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Dedicated to Wong Shun Leung (June 8th, 1935 - Jan 28th, 1997)

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Wong Shun Leung, the Legend
By Cliff Au-Yeung and Lewis Luk
quoted from Ip Man Ving Tsun 50th Anniversary
Translated by Buick Yip and David Peterson.  Used with Permission.


Since Grand Master Ip Man began teaching the Ving Tsun style of Chinese martial arts in Hong Kong, his lineage has developed for over 50 years, and Ving Tsun has grown from relative obscurity in China, to a practical martial arts system renowned and practiced throughout the world. As such, the achievements and influence of the late Grand Master are well deserving of legendary status. Our teacher, sifu Wong Shun Leung, who learnt from the Grand Master with diligence, intelligence and dedication during the 50s and 60s, representing Ving Tsun victoriously in some 60-70 “comparisons of martial skill” (beimo) in Hong Kong against devotees of many other fighting systems, laid the groundwork for the eventual expansion of Ving Tsun that has taken place. His life story is equally deserving of legendary status.

The telling of his life story is possible after his untimely death by virtue of his lifetime of achievements as recalled by his peers, students and friends. Ving Tsun brothers and friends such as Chu Shong Tin, Chan Chi Man, Wu Chun Nam, Leung Man To and Wong Tak Chiu were all more than willing to share their memories of his life to ensure that this essay provide a truthful account of the man and his deeds, thus preventing future rumors or miss-truths emerging which would otherwise cause him to seem supernatural or unbelievable, rather than the practical and realistic person that was Wong Shun Leung.

Descendant of a community-minded scholarly family

Wong’s ancestral home was the small village of Songma, Hangtaan Town, Sundak (Shunde) County in Guangdong Province (where incidentally, everyone had the surname Wong), and he was born the second son of a respected family. His father, Wong Kay Yat, was a famous doctor of Chinese traditional medicine, well known in the region (prior to WWII, one of the 10 most famous doctors in Guangdong) and just as famous for his expertise in treating women’s health problems after moving to Hong Kong. As part of a family which included an older brother (who passed away early on), a younger brother (who incidentally also studied Ving Tsun from Wong), and six younger sisters, Wong Shun Leung was born in Hong Kong on the 8th June 1935. At that time, the former British colony had a population of less than half a million, and the lifestyle of those who lived there was generally simple compared with the Hong Kong of today.

1935-1952: the Warring Years, where truth was sought through martial art

When Wong was a lad, he received adequate family discipline, learning obedience, literature and calligraphy, and was a gifted student who easily picked up both academic and cultural knowledge. He responded especially well to literature, from which he developed an extensive knowledge of Chinese culture and history, and then later on he also expanded his studies to include a Western education by attending an Anglo-Chinese school. At this stage of his life, those who knew him saw how his natural ability to adapt and adjust to his surroundings began to surface.

From very early on, Wong developed a strong sense of racial pride, with the true-life experiences of colonial inequality and foreign invasion at the hands of the Japanese in WWII fuelling his hatred of those who hid behind meaningless talk. He despised unjust behavior and had strong principles, which he was prepared to defend. He proceeded to seek the truth through real grit, and martial arts offered an open path by which a young and restless youth could express his personality and opinions.

In the summer of 1942, a bunch of boys gathered in discussion, with a boy about his age boasting of being some kind of spiritual superhuman. Wong could not stand such nonsense and argued with the boy, resulting in a reckless fight breaking out between them in which the two boys ending up rolling all over the ground, tearing each others clothing as they wrestled about. At such a tender age, Wong was already exhibiting his fearless desire to defend the truth.

According to Wong himself, way before he began actually learning martial arts, he had countless “contests” with many under-qualified sifu, whereby he made them lose face, proving that they had more talk than actual ability.

Another story was that while Wong had started learning Wu style Tai Chi from an uncle, he eventually switched to learn some Tai Chi and hard fist forms from a teacher named Wong (no relation). One night while Wong Shun Leung was practising, this sifu Wong and some guests were swapping martial tales with each other when the teacher said that while in the Sichuan Province city of Chengdu, he had witnessed an old master stop a moving car from running over a fallen child by exerting chi through his two palms. On hearing this, Wong put on his jacket and left without as much as a backward glance and never returned, deciding that a person who told such tales could not possibly possess any true gung-fu.

Wong had already started to learn boxing while in junior high school, and according to his own account, once knocked out his instructor while sparring in the ring. A few days later, however, the instructor tried to exact revenge by using heavier punches to cause Wong to bleed all over. Feeling that this instructor was especially mean and having such a negative attitude towards a student, in order to avoid further ill feelings or unhappiness, Wong once again quit his training.

Wu Chun Nam, who was a classmate of Wong’s from the third year of their high school studies, recalls that Wong Shun Leung already had basic training in both western boxing and Tai Chi by 1952.

