“Double, Single and Black Tiger Claws” (Seung Daan Hak Fu Jaau), one of the Hung Kyun’s “Ten Unique Techniques” (Sap Duk Sau): 3 different conceptual techniques, changing one into another according to the needs and situation.
“Double Tiger” and “Single Tiger” usually attack the Upper/Middle Gate (Seung Mun/Jung Mun), “Black Tiger” (Upper and/or) Low Gate (Ha Mun). Continue reading →
One of the most typical weapons in Southern Chinese martial art styles are “Two Southern Knives” (Seung Naam Dou).
Names and the techniques of the double knives sets differ in various styles – “Butterfly Knives” (Wu Dip Seung Dou), “Human Character Knives”” (Yan Ji Dou), “Eight Cutting Knives” (Baat Jaam Dou), “Parallel Yin and Yang Life Taking Knives” (Yi Ji Yam Yeung Dyun Ming Dou) etc. Continue reading →
How to face your opponent? What kind of “Guard” (Baai Jong) or pre-fighting posture tu use? What type of “Guard” did our ancestors use?
My sifu told me that Wong Fei Hung had basically two “guards”. One of them is typical Hung Kyun posture called “Single Finger Bridge Hand” (Daan Ji Kiu Sau) – either in sideways “Four level Stance” (Sei Ping Baat Fan Ma) or sideways “Meridian Stance” (Ji Ng Ma), like in the beginning of “Seven Stars Continous Strikes” (Chat Sing Lin Waan Kau) combination, more Hap Ga like version. Continue reading →
“Double, Single and Black Tiger Claws” (Seung Daan Hak Fu Jaau) and its various combinations belong to seed techniques of our Pratical Hung Kyun combat arsenal. Fierce and ruthless mindset as well as practical usage and adaptability of “Tiger Form” (Fu Ying) fits very well with our pro-active and aggressive approach to self-defence.
For now some theory from the old masters – we bring you translation of number 61 from a “Tiger and Crane Double Form Set” book, written by Jyu Yu Jai, disciple of Grand Master Lam Sai Wing. It describes some of the principles od “Double Tiger Claws” (Seung Fu Jaau) and “Single Tiger Claws” (Daan Fu Jaau) as well as one of the possible applications of their combination: Continue reading →
Weapon techniques of the “Commander´s saber” come from Lam Sai Wing, the first patriarch of the Lam family Hung Kyun, who has learned it from a ex-military officer (read the story here). Lam Sai Wing has later used this unique form with a western type of weapon (a classical western saber!) in the Fukgin province army, where he worked as the Chief-Instructor for both bare-handed and weapon combat. Because these techniques were intended for the army and the field of battle, they are relatively easy to learn, remember and use. Cold weapons (especially sabers and “Big Sabres” Daai Dou) were still used in China during the World War II era. Continue reading →
Finger jabs, palm strikes, grabs and holds belong to the most practical techniques of our combative arsenal.
Some of them are basic, ready to go starting day 1 (ie. palm strikes), some of them take some more time to develop (ie. “Finger Jab” or “Crane Beak”).
Following old Hung Kyun poem, which we have discovered during our field research and training in Canton, describes so called “Hung Kyun’s Four Major Palm Techniques” (Sei Daai Jeung Faat) and their usage: Continue reading →
Terms Hung Ga, Hung Kyun, Hung Ga Kyun are used today as synonyms. It is perhaps better to speak about so called „Old Hung Kyun“ (Lou Hung Kyun,”Short Briges, Narrow Stances”), ie.pre-Wong Fei Hung, sometimes also called “Village Hung Kyun”, and „New/Modern Hung Kyun“ (San Hung Kyun, “Long Bridges, Wide Stances”), ie. after Wong Fei Hung, also called “Tiger and Crane Hung Kyun” (Fu Hok Hung Kyun).
According our research, there are many other lineages in China: “Opera Boats Hung Kyun” (Baan Jung Hung Kyun), “Five Animals Hung Kyun” (Ng Ying Hung Kyun), “Three Extensions Hung Kyun” (Saam Jin Hung Kyun), Laan Tau Ho’s Hung Kyun, “Flower Hung Kyun” (Fa Hung Kyun), Seung Dak Hung Kyun etc. We will introduce them in the future articles. Continue reading →
The most famous Hung Kyun set and perhaps the most famous set of Southern gungfu is the “Tiger and Crane Double Form Set”. The gungfu style of the Hung family, especially the lineage of Grand Master Wong Fei Hung, is often referred to as the „Tiger and Crane Hung Kyun“ (Fu Hok Hung Kyun) or “Tiger and Crane System” (Fu Hok Paai). Many masters consider Fu Hok Seung Ying to be a complete system on its own. As the famous gungfu saying goes: “Combination of Tiger and Crane has no enemy in the world!” (Fu Hok Hap Yat, Tin Ha Mou Dik). Continue reading →