Knowledge, People

Wong Fei Hung

Wong Fei Hung (9.7.1847 – 14.4.1925 ) is probably the most famous ancestor of our line. He is revered as a Chinese folk hero and is the main character in countless films and books. Wong Fei Hung was not only an outstanding martial artist, but also a practicing physician. He supported the poor and stood up for the weak – and this in a time that was anything but easy to call.Mehr lesen

History, Knowledge

Foshan

The name of the city of Foshan is well known among martial artists. It is home to great figures of our history. Our ancestors Wong Kai-Ying and Wong Fei Hung were born there as well as the Wing Chun master Ip Man. But apart from that, Foshan is a city with a long history.Mehr lesen

History, Traditions

Lai Si

“This is my personal gift to the two of you.” I present the small red envelope with the golden characters with both hands and for a moment my Sihing becomes more serious. He accepts the gift and carefully stows it in his jacket. It is a solemn moment, however short and inconspicuous it may be.Mehr lesen

Knowledge, Various

Wuxia

During my research on Kung Fu I often enough stumbled upon the term Wuxia. Accordingly I researched it. Wuxia is a Chinese story genre and usually the content is about a knightly hero who is a master of Wushu. So Wuxia is roughly the same as our classic fantasy stories. A modern, well-known representative of Wuxia in the film genre is ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’.Mehr lesen

Knowledge, People, Styles

Bak Mei

Bak Mei (also known as Bai Mei, ‘White Brows’) is generally regarded as one of the five survivors of the destruction of Southern Shaolin Monastery. Various sources agree that he was disloyal to the rebellion against the Qing. It is not clear whether this was done for base motives or realism. Bak Mei is mentioned as the founder of the Kung Fu style of the same name.Mehr lesen

History, Knowledge

Ming Dynasty

For almost two hundred and eighty years (1368 to 1644) China was ruled by the Ming Dynasty. It arose from the rebellion against Mongolian foreign rule and replaced the Yuan Dynasty. It was a time of economic and cultural prosperity.Mehr lesen

History, Knowledge

Manchu

Although the Manchu, as invaders in the early days, had a clear enemy image, the two peoples were soon indistinguishable. The original Manchu culture quickly merged with that of the Han. The language was also lost more and more. Conversely, the Han also adopted many Manchu customs. The two peoples merged. In 1880 the linguist Paul Georg von Möllendorf wrote in a letter that Manchurian was only used orally for ceremonial purposes at court. It is very likely that the disappearance of the Manchurian language among the people began much earlier.Mehr lesen

Knowledge, People

Lukh ah Choi

Lukh Ah Choi is not, in my experience, the ancestor in our line, which one is named first. He disappears, just like others, behind the dazzling names Wong Fei Hung and Hung Hee Gung or Chiu Kau, which is much closer to us. However, the fact that Lukh Ah Choi was a Manchu and therefore belonged to the enemy camp according to his origin, makes him a particularly interesting figure in my eyes. As is well known, the Manchus took over power in China at the beginning of the seventeenth century – the Qing Dynasty. The Shaolin fought against them vehemently until they finally destroyed the southern Shaolin monastery. Mehr lesen

History, Knowledge

Stone Guardians

For hundreds of years they have been sitting at important gates. Under their gaze, no evil intent shall endure. The guardian lions have kept their place in the traditions until today. In the west they are mainly found in front of Chinese restaurants. In our kung-fu school, however, they guard the anteroom and the ancestral altar.Mehr lesen