Where To Learn Chinese Martial Arts From Sifus In Penang
If you want to learn the 3 Styles of Kung Fu as portrayed in the movies, this is where to go to learn Martial Arts from Sifus in Penang.
CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS
Kung Fu as portrayed in the movies is very much different. Reel life versus real life. My meeting with exponents of the martial arts and their disciples leave me weak in the knees. Not from fright but from much laughter and camaraderie as the disciples from different school got along very well.
These cool dude are down to earth, eat cake and munch on Chinese New Year delicacies like the rest of us lesser mortals. The difference lies here, whilst we who are not trained maybe overcome by temptation as in being greedy when faced with a scrumptious dinner, the disciples of Kung Fu go the whole nine yards by keeping to moderation.
The men are not walking six-pac machines with huge bulging biceps and deft footwork. But I noticed that they move quietly and are light footed and deft on their feet.
There’s none of that maniac racing around jumping over obstacles and dodging bullets as Hollywood had lead us to believe over the years.
But these men have a certain stance while they stand or walk that is something I call quiet confidence.
Lee Kok Keong who is a TCM practitioner and physician shared the healing aspects of Kung Fu as a sport to build a strong foundation for good health.
This essay is by Lee who generously shares his knowledge with smartdory. In his own words;
CHUKA KUNG FU
Grandmaster Cheong Cheng Leong is widely recognized as one of the greatest martial artist in Asia.
Cheong who is the fifth generation disciple of “Chuka Kung Fu” learnt from the Late Grandmaster Lee Siong Peow.
Cheong continues to shoulder his beloved sifu’s responsibilities to continue teaching, training and promoting the “Chuka Kung Fu” after Lee passed away.
Prior to Cheong’s retirement in 2014, he taught the “Chuka Kung Fu – Phoenix-eye Fist” in Malaysia and aboard in Venezuela and England.
To date, Cheong who taught for half a century is still active in the advisory role for “Chuka Kung Fu”.
For more information, contact:
Pertubuhan Keolahragaan Chu-Ka Penang
Grandmaster Cheong Cheng Leong
Mobile: 019-411 8778
“VING TSUN” (WING CHUN) KUNG FU
It is believed that “Ving Tsun” (Wing Chun) was founded by Abbess Ng Mui from Southern Shaolin.
Ng taught this fighting style to a lady named Yim Wing Chun. Yim then passed on this skill and knowledge to her husband Leung Bok Chao when she married him.
When Leung began recruiting and teaching his students this style of Kung Fu, they decided to name it “Ving Tsun Quan” (Wing Chun Quan) in honour of his wife.
Famous disciples of Leung Bok Chao included Leung Lan Kwai, Wong Wah Bo and Leung Yee Tai.
Wong Wah Bao and Leung Yee Tai were respectively the male and female martial leads of the Red Boat Opera Company. Leung Jan had learned the “Ving Tsun” from Leung Yee Tai and Wong Wah Bo. Leung Jan was highly talented in “Ving Tsun”, and his combat skills made him famous in Foshan city; the people of Foshan called him “King of Ving Tsun“.
Grandmaster Yip Man (Ip Man movie chronicles his illustrious life) had learned “Ving Tsun” from Chan Wah Shun, who was a student of Leung Jan. Yip Man also learned “Ving Tsun” from Master Leung Bik when he was in Hong Kong during his college days (Leung Bik was the son of Leung Jan).
Yip Man was the first “Ving Tsun” master to teach this martial art openly in Hong Kong for a fee. His students form the majority of the practitioners of “Ving Tsun” today.
Fifty five year old Master Lam Ping Hung learnt “Ving Tsun” under with Master Chu Shong Tin since 1992. Lam who is a qualified instructor for “Ving Tsun” in Hong Kong Wing Chun Association and has over 22 years’ experience.
Before coming to Penang Lam He assisted Master Chu Shong Tin in teaching “Ving Tsun” at Hong Kong.
In 2011, Lam was appointed by Penang Ving Tsun Wushu Association as the instructor for “Ving Tsun” and he continues his support propagating “Yip Man Ving Tsun” in Penang.
For sixty six year old Tan Kean Wah he first encountered martial arts when he was in England in the 70s. Tan learnt different martial arts which included Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Ji and Qi Gong. He trained under Master Jian Wah Jie and Master Tan Teik Kwang for “Ving Tsun”.
Currently Master Tan Kean Wah is the chief instructor of Penang Ving Tsun Wushu Association.
Chuah Eng Wei has been learning “Yip Man Ving Tsun” under Master Lam Ping Hung for 5 years. Chuah is talented, smart and hardworking in his practice of “Yip Man Ving Tsun”.
Penang Ving Tsun Wushu Association
8, Jalan Goh Guan Ho, 11400 Penang.
HUNG KAR KUEN
Hung Kar Kuen is widely believed to be founded by Hung Hei Gun; however research has shown that this style of Kung Fu was not invented by an individual.
It was in fact, the style practiced by members of the “Tin Tei Wui”, the Heaven & Earth Society, and a Ming dynasty loyalist organization rebelling against the Qing dynasty.
According to the legend, Hung Kar Kuen has its origins in the Southern Shaolin temple located in Putien, Fujian.
Within the temple premise, the eminent monk Gee Sim accepted and instructed numerous lay disciples who were anti-Qing rebels. This resulted in the assault and burning of the temple by the Qing army.
Among the survivors of the disaster were five high level lay disciples who founded the Hung Mun Society which eventually became the “Tin Tei Wui”.
Members of the Tin Tei Wui practiced various styles Kung Fu. The combination of the different styles eventually became Hung Kar Kuen (Hung family style) or Hung Kuen (Hung style).
Another important aspect in the history of the style is attributed to the numerous expert lay disciples who studied under Gee Sim. Among these disciples are Hung Hei Gun, Luk Ah Choi, Fong Sai Yuk and many others who became Kung Fu legends in their own right.
After the destruction of the Southern Shaolin temple, these lay disciples in due course started teaching Kung Fu. Since each of them had their specific skills and expertise, the Hung Kuen they taught respectively had their own unique ‘flavour’ and emphasis.
This aspect, in addition to the natural evolution of the style over a period of 200 years has resulted in numerous branches and styles of Hung Kar Kuen.
In general, Hung Kuen can be categorized into 2 styles: Land based Hung Kuen and Water based Hung Kuen.
Land based Hung Kuen is obviously taught and practiced on land. Water based Hung Kuen originated from the lay disciples who sought refuge in the red boats, vessels which are both home and a means of transport for opera troupes travelling through the great rivers of Southern China.
What they taught was dictated by the limited space on the boats and therefore the narrow sheep clamping stance was commonly used with an emphasis on close quarter combat.
Hung Kuen is currently one of most widely practiced styles of Kung Fu around the globe.
Penang Leng Nam Hung Quen Martial Arts was established by Master Yong Soon Teik, who is the 7th generation inheritor of Hung Kuen, and also the 3rd generation from the Wong Fei Hong lineage. Leng Nam Hung Quen Martial Arts was established with purpose of:
(1) Teaching and promoting traditional hung kuen;
(2) Promoting Hung Kuen values : Courage, Wisdom and Perseverance;
(3) Adapting the training syllabus to suit practitioners of all ages;
(4) To be a health and fitness platform for people of all ages.
Those interested in learning Hung Kuen may contact
Fei Hung Martial Arts Centre
43, Pinhorn Road and 63, Lengkok Hijau, 11600 Penang
Photo & Pix by Lee Kok Keong