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 →
Super rare video! Mok Gwai Laan, Wong’s last wife, performs parts of Hung Ga Kyun’s “Taming of the Tiger in I pattern”, “Tiger and Crane” and Single Whip!
Apology for bad quality – we have shot this video in Fat Saan’s Wong Fei Hung museum from a TV screen. The Hong Kong Movie database says that Mok Gwai Laan starred in Story of Wong Fei-Hung, Part 3: The Battle by Lau Fa Bridge (1950), but I haven’t been able to confirm this footage comes from this movie. If true, she would be 59 or 60 years old. Continue reading →
Hung Ga’s “Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes” (Chat Sing Lin Waan Kau) is a famous “long Bridge” boxing combination from “Tiger & Crane Double Forms” Set. It was supposedly #7 of Wong Fei Hung’s „Ten Lethal Bare Hand Techniques“ (Sap Duk Sau).
The techniques of “Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes” are:
„Throw Balls in Waves“, also called “One Star Throwing Punch”
“Water Wawe Throwing Strike”, also called “Two Stars Throwing Punch”
„Whirlwind Smashes Waves“ , also called “Continuous Smashing and Covering”
“Great Immortal Lifts Pot”, also called “Continuous Lifting Uppercut”
“Thrust Punch from Sleeves”, also called “Arrow Punch Under Armpit”
Check out a rare video from an old Wong Fei Hung movie (1956) featuring this famous combo: Continue reading →