Hung Kuen: the salute unlocks the breathing secrets

Chan Hon Chung training Tit Sin KuenHung Kuen: the salute contains the explanation of the breathing secrets.

“This is a great fact that I am sharing now, for the benefit of whoever wants to get it: in our family’s Hung style breathing in never happens while contracting the muscles or even worse executing a technique. For this reason we do not breath in while pulling the hands, as many people of other schools do.”  This phrase written in a previous article produced a significant quantity of messages from students interested in a more exhaustive explanation of the matter.

Leggi tutto “Hung Kuen: the salute unlocks the breathing secrets”

Tips for a pure “one finger bridge”

Chan Hon ChungA few words about the “one finger bridge” and the “three extensions”. Back in the days in the Hon Chung Gymnasium in Hong Kong this gesture – so peculiar to Hung Kuen and a significant symbol in the Chinese secret societies tradition – was held in great consideration and trained with care.

Leggi tutto “Tips for a pure “one finger bridge””

Hung Ga Story: i miei anni col maestro Chan Hon Chung

Albertro Biraghi e Chan Hon Chung sifu“Check out one of the best Hung Ga Kyun books I had pleasure to read in years (and download a free sample here). Hung Ga Story is a memoir of Alberto Biraghi and his martial arts journey. Alberto studied the traditional Hung Ga Kyun in Hong Kong with the late Grand Master Chan Hon Chung, spending with him more than a month per year from 1977 until the closing of his historic gym at 729 of Nathan Road” (Pavel Macek).

Leggi tutto “Hung Ga Story: i miei anni col maestro Chan Hon Chung”

Cinesi, primarie e polemiche noiose

Chinatown vota SalaI cinesi li conosco bene, ci ho passato assieme un sacco di tempo. Loro non si sono mai integrati e mai si integreranno, in nessuna parte del mondo.
Però sono tradizionalmente un popolo di pragmatici: lavorano, producono e sanno creare alleanze vantaggiose dove risiedono. Quindi se spendono due euro a testa per appoggiare qualcuno è perché hanno concordato una loro convenienza.

Leggi tutto “Cinesi, primarie e polemiche noiose”

Tit Sin Kuen: forget YouTube and the “workshops”

Chan Hon ChungI see more and more people posting on Fabebook and/or YouTube pictures and videos of themselves engaged in the practice of Tit Sin Kuen. I would like to tell them that this act is wrong, dangerous and not in line with our Hung Kuen tradition.

In the Hung Kuen story, TSK is the last and ultimate form to be learned by a pratictioner. But in the serious schools it is not “taught” (nor it is shown or demonstrated), rather it is “handed down” by the good master – in special circumstances by the elder brother – when he considers that a student has attained a full and deep knowledge of the style.

Leggi tutto “Tit Sin Kuen: forget YouTube and the “workshops””

I Dodici Ponti dell’Hung Kuen: un po’ di chiarezza

12 bridgesPremessa. Fino a metà anni 2000 ben pochi in Europa avevano sentito parlare di Hung Kuen (letteralmente: il “pugno”, ovvero lo “stile” di Hung) detto anche Hung Gar, la famiglia di Hung (ma a me piace di più “Kuen”, perché per me “famiglia” è la scuola del mio maestro Chan Hon Chung, dove ho vissuto e imparato la disciplina).  Poi, con l’esplosione di Internet, anche le arti marziali si sono aperte al mondo, su blog, video e oggi pagine Facebook. E’ comparso di tutto e di più, un diluvio di informazione con pessimo rapporto segnale/rumore, a causa del quale il lettore meno smaliziato rischia di bersi le sciocchezze che spesso tocca leggere.

Leggi tutto “I Dodici Ponti dell’Hung Kuen: un po’ di chiarezza”

Chinese kung fu is about sincerity and loyalty

Lam Sai WingChinese kung fu is about sincerity and loyalty. It’s about passing on and sharing culture and correct information.  Chinese kung fu is about brotherhood and mutual aid, regardless of the seniority and respective experience of those who practice it.

There’s never mystification or obfuscation in a traditional Chinese kung fu gymnasium, nor secrets accessible only to some restricted group of so-called “initiates.”  And above all, there are no techniques that must be taught incorrectly, inaccurately or incompletely to students deemed “unworthy.”

Leggi tutto “Chinese kung fu is about sincerity and loyalty”