1953-1960: meeting the Grand Master

While there have been a number of different versions of Wong’s first meeting with Ip Man, the account given below is based on what Wu Chun Nam and Chu Shong Tin recall of Wong’s own account of the events:
Ip Man first began teaching at the ‘Hong Kong Restaurant Workers Union’ in 1950. From 1953-1954, the class relocated to Hoi Tan Road in the Shamshuipo district of Kowloon before eventually returning to the original location in 1955. It was around that time, while Wong Shun Leung was in his youth, that he often pitted his skills at western boxing against fighters from various disciplines. In one of these matches, which took place at Kadoorie Hill, an exponent of Tai Chi Praying Mantis defeated Wong, and he swore that he would be back for a rematch in three months. At that time, a friend of his cousin by the name of Law Bing had been learning Ving Tsun for a while, and through him, Wong met several other Ving Tsun practitioners. It is believed that he actually saw Lok Yiu competing successfully in a challenge match and came to admire the Ving Tsun method, so much so that on February 1st 1954, two days before the Chinese Lunar New Year, Wong Shun Leung, accompanied by his cousin, finally came to the school at Hoi Tan Road with a view to become a student of Ip Man. (According to Wong, he hadn’t known the name of the style at that particular time, only that it was a form of boxing from Fatsaan (Foshan) in Guangdong Province. Only after he began studying it, did he learn from Ip Man what it was called.) As it was so close to the Lunar New Year, there were few people present when Wong arrived at the school, just two or three relative beginners. Being young and keen to seek genuine gung-fu, and lacking an understanding of the protocol expected of him, Wong asked if he could try out against those present, not realizing that this could be considered a challenge. Ip Man was polite enough to allow him to go ahead, only to see Wong defeat two of the students easily, one after the other. Without as much as raising his voice, Ip Man gestured to Wong to try out his skills with him saying, “I’ll have a play with you.” Wong Shun Leung began the attack, using his boxing skills to throw punches at Ip Man, but Ip Man calmly faced Wong, hands forward of his body, and using his forward footwork, stepped inside Wong’s guard forcing him back onto the wall. Making use of taan da to nullify Wong’s technique, Ip Man then threw a burst of light punches to Wong’s head and chest, not inflicting any damage, but clearly indicating to Wong that he had been controlled and beaten. Once this has taken place a second and then a third time, Wong was amazed by such skill and control, deciding then and there to become a student of Ip Man. He commenced his training four days after New Year, on the 6th February. It is also worth mentioning that on that first visit, following the exchange with Ip Man, Wong Shun Leung also had a match with senior student Ip Bo Ching, with neither one being able to totally dominate the other.
(Translator’s note: When retelling this story in an interview not long before his death, sifu told the funny tale of how, when Ip Bo Ching arrived at the school, Ip Man took him into the kitchen area on the pretext of making him a cup of tea. Sifu’s cousin turned to him saying, “What a nice teacher this man is, …look, he even makes a cup of tea for his student.” Sifu responded, “He’s not making him a cup of tea, …he’s telling him how to come out and give me a hard time!” Apparently the ensuing match was quite full-on, but neither Wong nor Ip came out looking too bad.)

Hard work and perseverance leads to success

Wong Shun Leung himself recalled that shortly after he commenced his training in Ving Tsun, he began learning how to strike the wallbag. One day, while he was hitting the wallbag, Grand Master Ip Man was talking to Leung Sheung and said, “Look at the way this kid is looking at the wallbag as he hits it, …it’s as if he’s hitting a person, not just a bag. I reckon he’ll create a stink in Hong Kong within a year (Ip Man referring here to Wong stirring up Hong Kong’s martial arts community through challenge fights).” Ip Man of course turned out to be correct, except that it only took Wong three months before he began creating an impression!

Chan Chi Man started training under Ip Man in 1955, and was one of the last students of the ‘Restaurant Worker’s Union’ period. According to him, Wong Shun Leung was very dedicated to his training. He imposed a strict training regime on himself, and refused to rest until he had completed his daily programme of techniques and drills. For example, he would strike the wallbag with five hundred punches on each hand, then five hundred times with both palms, or he would move up and down the room throwing punches fifty times in succession, and so the routine went on. He would maintain himself in fighting condition around the clock, always prepared for action, and when working out with his classmates in chi sau practise, Wong was very serious, often treating training sessions no differently from a real fight.

Wu Chun Nam was Wong Shun Leung’s schoolmate, as well as being his first Ving Tsun student. He recalls how, in order to find more time for practising, Wong would skip school classes to go to the gwoon, often spending as much as ten hours there. On arriving home at night, Wong would be so exhausted that he couldn’t even eat his dinner, and would simply crawl into bed and sleep. Eventually, Wong weakened himself to such an extent by such a rigorous training routine that both the Grand Master and his father had to prescribe herbal remedies to build his strength back up.

Wu often went to Wong’s home to do both schoolwork and practice Ving Tsun. Once, while the two of them were training within a large room in the house, Wong Shun Leung got a little too serious while using the po pai jeung technique, sending Wu flying backwards, smashing an antique bed belonging to Wong’s mother in the process. That of course raised the ire of Wong’s father, resulting in a large portion of family discipline.

Contests and challenge matches around the town

Masters such as Chu Shong Tin, Chan Chi Man, Siu Yuk Man, and several others, have all mentioned the late Grand Master’s attitude towards his student’s training at that time. He would say to his more experienced students, “After you have practiced for a time, you should go out and test yourself to gauge your level of skill.” In those days, there was little restriction placed by authorities on such semi-open contests, compared with today. As a result, there were several members of the Ving Tsun school who engaged in such “tests of skill” at that time. The one person who had more challenge matches than anyone else was Wong Shun Leung. While he certainly wasn’t the only member of the Ip Man Clan to fight in these matches, according to Wong Shun Leung himself, because of his small stature (around five foot six inches tall, and weighing around 105 lbs), many of his opponents chose to fight him, thinking that he would be an easy adversary (there were no weight classes applying in these challenge matches of the fifties and sixties), thus Wong ended up having somewhere in the vicinity of sixty to seventy such beimo during this period in Hong Kong. Many newspapers and periodicals of the time, such as the ‘Hung Luk’, ‘Ngan Dang’ and ‘Ming Bo’ newspapers, and the popular 70s ‘New Martial Hero’ magazine, reported on Wong’s exploits. Fortunately, some of these reports still exist today and diehard Ving Tsun devotees and those interested in this period of martial arts history, can seek out these accounts for themselves as there are far too many of these stories about the “Gong Sau” exploits of Wong Shun Leung than this brief account will allow for.

