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Wong Shun Leung – The Logic Behind Wing Chun

One of the top Wing Chun fighters at Yip Man‘s hong kong school, Sifu Leung taught Bruce Lee privately for one-and-a half-years and recalled “his Kung-Fu was not very good he couldn’t fight.” Leung’s own introduction to the Wing Chun system was less than stellar he challenged Yip Man to a trial by combat, convinced he could defeat him. When m a n easily won, Leung became a lifelong believer and disciple of the system that Bruce Lee would eventually turn into the most popular Kung-Fu style ever taught. Yip Man, seeing more in Lee than others, predicted to the incredulous Leung that, “this little kid will make Wing Chun famous.”

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A Passion for Wing Chun (Part 2)

Master Wong Shun Leung is well known in the martial arts world. When he was younger he went out to try his Wing Chun against other styles of martial art. His intent was not to just fight, he wanted to see how Wing Chun. It is this search for perfection that has made him one of Wing Chun’s most famous ambassador

Wing Chun Kuen is said to be some four hundred years old. Its origins and early history are quickly becoming an area of a great deal of debate. Whatever the early history, today Wing Chun is perhaps the most popular Chinese style of Kung Fu.

The late grandmaster Yip Man is now a legendary figure in Chinese Martial Arts circles and the man responsible for bringing Wing Chun Kuen into the modern world. Yip Man taught many people and one of his most respected students is Master Wong Shun Leung.

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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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What I Have Learned Through “Beimo”

The great master Wong Shun Leung fought anyone, anywhere to prove the validity of his Wing Chun techniques.

The following article is a personal account of what Wing Chun master, sifu Wong Shun Leung feels, are the main lessons he has learned about combat through his experiences of “beimo” or skill comparison, a somewhat subtle way of naming the many full-on fights he had with practitioners of literally dozens of Chinese and other fighting systems during his 40plus years as a Wing Chun devotee.

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Wong Shun Leung: Wing Chun’s Living Legend

Trained by the late grandmaster Yip Man, teacher to the great Bruce Lee, Wong Shun Leung is perhaps best-known as the Wing Chun man who routinely challenged anyone of any style – and lived to tell about it

Hong Kong-based Wing Chun instructor, Wong Shun Leung, has been called many things by people in the martial arts world. England’s Fighter magazine called him: “..A communicator and teacher of Wing Chun par excellence;” Jessie Glover, the first American student of the late Bruce Lee, wrote in his book Bruce Lee’s Non-Classical Gung Fu, that Wong Shun Leung “..Is one of the greatest Wing Chun teachers in the world;” Bey Logan, former editor of the British martial arts magazine Combat, wrote that “…Wong Shun Leung is far more important as a Wing Chun teacher in his own right than just a figure in the life of Bruce Lee. He deserves better than to be in anyone’s shadow

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Bruce Lee’s Teacher (First UK Interview)

Wong Shun Leung, Wing Chun Sifu, gives his first U.K. interview to Bey Logan. (Interpreter: Nino Bernardo)

“I once took on ten guys carrying knives!” At these words, the seminar students all lean forward extra attentively. “And they never cut me once!” Twenty-five pairs of ears prick up simultaneously. What feat of kung fu did the teacher use to escape apparently certain death? “How did you do it, Sifu?”, someone asks. Wong Shun Leung mimes the action of running like hell, glancing over his shoulder as he does so! The timing is perfect, and the dry wit typical of a man who plays down the image of the kung fu master (a word he hates) and plays up his role as a Wing Chun teacher (a role he enjoys). “I can’t fight very well and my kung fu’s not very good”, says the man who won a reputation as being one of Hong Kong’s foremost challenge fighters, the man who taught the young Bruce Lee, the man who has just “adopted” a string of over twenty German Wing Chun schools from another organisation, a man who will still teach a small group at a London club with a still growing enthusiasm for his art.

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Wong Shun Leung: A Wing Chun Phenomenon

“Self-defence is only an illusion, a dark cloak beneath which lurks a razor-sharp dagger waiting to be plunged into the first unwary victim. “Whoever declares that any weapon manufactured today, whether it be a nuclear missile or a .33 special, is created for self-defence should look a little more closely at his own image in the mirror. Either he is a liar or is deceiving himself.

“Wing Chun Kung Fu is a very sophisticated weapon; nothing else. It is a science of combat, the intent of which is the total incapacitation of an opponent. It is straightforward, efficient and deadly. If you’re looking to learn self-defence, don’t study wing chun. It would be better for you to master the art of invisibility.” — Wong Shun Leung

Rather peculiar words, you might say, coming from an individual who’d spent over 30 years of his life teaching kung fu; yet somehow there’s a rather uncanny philosophical depth to the man who actually instructed Bruce Lee in wing chun and inspired William Cheung to enter Yip Man’s school at the age of 13. Wong Shun Leung, the most senior phenomenon in wing chun today, earned his rank and title where it really counts – in the streets. Now, at 48 years of age, he’s still far from being a pacifist. With a series of jagged scars along his knuckles and a piercing glare in his eyes, he gives the distinct impression that he’s already witnessed a fair share of human folly and its consequences. With the wisdom of a veteran, he guided us through a period in Hong Kong’s recent past where fame flew like the wind before a fist as wing chun became a household word.

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A Scandal of the Wing Chun School – Someone Falsely Claims To Be Leader of the School

The tradition of Chinese kung Fu attaches utmost importance to the cultivation of martial virtue. Kung fu learners consider it first important to respect their teachers and adhere to the principle. Therefore, an expert of kung fu is venerated by his colleagues first of all because of his martial virtue, and secondarily because of his martial skills. Chinese kung fu has all along considered important the difference of seniority.

If one is a third-generation disciple, he must not claim that he is of the second-generation, or he will be considered treacherous. Any martial artsman who tries to confuse seniority is looked upon as a traitor to his teacher and the founder. He will be intolerable to his school and will be looked down upon by people of other schools of the martial arts community. (By the way seniority is also clearly distinguished in martial arts circles in other countries. Take karate for example, a learner of the white belt is not allowed to identify himself as of the black belt.)

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