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Zi Sin

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Zi Sin

The exact location of the Southern Shaolin Temple is unclear, but the temple is said to have been located in the province of Fujian or Guangdong. At that time there were many Buddhist temples, almost each one had one or more martial art halls.

According to legend, five monks were able to flee during the destruction of the Southern Shaolin Temple. One of them was the abbot, Zi Sin Sin Si.

He hid in different places and taught different people in his martial art. It was always about teaching the people about martial arts and thus supporting the resistance against the government of the Qing Dynasty. To do this, the ability to defend itself had to be conveyed as quickly as possible. Often Zi Sin was only in one place for a few months before he had to move on.

The sources of the Siu Lam Wing Chun date back to places in Guangdong province. Among others, Zi Sin taught in Dungguan Loeng Bok Lau, in Foshan he taught Yeung Tim. On the boat of a Guangdong opera group he taught Wong Waa Bou and Loeng Ji Dai. In Qing Yuen he hid in the Buddhist Fei Loi temple and taught Tang Bun and Tang Zau, in Guangxi he taught Jim Ji Gung, passed the Guangxi Ba Bai mountain and taught another pupil in Longcheng, whose name was Long.

Whether the monk’s name was ultimately Zi Sin, and whether these oral traditions were always about one and the same monk, remains unclear. To date, there is no documented evidence of this.

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Exactly four years ago our group has visited the home village of the Tang family such as from Tang Bun, Tang Zau, Tang Syun and Tang Yik. Here we had a great talk and exchange with the very warm-hearted Tang Kwok Lan who was the last student of Tang Yik when he was back to the home village to pass away. To meet also Tang Kwok Lan’s wife was a great pleasure. Tang Kwok Lan told us that in the past a gentleman called Taam Hou Cyun (I hope I write it correct) taught in the Tang village when Tang Syun was in Hongkong. This was about 1909/1910. I understand this as a fact that in the past Wing Chun and Weng Chun lineages and also from other styles worked together to improve and enhance their skill and art. This was always important to keep the art alive. Like we do today. Tang Kwok Lan was very impressed, such as we have been, and he requested me to keep the art alive and to pass it on, as there are only few people left nowadays who have the understanding. I gave him the promise. It was a great honour! 🙏 ...

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When I see this I have to think of the street restaurants in Hongkong 😁 ...

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Three years ago our group travelled to Siu Tong, the home village of the Tang family, the extremely friendly Tang Kwok Lan, the last disciple of Tang Yik showed us the houses of Tang Bun and Tang Zau, who learned the family art from a Shaolin monk in the middle of the 19th century. He showed us the house of Tang Syun and Tang Yik who brought the art to Hong Kong, and we were able to share our knowledge. A truly remarkable place, a historic site in Wing Chun history. 👍👍 ...

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Today, three years ago. Our group with 12 people, discovering the roots of our art. For the most of us it was a 5 weeks trip, with great experience, great training and great teachings. Here at Fei Loi Zi. Thanks to all my friends I met there 👋🙏 ...

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