What is Hung Gar Kung Fu
According to tradition, this Kung Fu style was founded in the 18th century by Master Hung Hei Gung, who was taught the powerful tiger claw techniques (少林 虎爪) by Abbot Jisim. Later, Hung Hei Gung is said to have combined the tiger style with the Fujian crane style (福建 seiner) of his wife Fong Wing-Chun.
Therefore Hung's Kung Fu is also known as a tiger / crane school (fu hok pai-虎 鶴 派) because it is characterized by the opposites of hardness and powerful strength on the one hand, flexibility, softness and resilience on the other. In this style, strength and suppleness merge harmoniously into a unity, according to the Chinese philosophy of yin and yang. The tiger / crane shape (fu hok seung yin kuen) became Trademark of Hung Gar Kung Fu.
However, tigers and cranes are only a small part of Hung Gar Kung Fu.
The whole program includes:
- Movements from the five Shaolin animal styles (ng yin-五 形)
Kite (lung), Snake(se), Leopard (paau),Tiger(fu) and crane (hok)
- Techniques of the five elements (ng slope-五行)
Metal(gam), Water(seui), Wood(muk), Fire(fo) and earth (tou)
- the 12 methods of the bridge hand(sup yi kiu sau faat- 十二 橋 手法)
hard (gong), soft (yau), squeeze ( bik), direct (jik), share (fan), firmly(thing), short (chyun), to lift (tai), hold back (lukewarm), redirect (wan), control (yeah), complete / quit (thing)
- Shadowless step methods(mou ying gerk faat- 無影 腳 法)
- as well as external and internal training
In addition to its self-defense value, Hung Gar Kung Fu enjoys great popularity today because of its positive health effects
One of the most famous lines of Hung Gar Kung Fu is the Lam family in Hong Kong, where the Hung style has been taught for three generations (Lam Sai Wing, Lam Cho, Lam Chun Fai) and passed on to responsible students.
In the GHGA, great emphasis is placed on preserving the traditional aspect and originality of Hung Gar Kung Fu in the tradition of the Lam family.
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