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An extensive and revealing interview with Anthony Lam (Lam Chun Fai) and Hing Chao on Lam family Hung Kuen (Hung Gar). Explores the various historical accounts of the origins of the style and dispels many of the myths surrounding its growth and development. Discusses the lineage and most notable proponents of the system and its spread throughout China. Major contributions to the curriculum made by distinguished 20th-century Lam family martial artists are noted. The basic training methods and sequence of forms are presented along with a discussion of weapons routines, partner work, and fighting strategy. Lam Chun Fai, eldest son of Lam Cho, continues to teach Hung Kuen in Hong Kong. He is responsible for representing his family’s martial arts heritage and has dedicated his life to the promotion and advancement of the system. Hing Chao has been active in preserving the ethnic cultural heritage in China and Hong Kong. He founded the Hong Kong International Kung Fu Festival, launched in 2009 to celebrate the city’s unique martial arts culture. He also published the Journal of Chinese Martial Studies.
Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming began training in Taiwan at the age of 15 under White Crane Master Zeng Jin Zao. He also studied Tai Ji and Qi Gong with Kao Tao and Long Fist with Li Mao Qing. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics at universities in Taiwan, and in 1974 came to the United States to pursue a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, graduating in 1978. Becoming aware of the misconceptions in America about traditional Chinese arts and culture, he decided to abandon his engineering career and dedicate himself to preserving the arts and educating people about the culture. To this end, in 1982 he established Yang’s Martial Arts Association (YMAA) in Boston, Massachusetts, to teach traditional Chinese Gong Fu and Qi Gong. The organization has grown to some 45 schools in 18 different countries. Dr. Yang has written more than 30 books. His YMAA Publication Center promotes martial arts and Eastern culture through books, instructional videos and DVDs that have been translated into many languages. The YMAA retreat center in California offers seminars and instructor training.
Cha Quan is popular throughout Northern China and is one of the styles developed by the Hui People (China's Muslims). It is considered one of the 5 major Traditional Northern Long Fist systems which, along with Hua Quan, have served as the foundation for the development of Contemporary Wushu. This article on the Origins and Skills of Cha Quan provides an in-depth look at its origins, characteristics, and basic skills. Aspects such as the 16-Character Formula and the 10 Important Points are revealed in depth for the first time in the English language.