During the 20th century it is said that Hung, Lau, Choi, Lei, Mok were the five big Gung Fu styles of the Guangdong province. Different regions shaped distinctive styles of martial arts, like the Lung Ying Kyun, Southern Praying Mantis, Mok Ga Kyun of the Hakka minority in Eastern Guangdong. The area of Xinhui, Jiangmen, Yangjiang was dominated by Choi Lei Fat. In Chaoshan Choi Mok Kyun was the dominating style. In the martial arts schools as well as the martial arts culture of Guangzhou, Foshan and other big cities were influenced by external elements. 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
My Sifu told me that the “oldtimers” always squeezed the fists hard when training the sets for strength, slowly, each movement one by one. Think Jai Kiu, “Controlling Bridge” in “Taming the Tiger” or “Iron Thread”.
Old time Masters also used many other devices to train the grip – jars, bundle of chopsticks, stone locks, head long poles – grip strength was obviously very important to them.
To train the grip is a very demanding endeavor not only for your hands and fingers, but your CNS as well, so it is advise to have a long rest between the “sets”. Best would to train the trip throughout the day – but it is not very practical to carry a jar, a brick, not to mention a stone lock or a heavy long pole….
Grand Master Lam Sai Wing had a secret weapon against the (hand) weakness in his sleeve – literally. Continue reading
Practical Hung Kyun proudly presents new discovery – rare photo of Grand Master Lam Sai Wing, performing a technique from the famous “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun).
The photo comes from a cover of an old martial arts pulp stories magazine “King of the Martial Arts Stories”, published in 1952. Credit and special thanks to Mr. Ng Hou for sharing the photo. We will restore the photo with the modern photo editing software and share it with all Hung Ga practitioners and researchers. Continue reading
Today’s Hung Ga Kung Fu, also known as “New Hung Kyun” (San Hung Kyun), was signifacantly influenced by another Southern Chinese system, (Tibetan) Hap Ga and its “Long Bridges, Low/Wide Stances” (Cheung Kiu Daai Ma).
Here is a translation of a rare article from an old vintage Hong Kong magazine, telling the story of Wong Yanlam, his mischievous disciple Wong Honwing and their famous “Wing Flap” technique:
“Art of the Iron Head” (Tit Tau Gung) is one of the special hard skills (Ying Ging) of Siu Lam martial arts. The training methodology consists of various methods of strengthening the neck, as well as conditioning the head and hitting various hard surfaces. But as we see in this story, it was no match for Hung Ga Kyun’s “No Shadow Kick” (Mou Ying Geuk).
One of the most famous monasteries in Canton, with extensive martial arts history, is called Hoi Tung Ji. It is said that Ji Sin Sim Si was hiding in Hoi Tung monastery and secretly taught Luk A Choi. Tit Kiu Saam has spend some time in Hoi Tung monastery as well, exchanging various fighting skills with the martial monks. Even in Wong Fei Hung’s times, martial arts were still practiced within the walls of the monastery. Continue reading
Question: I have heard that Grand Master Lam Sai Wing has taught in the army. Is it true? Can you please give some examples of simple Hung Gar bare-hand combat techniques, which could be use in unarmed combat situation in the army or on the street today?
Answer: It is well documented that Wong Fei Hung, Lam Sai Wing (and various other Hung Ga Kyun Masters) taught martial arts in the army.
Wong Fei Hung served his duty under famous army commanders Lau Wing Fuk, Ng Chyun Mei and Tong Ging Sung, Lam Sai Wing under Lei Fuk Lam and Chan Jai Tong. (You can find out more in the intro parts of Lam Sai Wing Memorial Book and Lam Sai Wing’s Taming the Tiger Manual).
Their function wasn’t only honorary. We can only guess what specifically did they teach in the army, but we know for sure that both Wong Fei Hung and Lam Sai Wing taught actual combat techniques – not only strength/conditioning drills to keep the soldiers disciplined and fit, but also weapon and bare-handed combat skills. Moreover, they not only taught, but also learned from the other Masters and cross-trained.
Hung Ga Grand Master Ho Lap Tin, one of the most senor disciples of Grand Master Dang Fong, dedicated a short paragraph to Grand Master Lam Sai Wing in his book “Hung Kyun Application Drills” (Hung Kyun Saan Sau) .
Here is the translation and scan of the original version:
Lam Sai Wing has specialised in Hung Kyun: „Five Animals Set“ (Ng Ying Kyun), „Taming of the Tiger in Gung Pattern“ (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun), „Iron Thread Set“ (Tit Sin Kyun), „Five Elements Set“ (Ng Hang Kyun), all passed from Wong Feihung. Furthemore he has intensively studied one set – „Tiger and Crane Double Form“ (Fu Hok Seung Ying Kyun). Continue reading