Jyu Yuk Jai’s Tiger Crane Double Form book was the first “Lam Sai Wing’s” manual ever published.
112 drawings of Grand Master Lam Sai Wing, poetical 4 character names for all of the techniques, detailed description of the set, as well as combat sequences.
For all of us Hung Ga Kyun practitioners today it is a rich source of useful and interesting information, but – we should not forget that Jyu Yu Jai was mainly novelist who helped to popularize the Wong Fei Hung’s lineage, although he did learn from Lam Sai Wing and taught the art of Hung Kyun. Not all information is 100% reliable.
During the years of research we have identified some mistakes and inaccuracies in the original Fu Hok Seung Ying manual.
We would like to share 5 examples in today’s article.
As clearly seen on the drawing, it is not the “Iron Broom Sweeping Leg” (Tit Sou Ba Geuk), but “Butterfly Palms”. The picture got mixed up with picture #104 (see below).
“Monkey Steals the Peach” (Hau Ji Tau Tou) is altogether different technique – the one on the left (source: Essence of Boxing manual). The one on the drawing left, as well as in the set, is called “Fierce Tiger Ascends Mountain” (Maang Fu Seung Saan).
#98 (and #108)
It is hard to push a mountain with one hand right, don’t you think? “Fierce Tiger Pushes Mountain” (Maang Fu Teui Saan) is actually #108. The technique on the left is called “Meridian Stance, Single Tiger” (Ji Ng Daan Fu), and it is already found in “Taming the Tiger in Gung Pattern” (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun), just before the “Tiger Tail Kick”.
Left drawing: Not “Z-Character Butterfly Palms” (Ji Ji Dip Jeung), but actually the first part of the “Hook and Spring Kick Method” (Kau Taan Geuk Faat), #90 (right drawing). Some lineages perform it exactly as Grand Master Lam on the drawing, i.e. stepping behind the opponent leg just before the push and sweep.
Does it look like scratching the sand? Of course not. “Fierce Tiger Scratches Sand” (Maang Fu Pa Sa) is the technique after. The technique on the drawing is called as we already know “Fierce Tiger Pushes Mountain” (Maang Fu Teui Saan).
These were just fwe examples.
The message? Study the old resources – but with a critical eye.
Pavel Macek Sifu, Practical Hung Kyun
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