Last year as part of the Triennial Setouchi Art Festival on the Japanese island of Shodashima, students from Musashino Art University constructed this awesome straw mammoth using rice straw donated by local farmers. Collaborations on large-scale pieces between artists and local resdents are a popular part of the festival. One look at this amazing mammoth tells us why.
A true grandmaster of Hung Gar/Hung Kuen and one of Wong Fei Hung’s original students, Lam Sai Wing.
After moving to Hong Kong, Lam began teaching Hung Gar and writing books on the three principle forms of the style. One of those students would end up being Lau Cham, the father of famed Shaw Brothers director, actor and choreographer, Lau Kar Leung.
Lam Sai Wing’s primary occupation was a butcher. Sound familiar? Yep, Sammo Hung portrayed him (albeit a very exaggerated version) in what many consider one of the greatest kung fu films of all time, “The Magnificent Butcher.”
Hung Gar and Hung Kuen still remain somewhat of a mystery to me, application wise but here’s a pretty interesting article focusing on the strengths of Hung Kuen’s five animal styles.
It’s pretty obvious why both styles have such rigorous finger, wrist and arm strengthening components when you see the grabs, holds and nerve point strikes involved.
I’d still like to see more application though…more “real world scenarios.” I understand Hung Gar has a huge and very important lineage but, to me, it seems like a style that is sold to the public through stances, training and conditioning rather than actual fighting. I genuinely like a foot in the door of Hung Gar in order to see it as the devastating combat system it’s meant to be.