Several generations later, cultural hero Wong Fei-hung codified much of the remaining Southern Shaolin material into the system we know today. Characterized by the ferocity of the Tiger and evasiveness of the Crane, Hung Kuen is a formidable fighting system and powerful way to cultivate health and vitality.
The Hung Kuen tradition of Guangdong traces its origins to the Southern Shaolin Temple of Fujian, where during the Ming Dynasty martial arts were once part of Buddhist daily spiritual practice. After the Ming empire was conquered by northern Manchurians in the mid-1600s, the temple was destroyed by Qing military forces. It is said that only the few monks who managed to escape fled south to continue practicing their skills in secrecy.
Hung Ga Kuen
Our Hung Kuen today comes from Wong Fei-hong's disciple Lam Sai-wing and the Lam Family. Our fundamental curriculum includes the classic forms:
|工字伏虎拳 ||Gong Character Taming the Tiger Fist|
|劉家拳||Lau Family Fist|
|劉家棍||Lau Family Staff|
|虎鹤双形拳 ||Tiger and Crane Paired Form Fist|
|虎鹤對拆||Tiger and Crane Sparring|
|行者棍對拆||Traveller's Staff Sparring|