Since the advent of the Internet, southern China is now at the forefront of intrigue regarding the origins of wing chun.
Training and researching the grass roots of wing chun is now possible with China’s open door policy, today.
Did Leung Bik teach Ip Man?
The answer is “YES” to both. Follow my previous Blog posts.
Since my first foray in China, I have made available many videos on youtube, relating to wing chun in China.
Hong Kong wing chun differs greatly from mainland Wing Chun.
Hong Kong wing chun, predominately being Ip Man’s legacy, is testament to the progression of Ip Man’s Wing Chun.
When he started teaching wing chun in Foshan, Ip Man was quite young as opposed to his teachings in Hong Kong.
Wing chun in China appears to more orientated around fitness and power.
Hong Kong wing chun tends to concentrate more on chi a sao and correct positioning.
In Foshan, several of Ip Man’s original students are still teaching.
The schools are still in existence, but unfortunately, the old Masters have passed away or are too old to attend their schools.
Lun Gai and Kwok Fu, two of Ip Man’s original students in Foshan, still have a huge following today.
Kwok Fu passed away recently and Lun Gai is too old to make his presence at his school.
Both Sons are now the Heads of their Associations.
The difference even with Ip Man’s first 2 schools is incredible.
Kwok Fu’s school have different postures and very strange Chi Sao.
Lun Gai’s forms and wooden dummy are different, as well.
Foshan wing chun tends to emphasize more drilling, sparring and grappling techniques.
Foshan wing chun seems to have a larger syllabus with a bigger variety of techniques and applications.
Now, we start to leave Ip Man’s influence and see more reference to other systems of wing chun kung fu.
The styles of wing chun vary so much, it would be difficult to follow the same syllabus as in Foshan or Hong Kong.
This diversity creates the unique qualities of the various wing chun families.
I must add, that neither wing chun training style is better than the other, except that the 2 Cities reflect different aspects of wing chun.
Personally, I like the dynamics of footwork, drilling and self defence techniques.
In Australia, the training methods I use in my system of wing chun include, plenty of technique drilling and footwork.
Forms practice, wooden dummy training and chi sao, trying to cultivate a good balance between the various training methods.
Even in Australia, training methods of wing chun will vary greatly between the different families.
Shaolin Jee Shin Wing Chun is a competitive school by nature.
Our training emphasis is on fitness, power, sparring and dynamics.
Other schools may place more emphasis on chi sao and forms, etc.
Stay tuned for my next post relating to:
“why everybody dislikes wing chun”
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