Two martial arts legends expound upon the origins of their respective martial arts in Part 1 of an adapted excerpt from their rare book, Wing Chun Kung Fu / Jeet Kune Do: A Comparison Vol. 1.
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One Girl's Impact on Wing Chun History Before the grandmasters' new form could be put into practice, the Shil Lim Temple was raided and burned by the Manchus. A nun named Ng Mui was the only survivor of the original five grandmasters. She passed her knowledge on to a young orphan girl whom she named Wing Chun. The name represented "hope for the future.” In turn, she passed her knowledge on to her husband. Through the years, the style became known as wing chun. Its techniques and teachings were passed on to a few carefully selected students. William Cheung's Role in Wing Chun History In 1950, Yip Man started to teach this style of kung fu in Hong Kong. One of his first students was William Cheung, now the head of the Global Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu Association. To be continued in "Ted Wong and William Cheung on Wing Chun History and Jeet Kune Do Origins (Part 2)." Here's a sneak peek!
Origins of Jeet Kune Do Although Wing Chun Kung Fu / Jeet Kune Do: A Comparison Vol. 1 deals solely with wing chun and jeet kune do, it is advisable to research the whole spectrum of Bruce Lee’s martial art in the context of his life in general — from his beginnings in wing chun to his modifications with Jun Fan kung fu (or, as he called it, "gung fu") to his own discovery of jeet kune do. In order to fully understand jeet kune do, you must understand Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee’s martial arts journey began in Hong Kong, where he learned wing chun as a tireless youngster, practicing the direct and economical close-range techniques of that style every chance he got. He trained diligently with his sifu, Yip Man, and seniors William Cheung and Wong Shun Leung. However, his training was cut short when, at age 18, his parents sent him to America to claim his United States citizenship.
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