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Meeting the Grand Master of Wing Chun, the son of Ip Man
In December 2014, wushusport.tv went to Hong Kong to visit the grand master of Wing Chun, Ip Chun of 90 years old, the son of the legendary martial artist Ip Man. The meeting with Ip Chun and his students was un unforgettable experience.
The martial art, Wing Chun, with its unique style has been carried down four centuries. Wing Chun is one of the main Chinese martial arts styles applying many specialized techniques for close range combat. According to legend, it was created by a Chinese Shaolin Buddist Nun who later passed the martial art on to a girl named, Yim Ving Tsun.
Ip Man started learning Wing Chun at the age of 7. His legacy is the global practice of Wing Chun. Ip Man had many notable students, among which includes Bruce Lee.
Ip Chun began studying Wing Chun with his father, Ip Man at an early age. Now, at the age of 90, Ip Chun’s movement are firm; his thoughts are sharp and wise. “Wing Chun is about adapting to situations, soft energy yields to hard energy.” says Ip Chun.
Ip Chun’s classes at The Ving Tsun Athletic Association in Hong Kong keep to the original tradition of Wing Chun. Ip Chun is still actively teaching and inspiring students from around the world. He is committed to passing his father’s legacy on to the next generation. Ip Chun says: “I was born into a kung fu family, so it was more about responsibility than interest.” Ip Chun’s love for Wing Chun is clear through his dedication to his classes. Even at this advanced age he has no plan of retiring.
One of the best benefits of Wing Chun is helping people to relax in a busy daily life. “Practicing to stay relaxed during our Wing Chun training, teaches us to stay relaxed during our daily activities at work and in our community, so we can deal with problems in a calm and rational way.” says Ip Chun.
Wing Chun is a great way to keep the mind focused and stay fit and heatlhy. It is a sport suitable for any age, gender and ability.
wushusport.tv feels very honored to have been a guest at Ip Chun’s classes and we’d like to thank the Ving Tsun Athletic Association for their support and hospitality.
Our Wing Chun coverage will continue with interviews of Ip Chun’s sons to follow soon.