„Ten Forms Set“ (Sap Ying Kyun) aka „Five Animals and Five Elements“ (Ng Ying Ng Hang Kyun) belongs to the advanced sets of Hung Ga Kyun.
“Five Animals” part comes for the (pre-)Wong Fei Hung era, “Five Elements” section was choreographed by Grandmaster Lam Sai Wing. Various old sources suggest that „Five Animals“ and „Five Elements“ were in the past 2 sets (or more probably series of techniques and combinations), which were joined together and re-choreographed. Continue reading →
“Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don’t forget to breathe, very important.”
Do you remember? I hope you do. And if you don’t know what I am talking about, please do me a favor, and watch (the original) Karate Kid movie series. 1980’s, I know, I know, but still worth watching it.
Mr. Miyagi, portrayed by late Pat Morita – who by the way didn’t know any Karate at all – is definitely a Master we all dreamed of as kids. Or not, especially if you want to learn kicks and strikes, but instead a martial arts school it seems you joined an home improvement company. Continue reading →
One of the main PHK missions is practical usage of all skills that we learn and practice. We don’t stop at sets – we devote a significant amount of training to drills, application drills, strength and conditioning, and of course sparring.
PHK Gym Jihlava, led by Michal Hink, senior disciple of Pavel Macek Sifu, is an example to follow. Check out their new video of “Six and Half Point Long Pole” practice, which is a part of our 2nd Kap beginner’s program. Continue reading →
Wong Kei Ying’s “Small Deception-Kick” (Gwai Ji Geuk), commonly called the “Shadowless Kick”, includes the “Yin-Lifting Kick” (Liu Yam Geuk), “Court-Sweeping Leg” (Sou Tong Geuk), “Propping-Rooster Leg” (Chang Gaai Geuk), and “Single-Standing Golden Rooster Leg” (Gam Gaai Duk Laap Geuk). Because issuing such a counter is so extremely fast that the opponent is unable to detect a shadow, these skills are therefore called the “Shadowless Kicks” (Mou Ying Geuk). Continue reading →
Jyu Yuk Jai’s Tiger Crane Double Form book was the first “Lam Sai Wing’s” manual ever published.
112 drawings of Grand Master Lam Sai Wing, poetical 4 character names for all of the techniques, detailed description of the set, as well as combat sequences.
For all of us Hung Ga Kyun practitioners today it is a rich source of useful and interesting information, but – we should not forget that Jyu Yu Jai was mainly novelist who helped to popularize the Wong Fei Hung’s lineage, although he did learn from Lam Sai Wing and taught the art of Hung Kyun. Not all information is 100% reliable.
During the years of research we have identified some mistakes and inaccuracies in the original Fu Hok Seung Ying manual. Continue reading →
A challenge match, no rules! US Green Beret vs. Peruvian Special Forces officer.
Green Beret (practitioner of Kung Fu San Soo) ends the fight immediately using one of the typical PHK techniques called “Tiger Springs on Railing” (Fu Pok Laan Saan), which can be found in our “Cross Pattern Plum Flower Set” (Sap Ji Mui Fa Kyun) or “Taming the Tiger in Gung Pattern Set” (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun).
Check out the video, which also shows the technique performed by my Sifu, Grand Master Lam Chun Sing. 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 →
4 “secret” keywords of Mui Fa Kyun are “Advance, Retreat, Attack, Defense”. Notice the order of importance.
The set teaches basic boxing skills in the south paw guard of the ancient Siu Lam box, i.e. – for the majority of people – with the dominant right hand in the front, using mainly straight punches (Ping Cheui), uppercuts (Tung Tin Cheui), hammer fists (Pek Cheui) and right leg kicks. Continue reading →