Super rare video! Mok Gwai Laan, Wong’s last wife, performs parts of Hung Ga Kyun’s “Taming of the Tiger in I pattern”, “Tiger and Crane” and Single Whip!
Apology for bad quality – we have shot this video in Fat Saan’s Wong Fei Hung museum from a TV screen. The Hong Kong Movie database says that Mok Gwai Laan starred in Story of Wong Fei-Hung, Part 3: The Battle by Lau Fa Bridge (1950), but I haven’t been able to confirm this footage comes from this movie. If true, she would be 59 or 60 years old.
Anyway, couple of interesting notes:
- Madame Mok performs “Greeting” (Gin Lai) before the beginning section of Gung Ji Fuk Fu, as shown e.g. in Jyu Yuk Jai’s book on Lam Sai Wing’s Tit Sin Kyun.
- As she is showing “Tiger and Crane Double Form” in the video, was the first section of “Taming the Tiger in Gung Pattern” (and “Five Animals”, and “Iron Thread”) originally also a part of “Tiger and Crane Double Form”?
- Instead of “Double Cutting Bridge” (Seung Chit Kiu), i.e. cutting forward, she does a smaller movement (Seung Tiu Kiu,“Double Lifting Bridge”?)
- Instead of commonly seen “Darting fingers” (Biu Chyun Sau) she does double chopping palms to the side
- 7th section of “Tiger Crane Double Form” – madame Mok uses chopping palm to the side after the “Single/Double Bow Thousand Character Hand” (Daan/Seung Gung Chin Ji Sau), chopping horizontaly with the same hand. Actually the order of the techniques is 1) Double Bow Thousand Character Hand” (Seung Gung Chin Ji) 2) “Single Bow Character Hand” (Daan Gung Chin Ji) 3) horizontal chop to the side, commonly known as “Horizontally Sweep Thousand Armies” (Waang Sou Chin Gan)
- Tiger Section: Just “Eight Tigers” instead of commonly seen “Ten Tigers”. All eight techniques to the corners. Jyu Yu Jai writes about “Eight Tiger” and “Eight Crane” techniques, so we have adopted this variation in our PHK version of “Tiger and Crane Double Form”.
- “Water Wave Casting Punch” (Seui Long Paau Cheui) is performed as in Hap Ga or Dang Fong lineage, i.e. with the thumb up.
- First two crane techniques are performed differently than in Lam Sai Wing’s lineage, without the “Side Body” (Pin Saan)
- Madame Mok does “Crane Wings” two times – we have adopted this variation in our PHK version of “Tiger and Crane Double Form” as well to have “Eight Crane Techniques”.
- The set differs a bit after the “Black Tiger Claw Method” (Hak Fu Jaau Faat) – Gwa Cheui Pek Cheui (or Sau Cheui) to Biu Jong Cheui?
- The end of the set was obviously shot twice.
- As for the single three-sectional whip, it is hard to say if madame Mok performs a random techniques or parts of the set, but all techniques are typical patterns from our three sectional whip set.
Anything else I did to notice, anything else you would like to add?
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Pavel Macek Sifu, Practical Hung Kyun
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