The 1960s: teaching Ving Tsun as a hobby

At the beginning of the sixties, Wong Shun Leung and his family resided on the third floor of a pre-war apartment building at 466 Nathan Road, Mongkok. As Wong Shun Leung was totally engrossed with the study of Ving Tsun, he incessantly sought out training partners to practice with, eventually choosing people to teach and train with according to their body size and strength so as to provide himself with a greatest variety of partners possible. Because his primary goal wasn’t to teach, or to make a living from his training, Wong chose his students very seriously and as Wu Chun Nam recalls, many people of various backgrounds found their way to Wong Shun Leung’s door at that time, becoming his students, such as Yeung Yi Choi, Lo Min, Chang Yip Kau, Lau Man Kwong, Cheung Chan Ching, Wan Kam Leung, and so on. While the relationship between Wong and these people was largely that of a teacher and his students, Wong wouldn’t allow them to refer to him as sifu, preferring that they simply call him Leung Goh (“Big Brother Leung”), which was appropriate as their ages were all quite similar, and Wong also invited several of Ip Man’s students to train at his home, such as (Henry) Pang Kam Fat, Wong Tsok, Chan Chi Man, (Andrew) Ma Hang Lam, and others, so it was inappropriate for Wong to be addressed as sifu. The very first time that Wu Chun Nam took part in a beimo match was on Wong’s rooftop with Wong acting as an official in the proceedings. This was a time of great historical importance in the development of Ip Man’s Ving Tsun in Hong Kong, and was the first time that such a match was recorded on film. On the 10th of May, 1969, Wong Shun Leung officially opened up the first ‘Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun Gung-fu School’ in the Yaumatei district of Kowloon, on the first floor of a building there, and began recruiting students from the public. We believe that between 1969 and 1971, he conceived the establishment of the ‘Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun Martial Arts Association’ for the promotion and development of his beloved Ving Tsun. During this time, Wong had many, many people coming to him wanting to be his student, but while this was pleasing, Wong couldn’t accommodate them all, so he would have prospective students register their names and come back at a later date.

Most pictures from Philipp Bayer's site and Gert-Jan Ketelaar's Site.  They have some more great pictures if you check them out.


The 1970s: lessons of the past handed down to the next generation

Because of reconstruction on the building, Wong moved his school from the original Yaumatei premises to a new location on the 5th floor of another building on Reclamation Street on the 16th August, 1971. He continued teaching at that location until 1975. During that period, he and his students took part in countless tournaments in Hong Kong and elsewhere in the region, with outstanding results. At that time, with the help of friends, Wong moved his school to Granville Road in the Tsimshatsui district and continued the advancement of Ving Tsun. In 1976, Wong Shun Leung left Tsimshatsui and commenced teaching in the front apartment on the 9th floor of 506-508 Nathan Road, Yaumatei.

Thus, from the end of the 60s through to the 70s, Wong Shun Leung threw all his efforts into developing and refining his Ving Tsun. He taught many, many talented students during those years, many of whom are now famous Ving Tsun instructors in their own right both in Hong Kong and overseas, such as Wan Kam Leung, Ng Chun Hong, (Tommy) Yuen Yim Keung, (Lawrence) Leung Chi Sing, Ko Kwong Nin, (Gary) Lam Man Hok, Chan Kim Man, Ko Kin, and so on.

The 1980s: roots in Hong Kong, flowers all over the world

By the end of the 70s and the beginning of the 80s, Wong Shun Leung had come to something of a low point in his life, having struck hard times in keeping his school running. Then, towards the end of the summer of 1983, a German by the name of Philipp Bayer came to Hong Kong with the aim of becoming Wong’s student, and studied the Ving Tsun system under him there. Bayer invited Wong Shun Leung to travel to Germany and Europe, with a view to conduct seminars there for the promotion of ‘Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun Pugilism’, and he then set about organizing everything on behalf of his teacher. In December of the very same year, an Australian by the name of David Peterson (who also goes by the Chinese name Ding Chaochen) also came to Hong Kong specifically to become Wong Shun Leung’s student in Ving Tsun. From then on, Peterson returned to Hong Kong at least once every year after that until 1992 in order to study at Wong’s school. During that time, Peterson also arranged for Wong to travel to Australia for the purpose of conducting seminars. It really could be said that this presented Wong with a dream opportunity in his lifetime, and both of these students did much to promote Wong Shun Leung and Ving Tsun overseas. Wong took advantage of this opportunity and through his trips to European countries, was able to establish the “Wong Shun Leung Way” in Europe. He then traveled to Europe for seminars every year, staying there for up to two months at a time. As for Australia, Wong first went there in February of 1986 to conduct his inaugural seminars there. In total, between then and 1994, Wong Shun Leung traveled to Australia four more times. One could well say that this was a high point in Wong’s Ving Tsun career, moreover, it remained so on into the 1990s.

From the mid-1980s onwards, foreign students from many different nations came to Wong Shun Leung’s school in Hong Kong for training. One of Wong’s student, Cliff Au Yeung (one of the authors of this article), became Wong’s chief translator in order to overcome the language barrier, both in Hong Kong and in his teacher’s travels to Europe for seminars on at least two occasions. Several of Wong Shun Leung’s students of this period, such as Chiu Hok Yin and Li Hang Cheong, became successful Ving Tsun instructors in present day Hong Kong.

The 1990s: a Dragon returns home, a Hero goes to heaven

The school in Nathan Road had to be closed in 1988 because of rental problems, so Wong began using the ‘Ving Tsun Athletic Association’ premises for running his classes, remaining there until 1997. Mr Leung Man To, a good friend of Wong Shun Leung as well as a famous martial arts researcher especially interested in Chinese wrestling, respected Wong very much indeed for his knowledge, ability and experience in Ving Tsun Gung-fu. With his connections in China, in 1996 Mr Leung organized a seminar in Beijing, China. It had been Wong’s long time desire to reacquaint the Chinese people with the Ving Tsun system, especially since it had become so successfully introduced to Hong Kong by Ip Man, and eventually to the rest of the world, yet little known to the Chinese people in its homeland. By doing so, Wong hoped to see Ving Tsun regain the fame and popularity that he felt it deserved, and so he made his first trip to the capital, Beijing, on August 12th of that year, accompanied by his student Li Hang Cheong and Mr Leung Man To. It was a very successful trip, with many famous Chinese martial artists amongst his audience, while a well known martial arts magazine, ‘Martial Soul’, ran a series of articles about Wong Shun Leung and his exploits. While in Beijing, Wong was also able to demonstrate his theories on the‘ Science of Ving Tsun Pugilism’ as well as presenting his article ‘A Discussion of the Science of Ving Tsun Pugilism’ which described the essence of Ving Tsun theory, based upon his many years of practicing and researching the system.

