Today I would like to share my thoughts concerning the differences and similarities between Wing Cheun (Yip Jing and Yun Kei Saan lineage) and Hung Kyun (Lam Family lineage). In the first place, please note that it is not the intention of this article to assert whether these excellent arts are superior to one another or to any other styles of martial arts. My intention is to explore the similarities and differences between the two arts so as to expand knowledge and understanding of these arts.
Having trained in Wing Cheun for more than 20 years and Hung Kyun for nearly 10 years, it is quite clear despite some fundamental differences that both of these excellent arts have, they also share a number of similarities. Continue reading
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- “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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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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Wong Moon Toy’s ancestral home is Leung Dung, Saam Se, Toi Saan, Gwong Dung province. He is forty-three years old now. Already from an early age he liked sports very much and learned Northern Chinese martial arts from Lau Juk Fung, a student of Fok Yun Gaap (Huo Yuan Jia). Continue reading
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“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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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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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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A young kid wanted to learn from a famous martial artist. He was poor, and could not afford the regular lessons.
The Master felt sorry for him, so he told him: “Before I accept you as my student, I want you to do following thing: When you go through the bamboo forest on your way from you work and back to your village, I want you sweep the bamboos with your legs, left and right.” Continue reading
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Power jabs, finger jabs, uppercuts, hammer fist groin strikes – right leg forward, right hand striking: that is our beginner’s PHK form “Cross Pattern Plum Blossom Set” (Sap Ji Mui Fa Kyun) in a nutshell.
Why right lead, so called “southpaw stance”?
Mark Hatmaker, of the proponents of southpaw guard, observes that there are more “deliberate southpaws” in today’s MMA (about 40%) than in boxing (about 10%), and explains his reasons why: Continue reading
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Man Mou Seung Chyun means “Scholar and Warrior” in Cantonese. It is an old Chinese ideal of a gentleman who can use skilfully both his brush and sword.
After well received book on Lama Paai Gung Fu (review HERE), dedicated to both history and technical curriculum of so called “Tibetan” styles of Chinese martial arts, David A. Ross Sifu of New York San Da brought us practical oriented textbooks of combined old and new methods, bringing the skills of traditional martial arts into the 21 century.
In his latest book, long awaited Chinese Martial Arts: A Historical Outline, he has tackled another difficult task – to present the true history of Chinese Gung Fu. And again, he does excellent job. Continue reading
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