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What makes Siu Lam Wing Chun so special

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What makes Siu Lam Wing Chun so special

Loeng Zaan Wing Chun

Most Wing Chun schools nowadays go back to Ip Man, which has gained great fame through the Ip Man films. The Ip Man Wing Chun, which goes back to Loeng Zaan (Leung Jan), was the first Wing Chun to be taught to Westerners and includes the following hand forms:

  1. Siu Lim Tao
  2. Cham Kiu
  3. Biu Zi

The first form Siu Lim Tao, translates as “little idea.” There are many theories as to where the origin of the name lies. The curriculum also includes double knives, the so-called Baat Cham Dao form, and the longpole, which goes by the name Luk Dim Bun Gwan. There is also a wooden dummy form.

Ip Man explained in a 1972 interview in Martial Hero Magazine that the Loeng Zaan Wing Chun and the Siu Lam Wing Chun have nothing to do with each other, except the randomly similar spelling and the longpole, which bears the same name in both styles, Luk Dim Bun Gwan (6.5 Points Longpole). In addition, there should be the Loi Lim Sau and the so-called Inch Force in both styles.

The Chinese characters for Ip Man’s “Wing Chun”: 詠春 “Sing a Song about Spring / Beautiful Spring”

Siu Lam Wing Chun

The Chinese Characters of Siu Lam “Wing Chun”: 永春 (Everlasting Spring)

The hand forms of the Siu Lam Wing Chun go back to the Lo Family, Tang Family and Fung Siu Cing. These are:

  1. Wing Chun Kyun (Tang Family)
  2. Saam Baai Fat (Lo Family)
  3. Soeng Gung (Tang Family) or Zong Kyun (Fung Siu Cing)

The first form is called Wing Chun Kyun and gives the martial art its name, the “Fistfight of the Everlasting Spring.”

Further there are two wooden dummy sets, one from Fung Siu Cing, one from the Tang Family, which origin from the same source, as such as the longpole form that origins from the Tang Family.

All the more amazing is …

… that lately more and more Wing Chun lines originating with Ip Man and the Ip Man Curriculum, well, contrary to the statements of Ip Man, Siu Lam or Shaolin use in their name. Because anyone can check whether the line teaches the Siu Lam Wing Chun Curriculum or not.

Cultural Heritage

In the First Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory of Hong Kong, our art, the  Siu Lam Wing Chun Kyun / Shaolin Weng Chun Kuen is registered as No. 3.64.1. Grandmaster Chu Chung Man goes back to the curriculum of Fung Siu Cing.

The Ip Man / Yip Man Wing Chun there has the No. 3.70.3.

For further information please take a look at the official Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage Office.


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