By October of the same year, the ‘Chinese National Sports Control Centre’ and ‘Martial Soul’ magazine, together with the sponsorship of the Hong Kong ‘VTAA’, again invited Wong Shun Leung to Beijing to conduct the first ever such presentation which was named the ‘1996 All China Ving Tsun Gung-fu Short Course’. This historical event was headed by Wong who was accompanied by ten of his Hong Kong and European-based students (these included Chan Kim Man, Ma Chung Sing, Li Hang Cheong, Wong Kwong Yung, Law Wing Tak, Fong Si Lai, Wong Fei, and others), and they all played an important role in bringing Ving Tsun Gung-fu back to the mother country. (Note from the translator: I met si-suk Wong on the street in Mongkok shortly after his return from this trip and he exclaimed, “I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy, but they really tested me out and showed no mercy to this elderly man.”)

According to Mrs. Wong, before her late husband made his trips to China, he prepared everything with great care and attention, while at the same time still carrying on with the teaching of his classes. All of this, plus a lot of social activities, left Wong extremely fatigued. On January 12th, 1997, while at a gathering of his Ving Tsun brothers at the ‘VTAA’ , he collapsed into a coma and was rushed by ambulance to the Kwong Wa Hospital where he remained until his death some 16 days later [January 28th 1997, at 3.07 p.m]. During this time, many of his friends, students, both local and overseas-based, came to show their concern of his situation, and ultimately, pay their last respects at his funeral after he passed away on the afternoon of the 28th of January, having never regained consciousness in his 62nd year. [He died at the age of 61. ]


Wong Shun Leung Lineage Instructors/Sifus:
Sifu Pictures Homepage Generation* Lineage** Notes: Rank:
Wong Shun Leung 黃惇樑 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 site 2 First Yip Man ->
Wong Shun Leung
old Lineage Pic
1935-1997. Known as “Gong Sau Wong”, or “King of Talking with the Hands”, due to the fact he fought a bunch of challenge matches in the 50's and 60's and never lost.  He is the man that really put Wing Chun on the map.  Yip Man's 4th Disciple. full bio Most pictures from Philipp Bayer's site and Gert-Jan Ketelaar's Site.  They have some more on there if you check them out. Master of System under Yip Man
Wong Shun Leung -> Attilio Reale
Wong Shun Leung -> Attilio Reale -> Dusan Drazic
Wong Shun Leung -> Barry Lee
Wong Shun Leung -> Barry Lee -> Bill Dowding
Wong Shun Leung -> Barry Lee -> Lars Ender
Wong Shun Leung -> Barry Lee -> Oliver Grams
Wong Shun Leung -> Barry Lee -> Robert Vogel Jr.
Wong Shun Leung -> Chui Hock Yin
Wong Shun Leung -> Clive Potter
Wong Shun Leung -> Clive Potter -> Alan Gibson
Wong Shun Leung -> Clive Potter -> Michael Street
Wong Shun Leung -> Clive Potter -> Michael Street -> Stephen Joffe
Wong Shun Leung -> David Peterson
Wong Shun Leung -> David Peterson -> Enzo Verratti
Wong Shun Leung -> David Peterson -> Ged Kennerk
Wong Shun Leung -> (David Peterson) -> John Smith
Wong Shun Leung -> Ernest Höfler
Wong Shun Leung -> Ernest Höfler -> Lars Ender
Wong Shun Leung -> Ernest Höfler -> Oliver Grams
Wong Shun Leung -> Gary Lam
Wong Shun Leung -> Gary Lam -> Ernie Barrios
Wong Shun Leung -> Gary Lam -> Gregory LeBlanc
Wong Shun Leung -> Gary Lam -> James Roller
Wong Shun Leung -> Gary Lam -> Ulrich Stauner
Wong Shun Leung -> Gary Lam -> Werner Leuschner
Wong Shun Leung -> Naser Rexhbogaj
Wong Shun Leung -> Naser Rexhbogaj -> Denis Fossion
Wong Shun Leung -> Ng Chun-Hong
Wong Shun Leung -> Nino Bernardo
Wong Shun Leung -> Nino Bernardo -> Franco Regalzi
Wong Shun Leung -> Nino Bernardo -> Franco Regalzi -> Emilio Grasso
Wong Shun Leung -> Nino Bernardo -> Guy Cofie
Wong Shun Leung -> Nino Bernardo -> Lucas Castrounis
Wong Shun Leung -> Nino Bernardo -> Michael Louison
Wong Shun Leung -> Nino Bernardo -> Renzo Tat
Wong Shun Leung -> Nino Bernardo -> Santi Pascual
Wong Shun Leung -> Nino Bernardo -> Wilfrid Raimond
Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer
Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Daniel Engelberger
Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Desmond Spencer
Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Ed Blom
Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Gert Jan Ketelaar
Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Gert Jan Ketelaar -> Barnoud Vos
Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Gert Jan Ketelaar -> Hani Sabbagh
Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> (Gert Jan Ketelaar) -> Dave Van Der Poel
Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Guido Tan
Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Kevin Gladhill
Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Han Brens
Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Krunoslav Bagadur
Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Michael Kurth
Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Nedret Kýlýç
Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Sven Scheffen
Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Tom Duchrow
Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Wil Visser
Wong Shun Leung -> Steve Lee Swift
Wong Shun Leung -> Steve Lee Swift -> Justin Chase Och
Wong Shun Leung -> Tommy Yuen Yim Keung
Wong Shun Leung -> Tommy Yuen Yim Keung -> Alvin So
Wong Shun Leung -> Tommy Yuen Yim Keung -> Fung Man
Wong Shun Leung -> Tommy Yuen Yim Keung -> Fung Man -> Lee Man Hung
Wong Shun Leung -> Tommy Yuen Yim Keung -> Oliver Grams
Wong Shun Leung -> Tommy Yuen Yim Keung -> Sherry Fong
Wong Shun Leung -> Tommy Yuen Yim Keung -> Taksee Ma
Wong Shun Leung -> Victor Koo
Wong Shun Leung -> Victor Koo -> Michael Quijano
Wong Shun Leung -> Wan Kam Leung
Wong Shun Leung -> Wan Kam Leung -> Alan Gibson

