The Second Form of Wing Chun. It is important to continue practicing the first form for it is the foundation of your entire Wing Chun. Chum Kiu, although it has fewer sections as the Siu Nim Tao, its performance is longer and demands additional skills. As in all Wing Chun lineages, there are different ways to perform the Chum Kiu. None of them are incorrect. All are different interpretations of the knowledge and experiences in the art of Wing Chun.
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As the last student of the famous Yip Man, the last overall Grandmaster of the Wing Tsun fam ily, he learned the complex theory of WingTsun from his teacher. It was said that he became ambitious ever since he was four or five years old. In his childhood, he was weak, though active. He would never sit quiet on his chair. He was a known troublesome boy in school, though he was not bad in his academic attainment. Prejudice and misunderstanding against him made him feel that he was always unfairly treated.
That feeling resulted in his love for learning martial arts. He did not have a chance of learning martial arts from a kungfu master, not until he was thirteen. Helped his friend in a street fight One night Leung Ting, his friend and a cousin of his friend were having a walk in a street. The cousin of his friend got into trouble with a gang of youngsters, who, taking advantage of their numbers, attacked him altogether.
Leung Ting could not allow so many people to bully one. With an angry shout, he threw himself over the twenty or so outlaws! He regretted afterwards for having done so, he felt he was a fool to fight these youngsters, especially when his two friends had already sneaked away while he was busy fighting those people.
However the incident was a meaningful experience for him, if he was determined to become an instructor of the Wing Tsun Style. Leung Ting had two maternal uncles, both were trained in Wing Tsun Kungfu and were famous for their fighting records.
Leung Ting had all the time been requesting his uncles to teach him kungfu. So, he would rather teach him some skills of self-defence than to allow him to be bullied. For six years Leung Ting worked hard in learning kungfu everyday. He was then eighteen, and helped his uncle Cheng Pak, who was also his elder kungfu brother, to set up a school, and became his assistant.
He had the thought of ceasing his own schooling, if not for the cold sneer of one of his younger kungfu brothers. Being insulted, Leung Ting determined to read hard for one more year, and the next year he obtained brilliant results to become enrolled in Baptist College. Then he received news that his uncle Cheng Pak had already closed his gymnasium. To become a school teacher of kungfu instructor? During the first year in the Baptist College, Leung Ting was not hard-pressed with school work.
He had been thinking of having a part-time job as an evening school teacher, only to find out the pay for this kind of job was miserably low. At this moment one of his younger kungfu brothers suggested to him that he should give martial art tuition to a handful of students and get some tuition fees from each of them in return.
This was a turning point in his career. He was then in a position to set up his own gymnasium. Not long before that time, Grandmaster Yip Man had for a period been hospitalized for treatment of stomach ache. Returning from hospital, Grandmaster Yip determined to retire from the management of his gymnasium and teaching of kungfu. Yip never expected that he would have met the teenager Leung Ting, being fond of him, be willing to accept him as his last disciple and give him personal tuition of the most advanced techniques, being dreamt for by most of the other direct disciples during their lifetime, could hardly be revealed by this old man!
Before this, there was never a kungfu class in any academic institute, because martial arts and martial artists were all the time being despised, and kungfu was merely regarded as tricky skills used by street fighters. It was therefore a remarkable event that Leung Tng could open and personally direct a martial art class in an academic institute.
To attract students, Leung Ting organised a kungfu performance show, in which he and his favourite disciples took part. The show attracted a large crowd of enthusiasts, among whom some sixty became enrolled. The enrolment soared to over one hundred and twenty the next year.
The meanings of this event were three-fold: first, it was the first open demonstration and contest of Wing Tsun Kungfu ever since Grandmaster Yip Man began to promote the Wing Tsun System in Hong Kong. Secondly, though all the contestors in this event were students of Leung Ting, yet their performances were praised and highly rated. Thirdly, it was the only occasion in the life of Grandmaster Yip Man when he attended a kungfu show organised by his own disciples.
As for Yip Man, he was glad to have Leung Ting to succeed him and to have a calm and peaceful retired life. From to , Leung Ting devoted all his energy to promoting the development of Wing Tsun Kungfu by organising public shows and T. With the help of his younger kungfu brother Cheng Chuen Fun, his own brothers Leung Lap, Leung Koon, Leung Tuen, and some other headstudents, Leung Ting succeeded in setting up Wing Tsun classes in several civic associations and organisations, and indeed had brought the populace to the knowledge of the existence of the Wing Tsun System.
The rapid expansion brought to him a side-effect — that many fellow kungfu brothers became to misunderstand him and dislike him more and more. Leung Ting wrote in several issues of the magazine. These caused jealousy and discontent among publishers of two other similar martial art periodicals, who were then prepared to take revenge actions against Leung Ting. In the Autumns of while Leung Ting was having a visit to his branch gymnasiums in Europe, he received a letter from the Rediffusion Television of Hong Kong inviting him to organize a martial art programme.
An editor of an amusement and entertainment publication had an interview with Leung Ting, in which Leung Ting forgot to clarify his own position. The next day news about Leung Ting came over the front cover of a newspaper. It is not unusual to see wrong informations in newspapers, which are usually corrected on the next issue. But wrong information about Leung Ting was at that moment particularly irritant to fellow kungfu instructors of the Wing Tsun style.
This was certainly the best chance for revenge! This was only the prelude. As a side-effect of this, the number of students attending his gymnasiums grew unexpectedly fast.
Something more unexpected was still to come. Shortly after the event, he was picked up by Chang Chieh, the famous director of martials art films of the Shaw Brothers Studio, In the Summer of , Chang Chieh, in a press conference, with straightforward and simple words, introduced Leung Ting to the public as the new kungfu action director of his company. That is how miracularly Leung Ting jumped from the martial art circle to the movie world.
Return to the gymnasiums Though being successful in the movie circle, Leung Ting was all the time worried about his own ability for his new job, especially when he realized the complicated inter-personal relations in the movie circle. The next year, when he had finished directing the sixth kungfu film, he returned to his own gymnasium. One month later, he had a tour of two months to Europe.
Knowing his own real interest Having a view of the beautiful scenery of Europe and having seen his students who were growing in great numbers, Leung Ting finally fond out where his real interest lies. Thousands of adorers wrote to him, many came to him from overseas to request for tuitions.
In all these countries, there are different political thoughts, different habits of life, different races of people, and different languages. But when all these people come into the gymnasiums or brand gymnasiums of the IWTA, they all do the same thing, that is to bow first to the image of Yip Man the late Grandmaster, then to the photo of Sifu Leung Ting, the Grandmaster of their kungfu system, before paying their respect to their own masters or kungfu instructors, as commensurate to the tradition of Chinese rites.
In this way, Leung Ting is not only teaching kungfu, but also teaching Chinese culture. Share with:.