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Hung Ga vs. Wing Cheun: Differences and Similarities

Hung Ga vs. Wing Cheun: Differences and Similarities

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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“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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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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