Sifu Garry's second trip to China in 2007 would take on a slightly different emphasis, this time.
With all due respects, performing chi sao with all the wing chun practitioners and teachers was an incredible experience and honor.
I thought the Chi sao between the 2 countries was on a par, but, I found we had a natural affinity to the people of Kulo village.
During his life he worked and taught wing chun kung fu mainly in Foshan, sth China.
When he retired he returned to his native village of Kulo. There, he taught a different expression of wing chun kung fu.
Through my research, I believe Leung Jan learnt 2 expression of wing chun kung fu.
On the Red Boats there were 2 factions - A lady's group and a man's group.
Leung Yi Tai was part of the women's opera on the red boats, and Wong Wah Bo played a man's role.
The Lady, Yim Wing Chun taught the lady's faction of the red boats and her husband, Leung Bok Chow taught the men.
Leung Jan taught Wong's version in commercial Foshan.
When he went back to Kulo village he taught the women's version of wing chun kung fu to 3 or 4 villagers.
Dr. Leung Jan is my ancestor, but I only had half the picture. I required Leung Jan's other version of wing chun from Kulo.
So I knew what I wanted, but, how do I go about achieving this goal; I must train Kulo wing chun kung fu.
Grand Master Fung Chun is the head of the Pien Sun Kulo wing chun clan.
Being too old at this time to teach, the next best thing was his son, whom had studied Kulo wing chun for 40 years.
Master Fung Keun, was the Man I wanted.
Through my research, I made contact with Fung Keun in China and organized 1 week of intensive training, for myself and sifu Linda..
The training would take place at Sifu Donald Mak's school in Ya Ma Tai in Kowloon district.
We would devote ourselves for the next 7 days, learning and studying Kulo wing chun kung fu.
I think because of my 25 years experience in wing chun, at the time, digesting and remembering our instruction was a little bit easier.
Fung Keun could not speak English, so I had to also organize an interpreter, one that was rehearsed in wing chun.
What a pleasure to meet Fung Keun. He was a true gentleman and very professional.
He taught us Kulo "sup yi lo" 12 fists set and "dai guk" 2 man training sets, as well as 2 man chi sao, and some kulo wing chun drills.
Unknown to me at the time (2007), I would go back to Kulo many more times and learn an integrated kulo form and wooden dummy training.
Sifu Linda and I spent time with Fung Keun, training and having food together.
On the sixth day we had a break so I could take a trip to Kulo to visit his father, GM Fung Chun.
Sifu Linda and I caught a train to Shenzhen, then a bus trip to Kulo, visited Fung Chun.
We had lunch with him and then traveled back to Shenzhen and then back to Kowloon.
Master Fung Keun was so impressed that we would do this, just to see his father.
Upon completing my training, Master Fung Keun sanctioned my wife and I to teach his version of Pien Sun Kulo wing chun kung fu in Melbourne, Australia.
There are 5 wing chun schools in Shapin City, Heshan County of different lineage, but, all stemming back to Leung Jan.
The Pien Sun wing chun I was taught by Fung Keun Sifu, is from the lineage of Wong Wah Sam/Fung Chun to his son Fung Keun.
Now, I had both sides of the history and lineage from Dr. Leung Jan. I have also visited Leung Jan's house in Kulo village. My wife and I walked to Leung Jan's house with GM Fung Chun, whom led the way, after we had lunch together.
During lunch, he actually adopted us into his family. Now, my wife and I have pictures of us on Fung Chun's wall inside his house and in his school in Heshan County.
As I stated in an earlier Blog, reading an article on the Fung Family's wing chun prowess about 30 years ago and now, I have met, visited, dined and wined with, and also trained with the legendary Fung Family.
Master Fung Keun endorsed Sifu Linda and myself to teach Pien Sun Kulo wing chun in Melbourne Australia.
WHAT AND HONOUR AND PRIVILIDGE!
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