Taking it easy – GM Cheong Wai Por.

November 22, 2007

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GM Cheong Wai Por …. Por Suk, Por Suk , my favorite Ah Sok or “uncle” in Cantonese.

 

When we were first introduced, he was frosty and vehemently denying that he is the “Cho Gar” master that I was looking for – downright frustrating at that point.

 

I refused to give in and I must have been very pesky; I kept probing and it was only after we “touched hands” that he finally owned up that he is the current custodian of Cho Gar Hay Pun WCK.

 

A direct disciple of the late Saam Chum, he is the 4th generation from “Cheng Tam Kam”; the man generally accepted to be responsible for taking “Opera Wing Chun” off the red boats to Poon Yue in Canton.

 

Withdrawn from the martial art scene, Por Suk is very contented with administering a temple, meeting devotees and running around Penang town on his small scooter.

 

I was so delighted when he assented to appear in our event……

 

A very humble man, he refuses to take part in any of the “squabbles” that been plaguing the Wing Chun fraternity.

 

To him, there is no absolute right or wrong when it comes to histories, lineages and evolution of the arts.

 

Different families – different ways, different temples – different Buddha is his creed.

 

Be happy and practice diligently and if not, give it up and do something else is another one of his favorite viewpoints.

 

Quarrelling just dries up your throat; he likes to say with that toothy grin on his face.

 

Well, Por Suk has offered to teach me his WCK…. an offer that I am sincerely thinking of taking up…..

 

Here’s Por Suk with his “Siu Nim Tau” – simply brilliant!

 

 

And the music you hear this time is Jerry Kamit’s sape – an indigenous Sarawak Iban string instrument – no less brilliant, in my humble opinion.

 

 

 

 

 

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