Dragon Wing Chun                     ~  January 23, 2012 Chinese New Year of the Dragon James Fell

Chinese Martial Arts

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Wing Chun Chinese Gung Fu

 

Yim Wing-chun ~

After Yim Wing-chun rebuffs the local warlord's marriage offer, he says he'll reconsider his proposal if she can beat him in a martial art match. She soon crosses paths with a Buddhist nun--Ng Mui, who was one of the Shaolin Sect survivors, and asks the nun to teach her boxing. The legend goes that Ng Mui taught Yim Wing-chun a new style of martial art that had been inspired by Ng Mui's observations of a confrontaton between a Snake and a Crane; this then-still nameless style enabled Yim Wing-chun to best the warlord in a one-on-one fight. Yim Wing-chun there after marries Leung Bac-chou and teaches him the style, which is later named after her.

Wing Chun Lineage according to Man Ip ~

The earliest known mentions of Wing Chun date to the period of Leung Jan (1826—1901).

The common legend as told by Man Ip involves the young woman Yim Wing-chun, (Wing Chun literally means 'forever springtime' or 'praising spring',) at the time after the destruction of the Southern Shaolin Temple and its associated temples by the Qing government.

Ng Mui (one of the Five Elders of Shaolin Monastery)

Yim Wing-chun (was taught Gung Fu by Ng for self-defence)

Leung Bok-chau (Yim's husband learned Yim's style of Gung Fu)

Leung Lan-kwai

Wong Wah-bo (taught the pole form by Leung Yee-tai)

Leung Yee-tai (added his pole form to the system he learned from Wong)

Leung Jan (also taught his son Leung Bik)

Chan Wah-shun

Man Ip (also learned from Ng Chung-sok and Leung Bik)

Lo Man-kam, nephew of Man Ip

Chun Ip and Ching Ip, sons of Man Ip, and Jun-fan Lee (Bruce Lee)

 

 

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This is Grandmaster Leung Bik's photo (right) during his eighties. Photo sourced from Kulo Village, China.

Wing Chun Grandmaster Leung Jan's eldest son, Leung Bik, a legendary Wing Chun master, which is also Grandmaster Chan Wah Shun's Siheng/Kungfu elder Brother.

       

    

    

     

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Wong Shun Leung

The man who trained Bruce Lee under Grand Master Ip Man.


Nickname : Gong Sau Wong

Wong Shun Leung (1935-1997) was a Wing Chun master. He started training with Yip Man at 17, after challenging the master and finding himself completely controlled by him. Already at this age Wong had a reputation as a fighter and Yip Man was at first worried that he would bring trouble for Wing Chun. In fact Wong Shun Leung's prowess as a "Beimo" fighter helped secure Wing Chun its formidable reputation. "Beimo" were semi-organised bare knuckle challenge fights between youths in Hong Kong. Wong Shun Leung, who stood only 5' 6" tall, fought perhaps over 100 of these challenge fights and was never beaten. He earned the name Gong Sau Wong, King of Talking Hands. Once asked if he was the best fighter in the world he replied "no, only the second best." When asked who was the best he said "I don't know, I haven't met him."

Wong stayed with Yip Man many years longer than most of the other famous students, helping Yip Man teach and only opened his own school formally in the late sixties. He taught Wing Chun at his kwoon until his untimely death from a stroke. Notable students included Philipp Bayer, Wan Kam-Leung, Gary Lam, Nino Bernardo, David Peterson, Lawrence Leung (Leung Chi Sing) and, of course, Bruce Lee, who later screen tested Wong for an appearance in the ill-fated "Game of Death" and corresponded regularly with Wong on the subject of the science of fighting. In one letter Lee wrote "Even though I am (technically) a student of Yip Man, in reality I learned my Kung-fu from you."

Following what doctors in Hong Kong described as a 'subarachnoid hemorrage' and lapsing into a coma lasting 17 days, wing chun's "King of the Challenge Match", sifu Wong Shun Leung, passed away peacefully on January 28th, 1997... he was just 61 years of age. Wong had been with a group of friends at the "Ving Tsun Athletic Association" on Sunday January 12th, enjoying a few games of cards and Mahjong when he complained of feeling unwell. Soon afterwards he collapsed into a coma from which he never awoke.

In 1970 Bruce Lee wrote a letter in Chinese to Wong Shun-Leung. The content is recorded as follows :

Dear Shun-Leung, Jan. 11, 1970

It has been a long time since I last wrote to you. How are you? Alan Shaw's letter from Canada asks me to lend you my 8mm film. I am sorry about that. It is because I have lost it when I moved my home. That film is already very old and I seldom use it, so I have lost it. I am sorry for it. Now I have bought a house in Bel-Air. It is about half an acre. There are many trees. It has the taste of a range. It is located on a hill top near Beverly Hills. Moreover, besides my son Brandon, I have had a daughter, Shannon, who is seven months old now. Have you re-married ? Please send my regards to your sisters. Recently, I have organised a film production company. I have also written a story "The Silent Flute". James Coburn and I will act in it. Stirling Silliphant is the screen-play writer. He is a famous screen-play writer (In the Heat of the Night). We plan to make the first fighting film in Hollywood. The prospect is good. About six months later, the filming work will begin. All who participate in this film are my followers. In the future, Steve McQueen may also work together with me.

