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Aha, another fine day out and again complying with my philosophy of “staying cooped in on a day like this is a sin”, I decided to drive out to the outskirt of Kuching to pay Sifu Kong Su Ming, Hakka Suppressing Tiger, another visit.

Left out of our Penang’s event because of an injured leg, I also wanted to present him with some souvenirs from the event; a couple of commemorative tee shirts.

Sifu Kong had just moved into his new house completed recently and we spend the afternoon, at his verandah, talking about Hakka boxing.

About masters from the past and descendants, who are scattered all over Sarawak and not easily tracked down; this is a vast country for a population of just over 3 millions.

You lose a contact; you wait for chance ….. And hearing, again, from Kong Sifu about the many Hakka art forms that have slowly disappeared is hurtful, for me.

We talked about a Hakka style call “Short Limb Praying Mantis” and how in its heydays, was very highly sought after and now, some 20 years later, is so difficult to locate …. What more can I say?

Even his own “Suppressing Tiger” is facing the imminent danger of becoming extinct, now that he is no longer actively teaching and most of his earlier students have ceased training.

When I left, I was thinking, maybe I should take up this style of kung fu but then I decided that I am too old to start anything new…

What I could do is to spend more time with this master to record his art and to convince him to come out of retirement and revive his teaching in our centralized TCMA training facilities.

Yup, that makes more sense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Started this discussion, a while back, over at “MYMA” forum; continuing the subject here…

The topic of “Hung Gar and Fukien Shaolin association”.

I am sure you must heard it enough times; Jhee Sim, one of the 5 escapees trained Hung Hey Koon and the latter went on to originate “Hung Kuen”, of course, this story comes in scores of shades.

The one invariable is that it started in Fukien and after the sacking of temple by the Manchurian army. So the style proliferated outside temple walls.

Regardless of whether you believe the 5 Ancestors to be five individuals or escapees fleeing in 5 directions, probing the arts must hold some clues, right?

So taking Fukien as the starting point, you got Canton to the south and Zhejiang to the north and if we contrast Canton and Zhejiang expressions, we should see some congruence, again, right?

That was my “argument” at that point in that forum and I promise to put up some representative Zhejiang art forms for all to view and decide.

All I want to say is this, most of the Zhejiang stuffs look like a cross between Fukien and Cantonese arts and they have styles like Hung Gar, Black Tiger and Jin Kang (Diamond) Quan.

Here’s one of their forms:-