Here are some more Wong Shun Leung Lineage Students/Sifus I have yet to add to the lists:
Philipp Bayer -> Wil Visser -> Borja;   
Wu Chun Lam:
Cliff Au Yeung:
John Smith:
Enzo Verratti:
Jean Marc Noblot & Chan Keo:
Carsten Werhan/Lars Ender/Oliver Grams:
Tom Maslen:
Lucas Castrounis:
Ged Kennerk's
Anthony Kan - homepage


WSL Lineage Schools


Colorado (top)

Centerline Martial Arts
Unit 102, 4949 North Broadway
Boulder, CO, 80304
720 933 6011
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung -> Michael Street -> S. Joffee
Run By: Stephen Joffee
School located in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, USA; right on the Rocky Mt front range - altitude 5543ft. A world class training center, strictly no fluff & nonsense. Trainer to 19th special forces US Army & Utah, Arizona SWAT.

  New York  (top)

Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun System - VTKFAE
Fighthouse Gym
122 West 27th St 2 floor [ 6 & 7 aves ]
New York, NY  10011
Yip Man - Victor Kan / Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer ->
Run By: Kevin Gledhill
Kevin Gledhill started Ving Tsun training in 1984 under V Kan in London UK and now training under Sifu Philipp Bayer a student of the late GM Wong Shun Leung .Now teaching in NYC.

  Australia  (top)

Wing Chun Chinese Boxing Club
316a Victoria Street.
Brunswick, Victoria,  3056
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung -> David Peterson -> Enzo Verratti
Run By: Enzo Verratti
Illawarra Ving Tsun School
* see notes
+61 408-259-740
Ip Man -> Wong Shun Leung > (David Peterson) > John Smith
Run by: John Smith
* Tuesday: 63 Railway Street CORRIMAL. All Natural Therapies Clinic. 7:00pm until 9:00pm
* Wednesday. 29 Cedar Ridge Road KIAMA. 7:00pm until 9:00pm
* Saturday: 63 Railway Street CORRIMAL. All Natural Therapies Clinic. 1:00pm until 3:00pm


Ving Tsun Kung Fu Assn. Europe
Wulffstr. 15
Menden / Sauerland, Nordrhein Westfalen  58706
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer
Run by: Philipp Bayer
A more complete list of Philipp Bayer schools are listed below.
Ving Tsun Schule Schriesheim
Heidelbergerstr. 21
Schriesheim (nähe Heidelberg), Baden Würtemberg  69198
0175 - 9363583 
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung -> (Ernest Höfler & Yuen Yim Keung & Barry Lee) -> Lars Ender
Run by: Lars Ender
Dienstag: 19.00 - 22.00 Uhr
Mittwoch: 19.00 - 21.00 Uhr (freies Training)
Donnerstag: 19.00 - 22.00 Uhr
Samstag: 16.00 - 18.00 Uhr
Ving Tsun Schule Wiesbaden
0179 - 11 09 560
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung -> (Ernest Höfler & Yuen Yim Keung & Barry Lee) -> Oliver Grams
Run by: Dr. Oliver Grams M.D.
Montag  20.00 - 22.30 Uhr
Mittwoch 20.00 - 22.30 Uhr
Martial Arts Center
Sedanstr. 29
Muenchen, Bavaria  81667  Germany
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung ->
Attilio Reale -> Dusan Drazic
Run by: Dusan Drazic

  Greece  (top)

Ving Tsun Kung Fu Greece (Philipp Bayer's Site)
Papanastasiou 251
Heraklion, Crete   71409
0030 6945 905885
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Sven Scheffen
Run by: Sven Scheffen
Sven started Ving Tsun training in 1994.Is currently representing the VTKFAE
in Greece.


Martial Arts Healing Academy
Sal. Nuova N.S. Del Monte 3
Genova, Italy 16121
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung -> (Nino Bernardo) -> Jean-Marc Noblot & Chan Keo -> Emilio Grasso
Run By: Emilio Grasso
Head of the Wing Chun B.A.S.E.(Body Mechanic Application for Self-Evolution) in Italy.