I am very excited about this plan. As to martial arts, I still practice daily. I meet my students and friends twice a week. No matter they are western boxer, Taekwondo learner or wrestler, I will meet them as long as they are friendly and will not get angry. Since I started to practice realistically in 1966 (Protectors, gloves, etc.), I feel that I had many prejudices before, and they are wrong. So I change the name of the gist of my study to Jeet-kune-do. Jeet-kune-do is only a name. The most important thing is to avoid having bias in the training. Of course, I run everyday, I practice my instruments (punch, kick, throw, etc.). I have to raise the basic conditions daily. Although the principle of boxing is important, practicality is even more important. I thank you and Master for teaching me the ways of Wing Chun in Hong Kong. Actually, I have to thank you for leading me to walk on a practical road. Especially in the States, there are western boxers, I often practise with them too. There are many so-called masters in Wing Chun here, I really hope that they will not be so blind to fight with those western boxers may make a trip to Hong Kong. I hope that you will live in the same place. We are intimate friends, we need to meet more and chat about our past days. That will be a lot of fun? When you see Master Yip, please send my regard to him. Happiness be with you!

Bruce Lee.

 

 

 

   

 
Baat Chaan Doh Knives like the ones Man Ip used.
These are signed by Sifu Samuel Kwok.

 

                
     The Teacher with the Wing Chun Gang at the Park                                                     The Teacher with a Wing Chun student                     

 


Dragon James Fell with Sifu Francis Fong

Dragon James Fell with Sifu Francis Fong


Sifu Jon Rister Segung Francis Fong Dragon James Fell

Jon Rister has studied Wing Chun since 1985. He met Sifu Francis Fong 1986. Francis Fong trained under Jui Wan who trained under Chan Wah Shun's son and student Jiu Jow and Ip Man, Jon Rister became an instructor under Francis Fong in 1999. Jon Rister was teaching Wing Chun as Jun Fan/Wing Chun Gung fu for many years prior to 1989, he began to see that something was missing and so began in earnest to relearn the system properly from Francis Fong.

After several years of study he approached Francis Fong about teaching Wing Chun from a classical standpoint, and received permission and started teaching. After years of teaching researching and special instructor training under Francis Fong and Dan Inosanto, Jon Rister started to see something very special about Wing Chun that goes mostly un-noticed,or at least not openly discussed, and so decided to write a book and two others not yet out in the public. "Wing Chun Strategy and Tactics" Attack Attack Attack and "Wing Chun Strategy and Tactics" Strike Control Break then "Combat Wing Chun in 100 days". A fourth book will be coming as well about Bui Gee and Muk Yan. 

There is something special about Wing Chun, and Sifu Jon wants everyone to learn. He is a teacher and a student of the art. Sifu Jon Rister has a school in Texas and two in Finland, Helsinki and Oulu. where he travels every year to update his instructors there. Sifu Fong even visits once per year as well.

Francis Fong, originally from Hong Kong, began training in martial arts training at the age of 12 years old. The promise of competition first attracted him to a Tae Kwon Do school, as well as Judo and WuShu.

Several years into his martial arts training, his school friend Jason Lau introduced him to the art of Wing Chun Kung Fu. He was selected into a closed-door school led by Jiu Wan, a well-known instructor who had immigrated to Hong Kong from Southern China.

Jiu Wan and Ip Man (considered by many to be the father of Modern Wing Chun as well as Bruce Lee’s Wing Chun instructor) studied martial arts together at the Jing Mo Guen in Foshan.

It was considered one of the most elite institutions in southern China, dedicated solely to the highest levels of martial arts training. Ip Man left early, completing the Wing Chun system elsewhere, and was the first to teach Wing Chun in Hong Kong. Jiu Wan went on to become a teacher at the Jing Mo Guen. When the communists came to China, Jiu Wan went to Hong Kong and joined Ip Man's organization. Francis Fong describes his early training under Jiu Wan as very traditional and old-fashioned training, with a LOT of sticky hands training (Chi Sao). In 1973, Francis Fong came to the U.S. from Hong Kong in search of new opportunities.

Jiu Wan first taught Wing Chun at Jing Mo Gwun, a school in Foshan, China. When the Communists took over China, he moved to Hong Kong where he continued to teach.

Jiu Wan's relationship with Ip Man is controversial among students of both branches. Some students of Jiu Wan maintain he studied under his cousin and later under Ip Man. Ip Man students claim that as well. Jason Lau's branch of Jiu Wan claim they were kung fu brothers directly under Chan Wah Shun.

