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What’s in a name?

“How’s karate?”, I am sometimes asked. Or, by analogy, another martial art / sport. I’ve noticed that some of my classmates get annoyed by these confusions, but I’m not that interested in them. It is not so important to me that those around me remember the term correctly, because actually the questioners mean the right thing. For those who want to know a little more, I will try to explain the terms.Mehr lesen

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Abbot Ji Sin Sim See

Numerous arts refer to the last abbot of the Southern Shaolin Monastery. Under his leadership, this great centre of martial arts experienced its last days, so that all southern styles descended from Shaolin can somehow be traced back to him. Unfortunately, we know little of his life and have to infer much logically or rely on stories and legends.Mehr lesen

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Chiu Kow

Grandmaster Chiu Kow has experienced enough in his life that several films could be filled with it. Unfortunately, they would not be peaceful, feel-good flicks, but tough stories about the life of a long-suffering person. What makes him stand out is that despite all his experiences, he has managed to pass on Hung Gar’s high moral and human standards to his own successor.Mehr lesen

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Wong Kay Ying

was a style heir of his father Wong Tai and a famous martial artist and doctor. He was a philanthropic man with great moral ideals. He passed on these qualities to his son and disciple Wong Fei Hung.Mehr lesen

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Martin Sewer

Martin Sewer is the style heir of Hung Gar Kung Fu in the Chiu lineage. Although a Westerner, after many years of teaching and many trips to Hong Kong and later to California, Chiu Chi Ling publicly named him his successor in an interview.Mehr lesen

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Chiu Chi Ling

As the youngest son of Chiu Kow and Shiu Ying, Chiu Chi Ling became a style heir in his lineage. The versatile grandmaster is not only a martial artist, but also an actor, race car driver and businessman. It is largely thanks to him that Hung Gar Kung Fu became known in the world. He is more open to Western students than some other kung fu masters and willingly carries his art with many trips around the world. Mehr lesen

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Lam Sai Wing

Lam Sai Wing, the disciple of Wong Fei Hung, lived the idea of spreading Hung Gar Kung Fu. He considered the attitude of many Kung Fu masters to pass on their knowledge only very cautiously questionable and taught willingly and openly. As a man of good character, he was a role model for many. He was considered a tireless teacher and great fighter until his death.Mehr lesen

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Shiu Ying

Although Shiu Ying is often mentioned as the wife and partner of Chiu Kow, little is known about her person. Her life, however, according to what we know, was very moving. She was a great master of Hung Gar, acupuncturist, doctor, mother, benefactor and lived through several wars almost on the side.Mehr lesen

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Mok Gwai Lan

The “tigress” Mok Gwai Lan was joined with Wong Fei Hung in the concubinage when she was in her early twenties and he was already over sixty. Accordingly, she survived him by several decades. She was a fighter, lion dancer, medical assistant and cook and probably one of the most famous women in the history of Hung Gar Kung Fu.Mehr lesen

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Hung Hee Gung

Hung Hee Gung (ca. 1730 – 1825) was the style founder of Hung Gar Kung Fu. He was a secular disciple of abbot Ji Sim Sin See and left the Shaolin monastery before its destruction to found his own school. His high demands on the character of students and his willingness to pass on his art are still groundbreaking today.Mehr lesen