Associatie Wing-Chun Kung-Fu
Goudsbloemlaan 131
Den-Haag, Zuid-Holland  2565 CR
The Netherlands
Yip Man > Wong Shun Leung > Barry Lee -> Robert Vogel Jr.
Run By: Robert Vogel Jr.
Also: Yip Man -> Wang Kiu -> Robert Vogel Sr. -> Robert Vogel Jr.
Ving Tsun Kung Fu school Harderwijk
Tel: 06 20436015 B.g.g. 036 5234227
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Dave van der Poel
Run by: Dave van der Poel

Ving Tsun Kung Fu Association Europe - Duiven
Bergdravik 2
Duiven, Gelderland  6922 HM
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Han Brens
Run by: Han Brens

Ving Tsun Kung Fu Association Europe
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Ed Blom
Run by: Ed Blom

United Ving Tsun Kung Fu Society
A.Fokkerweg 2 A  1223 NA
Telefoon: 06-28265022
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung-> Philipp Bayer -> Gert-Jan Ketelaar
Run by: Gert-Jan Ketelaar
Gert-Jan is independent from Bayer's organization and is the founder of the UVTKFS.
Ving Tsun Zeewolde
Pioniersweg 22 Zeewolde (ECLIPS)
Tel: 06 44710628
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung-> Philipp Bayer -> Gert-Jan Ketelaar -> Barnoud Vos
Run by: Barnoud Vos
Volwassen vanaf 16 jaar
Dinsdag - 20.00 - 21.30 uur
Zaterdag - 17.30 - 19.00 uur
Jeugd: 6 t/m 8 jaar - Zaterdag - 15.00- 16.00 uur, 9 t/m 14 jaar Zaterdag - 16.15 - 17.15uur

  Spain  (top)

VTKFAE Tenerife, España
c.\ Valeriana nº 2, Tablero, Sta. Cruz de Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
00 34 656 884 200
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung -> Phillip Bayer -> Wil Visser
Run By: Wil Visser

Asociacion de Wing Chun Wong Shun Leung (Spain)
C/Pau Picaso Nº77
Mollet del Valles, Barcelona  08100
93 593 8466 
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung -> Nino Bernardo -> Santiago Pascual
Run by: Santiago Pascual
Sifu Santiago Pascual Martin is de first instructor of the Won Shun Leung system in Spain.

  United Kingdom  (top)

Stockport Wing Chun Academy
Hazel Grove, Stockport, Manchester
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung -> David Peterson -> Ged Kennerk
Run By: Ged Kennerk
Has been a committed instructor of the WSL Way under DMP for over 3 years.
The Warehouse
Near Finsbury Park
07753-386 356
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung -> Nino Bernardo -> Guy Cofie
Run By: Guy Cofie
(Private club, please contact Guy).

The Warehouse also benefits from the input of many of Nino's other senior students from the basement era.
Reading Academy Wing Chun & Kali Club
Cow Lane,Caversham
Reading, Berkshire
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung -> Nino Bernardo -> Lucas Castrunis
Run By: Lucas Castrunis

Ving Tsun Kung Fu Association Europe U.K. (Bayer's Site)
London, SE 20
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Desmond Spencer
Run by: Desmond Spencer
Student of Philipp Bayers since 1997. 
Sunday's at the Swiss Cottage Community Centre Trophy room, on Winchester Road Swiss Cottage NW3, times 2:30pm to 5:00pm.
Tuesday's and Thursday's in South London Area, Time's 8:00pm to 10:00pm.


Ecole Liegeoise de Ving Tsun
Salle l'Elan, Rue Delcloche 6
Liege, B-4000, Belgium
+32 477 42 22 37
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Gert-Jan Ketelaar -> Hani Sabbagh
Run By: Hani Sabbagh 
Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun Belgium.
Member of UVTKFS organization. 
Information: Michael Dreher
+49 (0)173-1935557


Tao Kwoon
Rue Bonaparte
Nice, Paris
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung -> Nino Bernardo -> Wilfrid Raimond
Run by:
Wilfrid Raimond
New Kwoon to open 2006/2007. Private tuition only until then.


Ving Tsun Kung Fu Association Europe
Engelgasse 65
Basel, 4005, Switzerland
0041 76 414 48 17
Yip Man -> Wong Shun Leung -> Philipp Bayer -> Daniel Engelberger
Run by: Daniel Engelberger

More Philipp Bayer Lineage Schools (only those not listed above)


Information: Dietmar Christl
+43 (0)1 9479112

Information: Branko Micic

Information: Dr Patrick Schauer
+43 (0)7242 74962

Information: Dr.Christian Wiunig
Tel: +43 (0)664 5048715


Information: Carl Hoek
+41 (0)41 3408210

Information: Gerhard Cahenzli
+41 (0)79-3530252


Information: Michael Kurth
+49 (0)521-763968 e-mail

Information: Sacha Mertens

Information: Oliver Schommler
+49 (0)172-8134195

Information: Guido Tan 
+49 (0)251 5389198

Information:Heino Peters
+49 (0)441 591111

Information: Lutz Komp
Tel: +49 (0)421 529240

Information: Ole Schünemann
+49 (0)40 22691854
+49 (0)162 7916939

Information: Tom Duchrow
+49 (0)511 871472

Information: Markus Knöll
+49 (0)176 25169757 

Information: Martin Ulrich
+49 (0)178 4540192

Information: Martin Heinrich
+49 (0)511-5428885
+49 (0)173-7729189

Information: Miguel Harrie
+49 (0)40-43270075
+49 (0)177-4592434

Information: Robert Wiegmann
+49 (0)4954-938548

Information: Eric Drechsler
+49 (0)251-2035577

Information:Nedret KILIÇ
(0)533 5249233


Information: Norbert Czakó
+36 (0)30 2445345


Information:Danijel Bicanic
+385 (0)51-681850
+385 (0)91-5412484


Information: Wil Visser
Tel: +34 (0)656 844200

Information: Borja Ruiz de Gauna Amato
+34 (0)600 435720


Information: Kevin Gledhill
+1 (0)917-757 7493 

Wong Shun Leung Lineage Articles:

Author Title
Links to Articles
Gary Lam The Wing Chun Double Knife Training-Baat Jaam Do, By Sifu Gary Lam with Gregory E. LeBlanc
Daniel O'Neill Wing Chun Dragon Pole Training-Got Power?
Gregory Le Blanc Gary Lam Lineage Articles
Gregory Le Blanc Wing Chun Power Training
Gregory Le Blanc Wing Chun's Chance Action Fighting
Gregory Le Blanc Wing Chun Qi Sao Training
Gregory Le Blanc Wing Chun Kicking and Footwork Training
Gregory Le Blanc Wooden Man Training-Fighting the Shadow Enemy
Gregory Le Blanc Gary Lam Wing Chun-An Introduction
Clive Potter Ving Tsun Files Download
Clive Potter Wong Shun Leung Kicking Methods
Clive Potter Wong Shun Leung and Bruce Lee
Barry Lee "Feel, Don't Think"
  Ving Tsun by Definition
  Wong Shun Leung Interview
  Interview with Ko Kin
Nino Bernardo


Wong Shun Leung Lineage Video Clips

Check out Beimo, a short feature film featuring Wing Chun and Gary Lam!

