This article considers the necessity of a conceptual approach to Hung Kuen forms execution to preserve the purity of the style as taught by master Chan Hon Chung in his gym at 729 Nathan Road. I studied with master Chan from 1977 until the shutdown of the Hon Chung Gymnasium, then in my elder brother Cheung Yee Keung’s clinic. I do not call myself “sifu”, but I recently decided to hand down to a selected number of young friends what I learned and understood in 40 years of daily practice.
You can be European or Chinese, you may have been born 20 years ago or in 1945, you can call yourself a beginner or a “grandmaster”, but if your advanced position is unnaturally low, your hip is open and your back foot points out, you didn’t understood a bit of Hung Kuen (and IMHO of martial arts in general).
This post is about how I got hold of this original picture taken in 1969 at the fist official meeting of the “Hong Kong Chinese Martial Arts Association Ltd” (renamed “Hong Kong Chinese Martial Arts Dragon and Lion Dance Association Ltd.” in 2006), inspired and founded by master Chan Hon Chung. The picture has an extra value added by a figure in the background, a man bound to become a kung fu legend after his death.
After the passing of the master, the Hung style of Chan Hon Chung has been undergoing an heavy contamination and modification by external influences, sometimes openly conflicting with an uncontaminated handing down of its pure essence and tradition. Leggi tutto “Stereotyped schemes are spoiling the Hung style of Chan Hon Chung”
I heard of a recent flame about “honour and respect” in Chinese martial arts that hit my Hung Kuen brother Che Kong Mak. According to what I understood, he has been criticized for posting a video of him teaching Hung Kuen kung fu to some Wing Chun students wearing the t-shirt of their school.
Ricevo un grande e inaspettato numero di richieste da persone che vogliono imparare l’Hung Kuen di Chan Hon Chung che ho appreso tra il 1977 e la fine degli anni 80 nei miei lunghi soggiorni a Hong Kong, all’Hon Chung Gymnasium, 729 di Nathan Road. La cosa mi fa molto piacere, anche se sono sempre restio a farlo, visto che ho molta stima del termine (oggi inflazionato) “maestro” e non mi considero tale. D’altro canto capisco di essere custode di un bene raro e non ritengo giusto non condividerlo.
Leggi tutto “Info per chi vuole imparare l’Hung Kuen di Chan Hon Chung”
Again with this great Hung style performer. In the previous article I explained as this video confirms my theory of of a few movements added by my brother Cheung Yee Keung to Chan Hon Chung’s Tit Sin Kuen just before the first unicorn step. But there’s much more in this performance. Leggi tutto “Wrong stances in Hung Kuen: a priceless secret revealed”
E’ accaduto un evento eccezionale l’altro giorno, perché – almeno da quanto mi risulta – mio fratello maggiore Cheung Yee Keung non aveva mai dimostrato in pubblico il nostro “filo di ferro”. Lo ha fatto pochi giorni fa in occasione della serata di commemorazione del maestro Chan Hon Chung, a cui non ho potuto partecipare perché impegnato con l’evento di Accordo che si svolgeva nello stesso weekend.
Compio in questi giorni di fine 2016 i 40 anni esatti di pratica dell’Hung Kuen. Ho cominciato nel 1976 a Milano con “Benjamin” Fung Hon, fratello di “George” Fung Kyu, allievo prediletto prematuramente scomparso del maestro Chan Hon Chung. Benjamin mi ha insegnato le prime posizioni e Mui Fah Kuen.
In spite of some technical inaccuracies, the article “Exit the Dragon? Kung Fu, once central to Hong Kong life, is waning” (Charlotte Yang, The New York Times, August 22, 2016) describes the profound – not to say epochal – social, economical and cultural changes I recently found returning to Hong Kong 20 years later. From the Lantau airport to the new creative dimsum recipes, from the spread of Korean fashion to the gigantic shopping malls grown everywhere, Hong Kong is not anymore the town I left in the Nineties. Leggi tutto “Keeping the Dragon alive in spite of the Hong Kong Millennials”