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Practical Hung Kyun Curriculum

“The Five Animal, Five Element Boxing Set” of Hung Kyun Master Lam Sai Wing: Intro & Dragon Section [Part 1 of 10]

“The Five Animal, Five Element” aka “Ten Forms“ Boxing Set of Hung Kyun Master Lam Sai Wing: Intro & Dragon Section [Part 1 of 10]

In the Wong Fei Hung curriculum, three famous sets, the “Gung 工 Character Tiger Subduing Set” (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun 工字伏虎拳), the ““Tiger and Crane Twin Pattern Set”” (Fu Hok Seung Ying Kyun 虎鶴雙形拳), and the “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun 鐵線拳 ), are collectively known as “The Hung Kyun Three Treasures.” However, the “Ten Patterns Boxing Set” (Sap Ying Kyun 十形拳) was originally established by Lam Sai Wing, to revise and consolidate key portions of the curriculum as he had learned it from Wong Fei Hung.  Continue reading

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Hung Ga’s “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun) Combat Applications [VIDEO]

Hung Ga's "Iron Thread Set" (Tit Sin Kyun) Combat Applications

Tit Kiu Saam (“Iron Bridge” Three) was one of the best fighters of 19th century Southern China – one of the legendary “Ten Tigers of Gwong Dung”. He was famous for her “Bridges” (Kiu), firm stances (Ma)  and incredible strength, developed thanks to his “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun).

We don’t have much information about his other techniques, but if: Continue reading

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“Embroidery Legs”? Not If You Know How to Use this Kick [VIDEO]

"Embroidery Legs"? Not If You Know How to Use this Kick VIDEO

“Flowery fists, embroidery legs” is a popular Chinese saying, describing a “martial” art that looks good, but has no combat use.

Often this is indeed a truth – and it does not matter if it is modern or traditional style. In many other cases, technique that looks flowery may have a practical combat usage – it was just forgotten.  Continue reading

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The Mystery of Lam Sai Wing’s “Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes”

The Mystery of Lam Sai Wing's "Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes"

  • “Long Bridges” techniques in “Tiger Crane Double Form Set” (Fu How Seung Ying Kyun) come from “Buddhist Family Arhat Style/Set” (Fat Ga Lo Hon Kyun) – including the “Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes” (Chat Sing Lin Waan Kau)
  • Vast majority of “Five Elements” boxing techniques from the “Five Animals and Five Elements Set” (Ng Ying Ng Hang Kyun) are virtually the same as in today’s Hap Kyun
  • We have a photo of Lam Sai Wing, performing “Wing-Flap Hand” (Pok Yik Sau) technique, which is not found in any today’s Hung Kyun set. The article mentions “Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes” as one of the special methods of Wong Yan Lam’s disciple, Hap Kyun’s Wong Mun Wing (Wong Hon Wing) – read the article here
  •  …and now, we have acquired a rare article series about Lam Sai Wing’s “Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes [Set?]”, which btw. includes a drawing of the Pok Yik Sau – plus few other typical Hap Kyun techniques!

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Kwan Tak-Hing as Wong Fei Hung Performs Long Pole [VIDEO]

Kwan Tak-Hing as Wong Fei Hung Performs  Long Pole video

Long pole was one of Grandmaster Wong Fei Hung’s specialities. It is said that in 1859 he was together with his father Wong Kei Ying traveling through Gwong Dung province and giving martial arts performance  in various cities, such as Fat Saan, Canton and Seun Dak.

At that time – as a teenager! – he defeated famous master Jeng Dai Hung and his “Left Hand Fishing Pole” (Jo Sau Tiu Yu Gwan) by using techniques from the “Ng Long’s Eight Trigram Long Pole” (Ng Long Baat Gwa Gwan) and acquired a nickname “Young Hero”.  Continue reading

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Hung Kyun’s “Asking the Bridge” in MMA [VIDEO]

Hung Kyun’s “Asking the Bridge” in MMAConor McGregor using Hung Ga’s “Double Tiger Claw” – and Max Holloway is not exactly happy on the receiving end!

Well… no, Conor of course doesn’t practice Hung Kyun, he is a MMA fighter, and although the technique on the pic looks exactly like our “Double Tiger Claw” (Seung Fu Jaau), it is something else. Watch the fight again.

But… Continue reading

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Hung Ga Kyun’s “Rattan Ring”

Hung Ga Kyun's "Rattan Ring"

“Stance training, ‘Three Stars Conditioning’, kicking the pole, hitting the sandbag, and pulling the rattan ring”,” explained Mr. Yip. “The basic Hung Kyun drills we practiced when I was young. You practice these in your lineage, right?”

“Yes, we practice, except … pulling the rattan ring, I do not know this exercise!”

“Oh, you don’t? Then you MUST learn it, my friend!” Continue reading

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Box Dirty – Don’t Play Fair: 21 Tips

Box Dirty - Don't Play Fair: 21 Tips

Get the job done as quickly as possible, create the opportunity to escape, run – that’s our PHK reality-based self-defence game plan in case things go wrong, if you get involved in a fight.

We all know how different a real self-defence is from a sport – no rules, no referees, no weight classes, weapons and multiple opponents might be involved, etc.

To ilustrate some of the differences between sport and combatives, let’s check out an old chart of fouls from the Official Handbook of the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States, and compare it to what we do in PHKContinue 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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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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