"BEIMO" Page

Gary Lam Videos:  These Videos link to Gary Lam's Site.


Bui Sao
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Pak Sao
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Lop Sao
MS Media Player

Tan Sao
MS Media Player

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Pushing (2)
MS Media Player

Qi Kerk
Apple QT Player or RealOne Player

Cover/Fok Sao
Apple QT Player or RealOne Player

Pak Sau
Apple QT Player or RealOne Player

Wong Shun Leung's Baat Jam Do
Apple QT Player

Apple QT Player

Apple QT Player

Apple QT Player

Dragon Pole training
Apple QT Player or Windows Media Player

Yip Man's Baat Jam Do
Apple QT Player


Ernie Barrios Videos (a Gary Lam Sifu) Heavy hitters, Leg Work, Multiple Opponents, Training... Chi Sao, Level 1 Drills, Freestyle, Applications Some More Gary Lam Videos
Ng Chun Hong Video Clips  Ng Chun Hong Video Clips (Wong Shun Leung Lineage)

Wong Shun Leung Lineage Forums:
Forum Name Homepage Description
Ving Tsun Forum forum About Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun Kung Fu.
A Philipp Bayer Wong Shun Leung Forum forum An English Section, but most is Dutch I think.
Wong Shun Leung: the man and his method forum Probably the best WSL Forum by far: "dedicated to the memory of Wong Shun Leung. Feel free to reminisce about the man and discuss his method of Ving Tsun."
"Gary Lam Wing Chun" Messages Private: "This group is dedicated to a friendly and free exchange of ideas on modern and traditional Wing Chun. All styles and forms of Wing Chun are welcome to post. This is an open, unmoderated forum of opinion, please be polite. Thank you."
  A Wong Shun Leung Forum forum tiny.  Like 1-3 posts.  Monitored by the Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun Association UK.
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Wong Shun Leung Lineage Videos/Books Now Offered At the Wing Chun Archive:

  Wong Shun Leung 1996 VTAA Sil Lum Tao Seminar
Own a piece of Wing Chun history with this RARE Footage of WSL teaching Sil Lim Tao, just a year before his death. This was a limited run DVD and has SOLD OUT.
  Wong Shun Leung 1996 Beijing Chum Kiu Seminar
Own this priceless gem of WSL teaching the Chum Kiu form and application.  Bonus footage of WSL teaching the Dummy is included.
 This was a limited run DVD and has SOLD OUT.

Clive Potter DVDs [ORDER Clive Potter DVDs HERE]

Siu Lin Tao Seminar
An in-depth study of the Ving Tsun first form.  The entire form Siu Lin Tao explained with comprehensive explanations and examples.  Clive Potter with the help of his Assistant Senior Instructor, Adam Cope giving a seminar at his Ving Tsun school in St. Albans, UK. $44.99 PAL Contains Private Footage of Wong Shun Leung Doing Some of Sil Lum Tao in Intro.
Chum Kiu Seminar
An in-depth study of the Ving Tsun second form.  The entire form Chum Kiu explained with comprehensive explanations and examples.  Clive Potter with the help of his Assistant Senior Instructor, Adam Cope giving a seminar at his Ving Tsun school in St. Albans, UK. $44.99 PAL Contains Private Footage of Wong Shun Leung Doing Some of Chum Kiu in Intro.
Dummy Seminar
An in-depth study of the Ving Tsun Wooden Dummy form. The entire form Dummy explained with comprehensive explanations and examples. Filmed on location at the Wing Tsun school of Alan Gibson in Southampton. $44.99 PAL Contains Private Footage of Wong Shun Leung Doing Some of the Dummy in Intro.

Gary Lam DVDs [ORDER Gary Lam DVDs HERE]

