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Different Wing Chun Versions II

Back in August we talked about the many different versions of “Wing Chun” based mostly on ancient history prior to late Grandmaster Yip Man. Many of the forerunners of Yip Man must have had students who taught others. They passed what they knew onto their students the way they saw fit. It is easy to see how, in a country as large as China and how, in ancient times, with little communication, there could eventually be variations of Wing Chun.

Why then, do we see significant differences, even in the versions taught in the twentieth century in lineages from Yip Man?

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Sifu Leung Ting and the late, great Grandmaster Yip Man

Sifu Leung Ting and the late, great Grandmaster Yip Man.

Leung Ting’s first instructor was late Grandmaster Yip Man’s first Hong Kong student, Leung Sheung.  Later, Leung Ting’s uncle introduced him to Grandmaster Yip Man.  He soon became a private student of the late Grandmaster.

More information can be found at: WingTsun Welt, the European online magazine about the WingTsun World!

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Review of Ip Man 2

Review of Ip Man 2

January 23, 2013 –

Like the first Ip Man movie, it took a long time for me do a review of Ip Man 2.  The original Ip Man movie was so dramatically different than other ‘martial arts’ movies, that I am tempted to re-classify it outside of that genre.  However both that movie and this one have enough martial arts action, brand specific, no less, that we have to view them as a much better than average films in that genre.

Like everybody, my expectations were high going in to seeing Ip Man 2… 

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IP MAN 2 – Review

IP MAN 2 – Review

Like the first Ip Man movie, it took a long time for me to to review this sequel.  The original Ip Man movie was so dramatically different than other ‘martial arts’ movies, that I am tempted to re-classify it outside of that genre.  However both that movie and this one have enough martial arts action, brand specific, no less, that we have to view them as a much better than average films in that genre.

Like everybody, my expectations were high going in to seeing this movie.  We had a one week showing at a local theatre which shows indie films, art house films and other small budget movies.

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Late Grandmaster Yip Man’s words

Late Grandmaster Yip Man’s words

The late great Grandmaster Yip Man wrote the following words at the end of his historical account on the origins of Wing Tsun:
“Leung Yee Tai passed the kungfu on to Leung Jan, a well known herbal doctor in Fat Shan.  Leung Jan grasped the innermost secrets of Wing Tsun, and attained the highest level of proficiency.  Many kungfu masters came to challenge him, but all were defeated.  Leung Jan became very famous. Later, he passed his kungfu on to Chan Wah Shan, who took me as his student many decades ago.  I studied kungfu alongside my kungfu brothers such as Ng Siu Lo, Ng Chung So, Chan Yu Min and Lui Yu Jai.  Wing Tsun was thus passed down to us, and we are eternally grateful to our kungfu
ancestors and teachers…”

– translated in the book Wing Tsun Kuen by Leung Ting, 10th Level MOC

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My belated review of the movie Ip Man

My belated review of the movie IP MAN

I saw the movie Ip Man quite a while ago in late 2009 and yet here is my belated review of the movie IP MAN. The movie was released in Hong Kong in 2008. A movie about WingTsun (wing chun) like this has been a long time coming. It appears to be a dramatization of the real events in the life of Ip Man (Yip Man) prior to his move to Hong Kong after the take over by the Chinese Communists. At this early period in the life of Ip Man, the enemy of the freedom of the Chinese people was not an ideology but the nation of Japan which had invaded certain parts of China and occupied it during WWII. This film is remarkable on many fronts. For the first time in the martial arts genre, the film shows the technical martial arts fighting while also showing the real living habits of the characters, their customs and habits, their moral dilemma, their imperfections and their heroic qualities. Instead of non-stop fighting, interrupted by occasional speaking parts and minimal story, this movie carries the story relentlessly to a dramatic conclusion. The renowned late grandmaster of Wing Tsun (wing chun) was born into a wealthy family. He was the youngest to learn the art from Chan Wah Shun, the grand master of Wing Tsun in that part of China in the late 19th century. Ip Man used a remarkable sum of money in those days to pay his sifu the proper amount for lessons. The movie depicts his fortunate and carefree life and how he established and maintained a reputation as a kung-fu master in the town of Fat Shan and how that all went away with the start of hostilities of the World War. All fight scenes were shot with care and mastery of editing and choreography. The cruelty of the Japanese occupying forces was used for maximum emotional effect. The techniques, while not exactly as we in the Leung Ting WingTsun® system might have done it, were credible enough to give one the feeling of an art of economy and practicality. It is some of the best major motion picture depictions of the art of Ip Man (Yip Man). I strongly recommend it for both martial artists and non-martial artists alike. I give it: Martial arts genre rating – Five Stars. Non-genre movie rating: Four Stars.