“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 Chaak. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
„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 →
Grandmaster Lam Chun Fai has started writing his 3rd Hung Kyun book on “Iron Wire Fist” (Tid Sin Kyun). The targeted release date of this book will be announced in the fall. The Tid Sin Kyun is an advanced level set and it is not usually taught until the practitioner has many years of experience in Hung Kyun training. Continue reading →
One of the main PHK missions is practical usage of all skills that we learn and practice. We don’t stop at sets – we devote a significant amount of training to drills, application drills, strength and conditioning, and of course sparring.
PHK Gym Jihlava, led by Michal Hink, senior disciple of Pavel Macek Sifu, is an example to follow. Check out their new video of “Six and Half Point Long Pole” practice, which is a part of our 2nd Kap beginner’s program. Continue reading →
One of my fondest memories of my Sigung (師公), the Great-Grandmaster Lam Cho, was when he would put on his three-piece suit, pick up a newspaper, and take a brisk walk for lunch at his favorite restaurant, where he had a table reserved daily, between the hours of 1:00-2:30pm. On the occasion of one visit, in the early 1990’s, I had brought a variety of Chinese martial art books from my home in San Francisco, USA.
Arriving at Lam Kwoon (林館), Great-Grandmaster Lam Cho and my Sifu (師父), Grandmaster Lam Chunsing were ready to have lunch, and so we walked together, to Sigung’s restaurant, the old Joy Fook Lau Seafood Restaurant (彩福海鮮酒樓), on the fourth floor of the Pioneer Centre, 750 Nathan Road. On this particular day, I had brought the books with me, with the intention of discussing them with my Sifu. Continue reading →