 New!   DVD : LEVEL I : SIU NIM TAO I & II    New!
This DVD is a must. Gary Lam describes the techniques, applications and structure of this all-important form. You'll feel almost as if you were part of this DVD in which Sifu Lam reveals all of the secrets of the foundation of Wing Chun.   He's held nothing back, revealing and explaining not only the SIU NIM TAO form, but also it's lethal street application. 
Approx. : 123 minutes  $59.95
DVD : Seminar : Fighting Strategy
Fighting tips from an all Kung-Fu Champion. Sifu Gary Lam's insightful seminar on the skills, the plans and the tips you need to improve your overall fighting. Each insight is based on his personal fighting experiences in the ring-and on the street. Now's your chance to gain valuable, realistic fighting knowledge from one of the world's best!
Approx. : 110 minutes $29.95
DVD : Seminar : The Philosophy Of Wing Chun Fighting
 In this seminar, Sifu Gary Lam offers an exciting and detailed explanation of how the five elements ( water, wood, fire, earth and metal ) apply directly to this martial art. If you are an advanced Wing Chun practitioner, be sure to add this gem to your DVD collection.
Approx. : 95 minutes $39.95
DVD : Devastating Chi-Sao CROSSING HAND System
Sifu Gary Lam takes you step by step in revealing all the basics of Wing Chun's relentless and smothering attacks. Learn how to effectively cross your opponents hands, making his most aggressive maneuvers useless, as well as how to strike, push and pull with devastating effectiveness.  Beginner and advanced Wing Chun practitioner will benefit greatly from this DVD.
Approx. : 89 min $49.95
DVD : Devastating Chi-Sao CROSSING HAND System 2
Sifu Gary Lam takes you to the next step in revealing Wing Chun's advanced, brutal, incapacitating attacks. Learn how to effectively control your opponent's Centerline, as well as to break his Power Points. You'll also learn the six actions of effective Double-Hand Pushing, or Po Pai, a forgotten technique that Sifu has reintroduced to practitioners in the US. 
Approx. : 58 minutes $49.95
DVD : Wing Chun Kicking 1 Instructional
Wing Chun kicking? Many have heard of its devastating power, but few know its secrets. Sifu Gary lam explains and demonstrates proper Wing Chun kicking techniques, step by step. When properly executed, these kicks can be the most deadly fight-stopping actions you’ve ever seen ! Now you, too, can know what was reserved in the past for the select few.
Approx. : 43 minutes $49.95
DVD : Awesome Kicking Technique Instructional (Kicking 2)
Sifu Gary Lam explains and demonstrates awesome kicking techniques frequently use in real life fighting. Explaining how to apply and defend against kicks drawn from a number of disciplines, each section packs in actions and critical information to help you swiftly add legs to your fighting arsenal.  Including intense workouts on a simple tire and the sand bag. Approx. : 45 minutes $39.95
DVD : The Complete System Of Wooden Dummy
The traditional form has 108 movements, but this has been expanded to 138 by Sifu Lam's teacher, Wong Shun Leung, with Grand Master Yip Man's approval based on his years of challenge matches (Beimo). Sifu Gary Lam not only teaches all of the fundamental technique in this DVD, but also breaks down each section to provide detail explanation of each move & its application.
 101 m $59.99
DVD : Backyard Wing Chun Chi Sao Series # 1
In BACKYARD CHI SAO SERIES # 1, Sifu Gary Lam demonstrates his famous PAK SAO, PAK SAO DEFENSE, FUNG HAO, CHANGING & COVER HANDS ACTIONS. Footage were recorded in Sifu Lam's backyard without any professional visual or audio enhancement. Collectors will be happy to know that each DVD is individually autographed by Sifu Gary Lam. Approx. : 35 minutes  $25.00
DVD : Secret Hands Of Wing Chun "Pho Phai"
In a rare backyard CHI-SAO demonstration footage. World renown Sifu Gary Lam unveils the SECRET HANDS OF WING CHUN " PHO PHAI " for the very first time. Everything is unedited, uncut and uncensored. A must see for all Wing Chun enthusiasts ! Collectors will be happy to know that each DVD is individually autographed by Sifu Gary Lam.
Approx. : 30 minutes  $25.00

Alan Gibson DVDs [ORDER Alan Gibson Books and DVDS HERE]

Alan Gibson studied the WSL method after learning Ip Chun's system. The Videos are a bit of a mix, I believe.
 see here Beginning Wing Chun
 see here Wing Chun - Master's Seminar
Wing Chun - In a Class of its Own
A unique and refreshing insight into the Wing Chun system; Siu Lim Tao and Chum Kiu forms are studied. All the major drills and theories are investigated from the beginners perspective and illustrated with explosive applications. 60 mins. PAL $44.99
Wing Chun: Keeping It Real
A spectacular, brand-new VHS video and DVD featuring the wooden dummy form and application. Followed by pressure testing drills, demonstrating how you can safely train your Wing Chun under 'real fight stress'. PAL $44.99
Improving Wing Chun: Forms
Does exactly what it says on the box. All six Wing Chun forms (Sil Lum Tao, Chum Kiu, Biu Jee, Mook Yan Jong, Bot Jaam Do, and Luk Dim Boon Kwan) are demonstrated clearly from start to finish, in three camera angles to facilitate easy and accurate learning. There is also a general commentary and description of each form to improve not your technique, but your understanding also. 30 mins.  PAL $27.99
Improving Wing Chun: Chi Sao
A comprehensive demonstration of how to train and improve your fighting skill through Chi sau. With a running comentary and changing camera angles, this film is set to become the new benchmark for quality in instructional martial arts films.  PAL $44.99

Improving Wing Chun: Drills
This DVD focuses on honing your reactions through Drills.  It is a must have! 
All the major Wing Chun drills (and some you won't have seen before) demonstrated and explained. Clearly filmed and explained, from multiple angles to facilitate easy and accurate learning. PAL $44.99

Why Wing Chun Works
Why Wing Chun Works is an essential training aid for anyone thinking about, or already studying Wing Chun. The Wing Chun system has many logical and systematic learning methods, similarly this book is divided into sections to facilitate the learning process, and to make cross referencing simple. Why Wing Chun Works will also prove invaluable for other experienced martial artists wishing to broaden their horizons by studying different arts. This book explains; how Wing Chun works, why it is so effective in practice and why its methods are so different to other arts. 160 pages.
Why Wing Chun Works II: Simple Thinking, Intelligent Fighters
In Simple Thinking: Intelligent Fighters Alan explains how individual techniques and positions evolve as a result of the underlying Wing Chun concepts, and the forces we are likely to meet in combat.  There is lots of beautiful and detailed photography, and the clearly explained text describes how the fighting applications relate to Wing Chun theory. This book will undoubtedly become an invaluable reference work, both for Wing Chun practitioners and to all other thinking martial artists.   160 pages. Forewords by Dave Peterson and Clive Potter.
Why Wing Chun Works III: The Wing Chun Forms: Combat Textbooks
This time, we are taken us on a detailed journey through the first two "empty-hand" forms and the unique Wooden Dummy form. The entire Wooden Dummy form is illustrated in numbered pictures. After finishing this book, the reader will not only have a detailed knowledge of the depth of the information contained within the forms, they will also have been inspired to discover ever greater insights into the Wing Chun personal combat system, and have at their disposal a superb reference which they will refer to for inspiration again and again. This book is a must for every martial arts library. 160 Pages.

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