fong and others were very active in the martial arts world, he didn’t open his own school and didn’t teach Hung Kyun at that time.
Hon Hoi’s “Health Protecting Qi Gong” (Bou Gin Hei Gung)
After he retired and grow older, he didn’t practice the Hung Kyun sets anymore, but started to walk and hike a lot in the Hong Kong’s mountains. All his friends knew that he was a Hung Kyun master and have asked him to teach them some Gung Fu. Because he felt that the traditional sets were too long and difficult, he has developed a short form of soft exercises called “Health Protecting Qi Gong” (Bou Gin Hei Gung) to teach his friends. Hon Hoi’s set of gentle, internal exercises exercises is still popular in Hong Kong nowadays, as well as various Hung Kyun lineages.
Note: The article is based on old New Martial Hero article called “Hon Hoi, Emphasizing Morning Walk for 20 Years”.
Intro Photo: Courtesy of World Hung Kuen Association.
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