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Wong Sifu – A Passion for Wing Chun (Part 1)

There are many who claim to be the true head of the Wing Chun family, however, the few that do have a genuine claim to such a title avoid all mention of it and regard each other as brothers. It is gratifying to know that with all the adverse publicity Wing Chun has bad, at the top, where it really matters, the skill is in good hands.

In the space of 30 years, Wing Chun has gone from a small but significant family style in Foshan, South China, to perhaps the most widely practised traditional style of Kung Fu in the worid. Sure,

Taijiquan is practised by millions, but very few people know the traditional training, and the different styles of Shaolin are all very separate from one another. But Wing Chun is a complete style, covering forms, internal training, partner work, weapons, and wooden dummy training. And all of the modern masters are direct descendants of Yip Man, meaning that there is a relative amount of cohesiveness between what one master practises and what another does. Wing Chun owes a great debt to Yip Man. Over the twenty or so years that he taught, many people studied with Yip Man, but few can claim to have inherited his skills. Wong Shun Leung is one of the few that can.

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