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

Wong Wah Bo

Wong Wah Bo

I know the Leung Jan museum has a book about Leung Jan with this picture in it,
and maybe a seperate picture also,
but some historians do say this is Wong Wah Bo.

Wong Wah Bo

There is varied information on Wong Wah Bo, just as it is for all the early generation pre-boat, and Red Boat era practioners. Wong Wah Bo was said to have played the role of Mo Sing or the male martial lead. He was also famous for his role as "General Kwan". It was said he was the Dai Si Hing, of the Opera Troupe.

The oral histories say that the art of Wing Chun was passed first to Leung Lan Kwai, who took over the school in Zhaoqing. Around the year 1815, a martial artist and actor named Wong Wah Bo came to perform in Zhaoqing and began to study with Leung Lan Kwai. Wong taught Leung the staff forms used in the Chinese opera, and Leung taught Wong his Wing Chun Kung Fu. When the opera troupe left Zhaoqing, Wong Wah Bo began to teach other actors on the boat, known as the Red Junk. One of the skilled performers was Leung Yee Tei. As Wong Wah Bo and Leung Yee Tei practiced Wing Chun, they caught the attention of the boat's cook. It turns out that the cook was really the abbot of the ruined Shaolin temple, Chi Shin, who had fled at the same time as Ng Mui and was hiding in disguise.

Yip Man passed down that, his Sifu, Chan Wah Shun believed that Wong Wah Bo learned Wing Chun from Leung Lan Kwai.

All Wing Chun descends from six Opera Boat members who were taught by Leung Bok-Chao from 1845 to 1855: Yik Kam, Hung Gan Biu, Leung Yee-Tai, Wong Wa Bo, Dai Fa Min Kam and Law Man Kung.

Wong Wah Bo was said to have learned his Wing Chun from Cheung Ng also known as Tan Sao Ng where they were both involved within the Hung Suen / Red Boat Opera Troupe.

Leung Yee-Tai used a pole to steer the Red Opera Boat away from rocks and shoals, and was chosen by Shaolin master Jee Shim to learn the six-and-a-half point pole. Through Jee Shim, the six-and-a-half point pole was added to the Wing Chun system.

Leung Yee-Tai and Wong Wa Bo taught Leung Jan, whose students included his son, Leung Bik ; "Wooden Man" Wah and Chan Wah-shun ( nicknamed "Moneychanger Wah" ), from whom the Ip Man, Yiu Kai and Pan Nam lineages descend.

"Dai Fa Min" Kam , who played the role of the martial painted face, is the ancestor of the Way Yan lineage. The Yuen Kay Shan and Pan Nam branches descend from Wong Wah-Bo and "Dai Fa Min" Kam. Hung Gun Biu passed the art to his son-in-law, Yin Lee-Chung, and the Wang family..

In Yip mans written account Leung Yee Tai than taught Wong Wah Bo his pole fighting skill in exchange for the Wing Chun fist-fighting skill. Though Leung was a student of Wong in Wing Chun, Leung was actually Wong's sifu in the Weng Chun pole fighting skill. Wong modified the pole fighting methods using Wing Chun principles. Thus the modified pole skill is now part of Wing Chun System.

Kulo villagetradition states, that the standard three Wing Chun hand forms, were actualy one form originaly, and it was Wong Wah Bo, that broke the single Wing Chun form, (I.E. 3 or 4 section Siu Lien Tao), into the 3 hand forms with the single 4th form becoming the Muk Yan Jong form. This idea is substantiated by Cho Family and Lo Kwai Family, as both preserve a single long form, and preserve the tradition that it was broken down by someone in Foshan.It is believed that Leung Jan contributed, along side Wong Wah Bo, in the breaking down and refining of the Wing Chun system, into what we see today.

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