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Check out TOP 18 PHK Articles and Win a Free Item from Our Shop!

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History, philosophy and practical application of Hung Ga Kyun – over 200 articles!

Here is the selection of 18 most popular articles published at our Practical Hung Kyun Blog – some of them have tens of thousands of views!  Continue reading

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Can You Defend Yourself Against the Most Common Types of Real-Life Street Attacks?

Can You Defend Yourself Against the Most Common Types of Real-Life Street Attacks?

PHK’s “Eighteen Application Drills” (Sap Baat Saan Sau, SBSS) is a series of 18 unarmed self-protection techniques and short combat sequences, covering all 3 ranges/phases.

Sap Baat Saan Sau is a mandatory program for all our PHK beginners (1st Kap).

SBSS’s philosophy can be described as:

“Set of personal combat principles applied to an intentionally limited number of simple self-defence fighting skills that are easily recalled under duress and able to be linked, creating short combative sequences.”

(Modern combatives expert Kelly McCann). Continue reading

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The Essence of the Southern Fists: “Make Friends through the Practice of Martial Arts”

Essence of the Southern Fists: "Make Friends through the Practice of Martial Arts"

The best of Southern Chinese martial arts, reality-based self-defence, and combat sports – a truly unique event!

Hung Kyun, Hap Kyun, Wing Cheun, Choi Lei Fat, MMA – traditional and modern styles – all of that at our 16th PHK Camp, who should be this year rather called Naam Kyun Jing Wa Camp, “Essence of the Southern Fists”. Continue reading

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Legends of the Old Hung Ga Kyun Masters: Lau Jaam

The Story of Hung Ga Kyun Grandmaster Lau Jaam

Cantonese martial art Master Mr. Wong Fei Hung, among his inheritors, there were two famous names, one being verified as Leung Fun, and the next was apparently Mr. Lau Jaam. They both as known-brave and skillful in fighting, outstanding in the Wong Fei Hung. Leung Fun died early, and Lau Jaam healthy and still alive. In martial art Lau was in no way weaker than Leung. They treated Lau as junior to Leung. But actually Lau was not learning from Wong Fei Hung, instead he was the pupil of Lam Sai Wing.

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“Tiger Father Begets Tiger Son”: Happy Hung Kyun Father’s Day!

“Tiger Father Begets Tiger Son”: Happy Hung Kyun Father’s Day!

Happy Hung Kyun Father’s Day!

Do you know who’s is this kid?

And who’s his real father? (Hint: A well known Hung Ga Kyun master!) Continue reading

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Wong Fei Hung & Ghost Foot Seven

Wong Fei Hung & Ghost Foot Seven (Kwan Tak-Hing)

Nobody played Wong Fei Hung better than the late Kwan Tak-Hing, wouldn’t you agree? Nobody. Nobody even comes close. And it does not matter that Kwan Sifu actually did not practiced Hung Ga Kyun, but (Tibetan) White Crane.

As we all know, Kwan Sifu played Wong Fei Hung in over 100 movies – first one was made in 1949, and the last one (with Kwan Tak-Hing as Wong Fei Hung) in 1981.

The rare footage below comes from one of last Kwan’s Wong Fei Hung called Wong Fei Hung & Ghost Foot Seven – in English known as The Magnificent Kick, made in 1980. Continue reading

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Chinese Boxing, Kickboxing, or Boxkicking?

Chinese Boxing, Kickboxing, or Boxkicking?

One of the worst misconception in CMA is that CMA sparring and fighting needs to look different than [fill in any other art or combat sport]. What works looks surprisingly very similar – and what does not work looks very different.

Guess what – one of the frequently used idioms for martial arts was Kyun Seut, lit. “Art of the Fist”, or Kyun Faat, “Fist Methods”, i.e. “boxing” or “pugilism”.

Another old idiom for martial arts was Kyun Geuk, lit. “Fists & Legs” – basically kickboxing, just the other way round, “boxkicking”. Of course CMA cover also other modes of attack, such as elbow strikes, palm strikes, finger pokes, throws, grabs, joint locks, weapons, etc., but the message is clear – punching and kicking – “boxing” or “boxkicking” – is the foundation.

So – any time I hear “it is just kickboxing”, I wanna punch or kick the guy.
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Mount: One of the Worst Ground Fighting Situations and How to Get Our of It

You got knocked down or taken down, and now the adversary is sitting on you and giving you bad beating.

In the positional hierarchy it is one of the worst positions – and if you instinctively roll to your belly, you will get even to worst position. You will not seen adversary’s incoming punches, or you will get choked out.

This is how it looks in in real, on the street. Warning – violent video! Continue reading

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Chinese Martial Arts, Please Wake Up! [3 Videos]

Chinese martial arts vs. MMA

You have probably seen the MMA fighter vs. Taiji “fighter” challenge match. Defeat in 10 seconds.  Are you surprised? We are not.

People say that the Taiji guy does not represent Taijiquan or Chinese martial arts in general.

You know what? He represents all CMA bullshit, all that is with Chinese martial arts wrong. 99% of today’s CMA martial artists would end up exactly the same. 

This is a video of the fight. Continue reading

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Chinese Martial Arts in MMA: First PHK Fighter in the Cage, First Victory [Video]

Chinese Martial Arts in MMA: First PHK Fighter in the Cage, First Victory

Jakub Simon (PHK Gym Jihlava) fought in his first MMA fight at MMAA Arena Cup. First PHK fighter in MMA cage (and as far as we know, first Chinese martial arts fighter in Czechia in MMA), first victory!

Please check out the video of the fight below.  Continue reading

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