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Some Misconceptions of “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun)

Some Misconceptions of “Iron Thread Set" (Tit Sin Kyun)

There are a lot of stories on Tit Sin Kyun, the Iron Thread set, creating a mystic air. Some are nothing more than misconceptions and misinterpretations, partly because the Taoist holistic idea is not always easily translated into Western concepts.

This article will go into some often-heard misconceptions heard in the West and offers some references to other comparable current Western concepts. Continue reading

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A Key Phase of the Combat and Techniques That Might Decide Who Wins [Video]

Practical Hung Kyun Wrestling Techniques

TekDaSeutNa are four important Chinese martial arts keywords.

Do you know what they mean? 

If not, don’t worry, I will tell you in a second. But first read this. 

PHK focuses on three main phases of combat: Continue reading

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The Lam Family: Three Generations of Hung Kyun

Lam Family Hung Kyun

During the 20th century it is said that Hung, Lau, Choi, Lei, Mok were the five big Gung Fu styles of the Guangdong province. Different regions shaped distinctive styles of martial arts, like the Lung Ying Kyun, Southern Praying Mantis, Mok Ga Kyun of the Hakka minority in Eastern Guangdong. The area of Xinhui, Jiangmen, Yangjiang was dominated by Choi Lei Fat. In Chaoshan Choi Mok Kyun was the dominating style. In the martial arts schools as well as the martial arts culture of Guangzhou, Foshan and other big cities were influenced by external elements. Continue reading

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“Tiger & Crane Sparring Set” – Full Set Performed by Grand Master Lam Chun Sing [Video]

“Tiger & Crane Sparring Set” - Full Set Performed by Grand Master Lam Chun Sing

“Tiger & Crane Sparring Set” is without a doubt a signature sparring form of Lam Family Hung Kyun – true heritage of legendary Grand Master Lam Jou. It is also a favorite sparring set of my Sifu, Grand Master Lam Chun Sing. Many of the applications and combat techniques that my Sifu teaches are based on Fu Hok ChaakContinue reading

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Kungfu Men “Face Defeat”

Kungfu Men “Face Defeat”

This is not going to be the most popular post on our blog.

Nevertheless, if you are a Chinese martial arts practioner or teacher, you have to know, think, and act.

Here is a transcript of the newspaper article above:  Continue reading

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The 10 Sounds of “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun)

 "Iron Thread Set" (Tit Sin Kyun)

Tit Sin Kyun is the highest set in Hung Ga Kyun. Simply said, it’s a Five Elements “Internal Training” set that uses sounds that refer to emotions.

There is much more to Tit Sin Kyun, such as the “Twelve Bridge Arms” (Sap Yi Ji Kiu Sau) and its use in ground grappling/antigrappling, but we will not go into that here. Perhaps another article.
For now we will just focus on the sounds.

The sounds in Tit Sin Kyun are primal sounds, used for boosting the power/spirit on a technical level and for releasing mental and muscle tension. Continue reading

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“Tiger and Crane Sparring Set” (Fu Hok Deui Chaak)

“Tiger and Crane Sparring Set” (Fu Hok Deui Chaak)

Powerful strikes and blocks, lightning fast kicks, eye-catching sweeps and jumps – this is the most popular modern Hung Kyun sparring set called “Tiger and Crane Double Form Sparring Set” (Fu Hok Seung Ying Deui Chaak), also called Fu Hok Deui Chaak or just simply Fu Hok Chaak.

“Tiger and Crane Sparring Set” is actually not a new set, bud modification of old Lam Sai Wing’s “Taming the Tiger in Gung Pattern Sparring Set” (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Deui Chaak). It was developed by Grand Master Lam Jou, probably in late 1930’s or in 1940’s. “Tiger and Crane Sparring Set” blends traditional Hung Kyun training methods, such as “Bridge Hands” (Kiu Sau) sensitivity and conditioning, practical application, and performance. Continue reading

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Martial Arts Hacks 3: What You Should Practice, in What Order and How Often

Martial Arts Hacks 3: What You Should Practice, in What Order and How Often

Answers to the important questions that every martial artist should ask!

The second part of our installment got even more positive response than the first one – just wow.

I had to spend literally hours responding to all your emails. Scholars and warriors, thank you, I am very happy you found the practical examples and the short instructional videos useful, even though it is just a tip of proverbial (PHK curriculum) iceberg. Continue reading

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Martial Arts Hacks 2: If I Had Only Few of Minutes to Teach You Some Practical Skills, I Would Teach You…

3 Free Practical Hung Kyun Instructional Videos

3 aspects, 3 tips, 3 instructional videos with drills that you can immediately add to your training and became healthier, stronger, and more combat efficient.

Welcome in the second part of our installment!

Thank you for all the emails and messages (and even phone calls!) – we at PHK Headquarters got lots of positive feedback and interesting ideas, and even more questions.

The problems are many: Continue reading

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“Five Animals & Five Elements” (Ng Ying Ng Hang Kyun) aka Ten Forms Set (Sap Ying Kyun)

“Five Animals & Five Elements” (Ng Ying Ng Hang Kyun) aka Ten Forms Set (Sap Ying Kyun)

„Ten Forms Set“ (Sap Ying Kyun) aka „Five Animals and Five Elements“ (Ng Ying Ng Hang Kyun) belongs to the advanced sets of Hung Ga Kyun.

“Five Animals” part comes for the (pre-)Wong Fei Hung era, “Five Elements”  section was choreographed by Grandmaster Lam Sai Wing. Various old sources suggest that „Five Animals“ and „Five Elements“ were in the past 2 sets (or more probably series of techniques and combinations), which were joined together and re-choreographed.  Continue reading

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