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
Nobody played Wong Fei Hung better than the late Kwan Tak-Hing, wouldn’t you agree? Nobody. Nobody even comes close. And it does not matter that Kwan Sifu actually did not practiced Hung Ga Kyun, but (Tibetan) White Crane.
As we all know, Kwan Sifu played Wong Fei Hung in over 100 movies – first one was made in 1949, and the last one (with Kwan Tak-Hing as Wong Fei Hung) in 1981.
The rare footage below comes from one of last Kwan’s Wong Fei Hung called Wong Fei Hung & Ghost Foot Seven – in English known as The Magnificent Kick, made in 1980. Continue reading
Wong Fei Hung “once defeated a group of thirty men at the same time with a pole in hand”, says the “Tigress”, Madame Mok Gwai Laan, his last wife in the interview for Real Kung Fu magazine (available in Real Hung Kyun, the complete collection of all Hung Ga Kyun articles from Real Kung Fu).
We don’t know much details – his official biography from Fat Saan museum talks about incident in 1868 in Hong Kong harbor, where Wong Fei Hung defeated a local bully and about a dozen of the bad guy’s henchmen with a long pole. Continue reading