Category Archives: Interviews

“The Five Animal, Five Element Boxing Set” of Hung Kyun Master Lam Sai Wing: Snake Section [Part 2 of 10]

“The Five Animal, Five Element Boxing Set” of Hung Kyun Master Lam Sai Wing: Snake Section [Part 2 of 10]

Whereas the dragon represents the spirit, the snake represents the Qi (氣), the breath, and circulation of energy within the human body. Sometimes referred to as a “little dragon,” the snake likewise speaks to the covert, and the unseen. 

The snake techniques are generally considered to be a bare-hand extrapolation of ancient spear technique, and as such exemplify the principle of, “defend with a circle; counter with a straight line.” The Hung Kyun maxim states, “hard counters the soft; soft controls the hard.” Thus, the snake’s hard bridging is manifest with rooted stance and iron force, heavy as a python’s coils, while it’s elusive twining, soft bridging action is unfelt until striking the vital points, venomous as a cobra’s touch. Continue reading

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“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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Interview with Donald Hamby Sifu, Tiger Crane School Los Angeles

Interview with Donald Hamby Sifu, Tiger Crane School Los Angeles

Donald Hamby Sifu started to train Hung Kyun in 1976 – the very same year I was born. Wow.

We always missed each other in Hong Kong – when I was there, Hamby Sifu wasn’t coming, when Hamby Sifu was going, I couldn’t. Damn.

My big brother Michael Goodwin kept telling me: “You need to meet Don, he is awesome, you need to me Don”.

And guess what – after all those years, we finally met! The legends didn’t lie – Don Hamby Sifu is BIG and STRONG – and in great shape. 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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Grand Master Lam Chun Sing in the Foshan TV [Video]

Lam Chun Sing

Grand Master Lam Chun Sing, the youngest son of the legendary Grand Master Lam Jou, grand nephew of Lam Sai Wing, in the Foshan TV!

The news report covers parts of various sets, such as “Taming the Tiger in Gung Pattern” (Gung Ji Fu Fu Kyun), “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun), “Long Halberd vs. Spear” (Daai Dou Deui Cheung), “Double Butterfly Knives” (Wu Dip Seung Dou), Dit Da medicine, and more!  Continue reading

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Pavel Macek Sifu on Attaining Balance, Practical Martial Arts and Being Strong [Podcast]

Pavel Macek Sifu on Attaining Balance, Practical Martial Arts and Being Strong - Podcast

Health, strength, and practical combat skills – these are some of the main themes of Robin Gamble Sifu’s Scholar-Warrior podcast with Practical Hung Kyun Chief Instructor, Pavel Macek Sifu.

Gamble Sifu’s motto of the podcast is simple:

“To become a Scholar Warrior is to become a truly balanced, cultured and cultivated person”

In this episode of the Scholar-Warrior podcast you find out how Pavel Macek Sifu: Continue reading

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Choose to be Flexible Steel!

Side split - Flexible Steel

While being a youngster doing martial arts of course I did a lot of stretching. Mostly it was ‘relax stretching’. I never was really flexible, but then again, it wasn’t really needed for Kempo and traditional Kungfu. Dynamically I could kick about the height of my head, and that was enough. Continue reading

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3 Tips from Charris van’t Slot Sifu & Short “Iron Thread Set” Demo

I have been in contact with Charris since late 1990’s. We were both enthusiastic about Hung Ga Kyun training and research, and finally met in 2000 in Germany.

Charris is one of the most senior European students of my Si Baak, Grand Master Lam Chun Fai, so whenever I see him again, I make sure to train with him and learn more about the way my Si Baak does things and teaches.  Continue reading

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Practical Hung Ga Kyun for Today’s World: Interview with Michael Goodwin Sifu [Video]

Practical Hung Ga Kyun for Today's World: Interview with Michael Goodwin Sifu [Video]

Usage of 3 basic kicks, rear Ping Cheui analysis, Saan Sau Bin Fa drills, Tit Sin Kyun‘s combat applications, practical usage of 2-man sets, and more and more – I learned so much just in few hours with my Si Hing Michael Goodwin Sifu of The San Francisco Hung Gar Kung Fu Association.

Watch an excellent interview with Michael Goodwin Sifu, my good friend and in my opinion the best non-Chinese Hung Ga Kyun master out there. Throughout the years I have learnt so much from him and I hope I will learn more of his practical skills in the future.

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Gung Fu in the Heart of Europe: Hung Kyun, Wing Chun & Mantis Documentary (Streaming + Free Download)

Gung Fu in the Heart of Europe

Watch an excellent Chinese martial arts documentary featuring 3 Gung Fu schools from the heart of Europe, Prague, Czech republic:

  • Practical Hung Kyun of Pavel Macek Sifu
  • Wing Chun of Ivan Rzounek Sifu
  • Praying Mantis, Tiger Claw and Taijiquan of George Hušek Sifu

You will learn about various aspects of traditional Chinese martial arts training: Fighting and self-defense, strength and conditioning, health and personal development. Continue reading

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