Foshan Martial Arts
2014.05.20

Foshan martial arts culture is famous at home and abroad. Foshan is known as "the hometown of martial arts" and the main source of Chinese southern-style martial arts. Since the early Ming Dynasty,, Foshan martial arts has been quite popular. In the late Qing and the early Republic of China, Foshan martial arts became more colorful and there appeared a lot of famous martial arts masters and organizations of international influence. The widespread of Choy Li Fut , Hong and Wingchun in the world boxing rooted in Foshan, such as the famous martial arts master Huang Feihong, the master of Wing Chun--- Yip Man, the film and television star of martial arts --- Bruce Lee and his master both came from Foshan. In 2004, Foshan was awarded the title of "the city of martial arts"

At present, the "Yip Man, Wing Chun" has been Nanhai ,Foshan non-material cultural heritage. Yip Man’s elder son --- Yip Zhunyi has been always supporting the project.

Huang Fei-Hong (1856-1925) is one of the legendary martial artists in FoShan, He lived an adventurous life. The lion art martial arts gymnasium was built in memory of him in 1996 ,in which there are numerous halls exhibiting his former residence and his life stories, especially the lion dance performance. The Huang Fei-Hong Monument was built and opened to the public in January 2001. It is 5000 square meters and the building still maintains the style of the last century's Foshan residential ancestral hall. Huang Fei-Hong was born in Foshan, he was a martial artist, healer, and revolutionary who became a Chinese folk hero. A lot of movies, TV series, novels, Cantonese operas, comics and animations were based on him. Especially, the famous movies have been over 100 , which has created the World Genesis Records in 2001. The image of Huang Fei-Hong as a national hero has successfully grasped people's heart, and the monument hall has become a Mecca to his disciples from all over the world.

Yip Man (1892-- 1972) was born in the town of Sangyuan, Foshan. His family used to live in Lianxing Tantou Village of Luocun County. To avoid the rebellion of "Red Heads", his father moved the whole family to Sangyuan of Foshan. At the age of seven, Yip Man started the training with Chan Wah-shun, who was a well-known student of Wing Chun grandmaster Leung Jan (Liang Zan). At the age of 16, Yip Man left Foshan and moved to Hong Kong. He then attended St. Stephen's College to study foreign languages. Later he continued his training lessons from Leung Bik, son of his master's master Leung Jan. Since his arrival in Hong Kong in 1950, he taught Wing Chun in the work union of Kowloon hotels and this cemented his fame as a great martial artist. His students were from various walks, including members from the work union, members from union braches, workers from Kowloon, and foreign students studying in Hong Kong. Yip Man promoted Wing Chun throughout the world all by himself; therefore, his disciples called him Grandmaster Yip Man in honor of his efforts. His original name was Ye Jiwen, born in Foshan, 

Yip Man died of disease in December 1, 1972. Although 30 years has eclipsed since his death, his spirit remained and he is greatly honored by the later generations. Among all students of Yip Man, Kung Fu star Bruce Lee is of the greatest fame.

Yip Man was the first master (sifu) to teach the martial art of Wing Chun openly. He had several students who later became martial arts teachers in their own right, including Bruce Lee, Yip Man was the last Wing Chun student of Chan Wah-shun when he was 70 years old.

Bruce lee Memorial Hall has been open in his hometown ---Junan,Shunde Foshan. A great Bruce lee statue erected . The Statue of Bruce lee is as high as 18.8 meters, the upper body and arms are full of strength, with eyes brimming with vigor, a posture of combat.

Wing Chun (Chinese: 咏春; literally means "Spring Chant"), also romanized as Ving Tsun or "Wing Tsun" (and sometimes substituted with the characters for "eternal springtime") is a Chinese martial art that specializes in aggressive close-range combat.
  The characters (
永春) "forever spring" are also associated with some other southern Chinese martial arts, including Jee Shim Weng Chun (Yong Chun) and White Crane Weng Chun (Yong Chun).

Wing Chun was originally passed down from teacher to student orally rather than through written documentation, making it difficult to confirm or clarify the differing accounts of its creation. Some have sought to apply the methods of higher criticism to the oral histories of Wing Chun and other Chinese martial arts. Others have attempted to discern the origins of Wing Chun by determining the specific purpose of its techniques. Mentions of the art start to appear in independent third-party documentation during the era of the Wing Chun master Leung Jan, making its subsequent history and divergence into various branches more amenable to documentary verification.

Wing Chun techniques emphasize practicality and efficiency to maintain its ideals on effectiveness. Strikes are intended to injure or disrupt the target. Efficiency in Wing Chun is based on the concept that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Likewise its primary targets all lie along the "centerline" of one's opponent.

The spread of Hong boxing is mainly based on Huang Feihong’s boxing. Lin Shirong learn ed from Huang Feihong for 20 years  and moved to Hong Kong. He introduced Hong boxing abroad, which had a great influence both at home and abroad. YouHong boxing. Is regarded "Kung Fu". For decades, Now, Foshan Kung Fu has become the world's most popular traditional Chinese martial arts.