Lam Sai Wing

Lam Sai Wing came from Pingjau, Naamhoi, Gwongdung province in southern part of China where he was born in 1860. He served out as a butcher, he worked at a slaughterhouse for several years so that he’s known as a Butcher Lam in southern China till this time.

Art of kung fu was passing from generation on generation in the Lam family. Lam Sai Wing was first taught by his grandfather Lam Guei Chung, he continued with several other teachers until, when he was twenty two, became a student of Wong Fei Hung, who was already famous at that time. He learned kung fu with him more then twenty years.

Kung fu took him so much that he decided to teach this martial art apart from training it alone. He founded a successful school where he taught his students kung fu. During his career, there were a lot of teachers of martial arts who wanted to test him.

There are a lot of stories told about undefeatable Butcher Lam.

Once, an officer of Japan navy fleet joined Lam Sai Wing’s school. He was a champion in jiu jit su fight. He wanted to test Lam Sai Wing’s kung fu, so he didn’t say anything about himself and his knowledge of martial arts. After about a month of learning, he said to the master that kung fu can’t work in a real fight if the sets are practiced so slowly. He attacked Lam Sai Wing, caught his front leg in order to pull him down on the ground, whereupon Lam Sai Wing stepped forward with his back leg and he knocked out his rival with a technique of tiger claws. Amazed Japanese apologized and invited Lam Sai Wing to his ship. While the crew was saluting, he let to burn out a volley in honour of Lam Sai Wing.

Lam Sai Wing heard that some master known for his iron forearm slanders Lam Sai Wing’s kung fu. He set out on a trip to his school, tore down the signboard and broke it into two pieces. Angry teacher called on Lam Sai Wing for a duel. After change of several punches and blocks, Lam Sai Wing’s rival pretended to fall and attacked Lam Sai Wing with a side kick from the ground. But Lam Sai Wing didn’t let his rival to outflank him and broke his leg with a scissor block. Instead of slandering of Lam Sai Wing’s kung fu, the defeated teacher began to promote his traditional Chinese dit dar medicine preparations because they managed to heal the fractures caused by Lam Sai Wing. He managed to earn a lot of money this way.

Perhaps the most famous Lam Sai Wing’s fight took place in the Loksin theatre. Lam Sai Wing and a few of his students fell into a trap of a teacher of martial arts of competition. The owner passed a job of security of the theatre, which was till that time served by Lam’s people, on him without informing Lam Sai Wing. Superiority of several hundreds people armed with sticks rushed on a small group of Lam Sai Wing’s students. Lam Sai Wing’s students came out with tiny injuries. As for the second side, about eighty people suffered from serious injuries and were taken to hospital. Lam Sai Wing came out the fight without any injury.

The government wrote immediately out high reward for catching him, thus Lam Sai Wing was forced to hide in a neighbour province for some time. He didn’t come back until the Chinese Republic was founded.

In the same way as his teacher Wong Fei Hung, Lam Sai Wing began to teach martial arts in the army. In early days of the Republic, he was established as a main instructor of martial arts of Kuomintang army in Gwongdung province.

About 1926, Lam Sai Wing accepted an offer of a chairman of the Hong Kong association of butchers to become a teacher of martial arts and moved to Hong Kong where he founded Southern Center of Motion Culture. Lam Sai Wing taught his students all his skills and he tried to adapt kung fu to the era he lived in. He became a model for many other kung fu masters.

Lam Sai Wing added to original system of hung ka kung fu e.g. first sparring sets - gung ji deui chaak without weapons and with weapons eight trigrams stick of the fifth son.

Lam Sai Wing is also an author of three unique instructive books of hung ka kung fu explaining three forms of the hung ka style - gung ji fok fu kuen, fu hok seung ying kuen and titsin kuen.

 
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