“Tiger and Crane Double Form” (Fu Hok Seung Ying), second of so called „Three Treasures of Hung Kyun“ (Hung Kyun Saam Bou), is almost synonymous with today’s “modern” Hung Ga.
Wong Fei Hung lineage of Hung Kyun is often reffered to as „Tiger and Crane Hung Kyun“ (Fu Hok Hung Kyun) in Southern China, as well as simply „Tiger Crane System“ (Fu Hok Paai).
One of Lam Sai Wing’s nicknames was “Mr. Tiger and Crane” (Fu Hok Sing Saang); according to one of the apocryphal legends, tiger and crane appeared at the the door of Lam family household when Grand Master Lam was born. Continue reading
Lam Sai Wing’s disciple Jyu Yu Jai often quotes 4 character mnemonic: “Fists, Kicks, Knives and Long pole” (Kyun, Geuk, Dou, Gwan), summarizing the essence of Southern Chinese martial arts.
Popular Southern Chinese martial arts saying goes: “Barefisted techniques are the seed, long pole is the master, double knives are father and mother.” (Kyun Wai Jung, Gwan Wai Si, Seung Dou Wai Fu Mou). Continue reading
A typical self-defense class: If the opponent does this, i do this, if he does that, i do that… You know what i mean, right? Right?
Well, let us examine little bit different view on reality-based “self-defense”, (Practical) Hung Kyun way.
Jyu Yu Jai writes in his book on Lam Sai Wing’s “Taming of the Tiger in Gung Pattern” (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun), #67:
“Curl and Fist [strike]” (Yat Chau Yat Kyun) technique: Regardless what technique [the opponent uses], i use “Curl and Strike” (Yat Chau Yat Cheui) pattern. This fist [technique is called] “Wood-Clamping Strike Combination” (Lin Waan Gaap Muk Cheui) with left and right advancing steps.
The important keywords to note are: Continue reading
Question: Why do we use and when should we use the corresponding sounds for each animal and technique in a form?
Is there a deeper meaning? Is there a rhythm we should follow, or should we use a couple of sounds every so often?
Answer: Shouting sounds is one of the typical features of southern Chinenese martial arts – “Crying out lout, making sounds” (Fu Hok Jok Seng in Cantonese). For example, in Fat Saan Hung Sing Choi Lei Fat they use “Yik!” for strikes, “Wa!” for claws and “Tek!” for kicks.
In our Hung Kyun basic sets, we usually use “Hei!”, “Hai!” or “Hit!” for strikes, “Wa!” for Tiger Claws. Other lineages use other sounds as well, for example “Sss!” for snake finger thrusts. Continue reading