Notable students of Jiu Wan include: Chiu Hung-Kwan (his son), Jason Lau, Ti ung(Tam Fu-Wing), Chow Hung-Yuen, Francis Fong, and Denis Chan.

Jiu Wan was born in Foshan, Guangdong Province, China, the same city as Ip Man. Jiu Wan learned Wing Chun starting at the age of eight under Jiu Jow (his uncle) and also Chan Yu Min, son of Chan Wah Tsun. Jiu Jow learned from Chan Wa Tsun who was 5th generation and also his son, Chan Yu Min, too. Ip Man’s SiFu was Chan Wa Tsun but he also learned from Leung Bik, son of Leung Jan. He also started at a young age but did not learn from Chen Yu Min, the son. Chen Wa Tsun was a very good fighter and being the teacher of both Ip Man and Jiu Jow they were known for their great fighting skills. The lineage is that Ip Man was 6th generation and Jiu Wan was 7th generation. In those years in Foshan both men were officials in the Police Department.

Ip Man came to Hong Kong in the early 1940s and learned more about Wing Chun from Leung Bik, who was the son of Leung Jan and classmate of Ip Man’s SiFu, Chan Wah Shun. Apparently, Ip Man learned to understand the theory of the Wing Chun that was underlying the fighting skills that he had mastered earlier. When he was reunited with Jiu Wan in Hong Kong Ip Man’s Wing Chun was very different from what Jiu Wan had known. Ip Man introduced to Jiu Wan what he learned from Leung Bik. In the early years Ip Man’s students were members of the Restaurant Worker’s Association among them being Leung Sheung, his first disciple, Jiu Wan, his third disciple as well as Ip Bo Ching, Wong Shun Leung, Lok Yiu and Chu Shong Tin.

Jiu Wan studied with Ip Man all the way until Ip Man’s passing. They were from the same home town and were very close friends. The only Wing Chun school that Ip Man ever officially authorized for any of his students was for Jiu Wan’s school. Ip Man even placed his signature on the sign over the school with the words, “The Traditional Wing Chun”. Ip Man and Jiu Wan would socialize together in the evenings and at dinner for many years. The first generation students of Ip Man were not on the same social level as Jiu Wan was with Ip Man and as such there was not much contact with those other students.

Jiu Wan passed away at age 52 one year after Ip Man died. History has shown us that Jiu Wan had a lot of students and they have gone on to be very distinguished not only in Wing Chun but also in other professions such as members of The Police Department including Detectives and Chiefs of Police as well as Movie Directors, Movie Actors and other officials in Hong Kong and all over the world.

Jiu Wan’s son, Jiu Hung Quin, teaches now as his father taught him. In addition, Jiu Wan’s main student instructor was Guy Lai, his second disciple, during those years. The first disciple did not stay that long and did not teach. Another disciple is in Canada now, Fred Kwok.

Dragon James Fell ~ Chinese Gung Fu and Wing Chun Lineage
( A few of the people I've had direct hand to hand contact and instruction )

~ Michael Chin ~ John Stover ~ Dan Inosanto ~ Joseph Conry ~ Francis Fong ~
~ Jon Rister ~ Chiming Dong ~ Kirk Weicht
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~ James Fell ~

      Chan Wah Tsun ~ Leung Bik
           Man Ip
       Chun Ip ~ Ching Ip

        Samuel Kwok
        Michael
Chin
    James Fell

 

 Chan Wah Tsun ~ Leung Bik
           Man Ip
       Leung Sheung
       Ken Chung

        Ben Der
        Qiming Dong

    James Fell

 

      John Stover
    James Fell

 

Chan Wah Tsun ~ Leung Bik
Ed Parker ~ Man Ip ~ Wong Leung ~ Gene Lebell

    Bruce Lee
     Dan Inosanto

  James Fell

 

 Chan Wah Tsun ~ Leung Bik
  Man Ip
Moy Yat
  Anthony Dandridge
  Robert Squatrito
  Peder Bartling
   Joseph Conry
James Fell

 

Jiu Jow ~ Chan Wah Tsun ~ Man Ip ~ Chan Yu Min
  Jiu Wan
Francis Fong
James Fell

 

   
Chan Wah Tsun ~ Leung Bik
Jiu Jow ~
Man Ip ~ Chan Yu Min
Jiu Wan

Larry Hartsell ~ Francis Fong ~ Surachai Sirisute
    Jon Rister

James Fell

 

Chan Wah Tsun ~ Leung Bik
Ed Parker ~ Man Ip ~ Wong Leung ~ Gene Lebell
Bruce Lee
   Dan Inosanto ~ Joseph Cowles
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     Paul Vunak ~ Bruce Foster
  Kirk Weicht
James Fell