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Master Chu Shong Tin was born in in the Kwong-tung Province of Mainland China. In November , he left China and settled in Hong Kong. During. This is Master Chu Song Tin’s last book. It comes in two volumes, and this is the first (published in ). The second was published in The book covers. Great Grandmaster Chu Shong Tin (Sigung Chu) was a closed door student of the legendary Yip Man who took Wing Chun Kung Fu to Hong Kong in

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The story started from the end of The then Master Ip and I had the same background — coming to Hong Kong alone at nearly the same time. Thus we echoed shonv sharing and felt close to each other. Ip was both solemn and humorous — characteristics admired by me. He was of high caliber in martial arts, yet remained humble, always radiating the glamour of a highly chh Confucian — the virtue, not only admired, but worshipped by me.

Although I liked exercising — for enhancing bodily strength and health — I was not particularly fond of martial arts. Continuously urged by Liang Xiang TN: Lok Yiu in Cantonesemy two seniors in Wing Chun learning, also substantiated by my growing knowledge in Wing Chun, I at last devoted myself to becoming a formal disciple of Ip.

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From then on I lived together with Shojg for as long as five years. Ip is of high virtues yet humorous, fond of using banter sentences and apt allusions, bringing knowing smiles as well as bursting laughter to many who could not contain their appreciation. Some instances are shared hereafter.

Once Ip asked a disciple a worker of the Union at that time to buy some fresh-cut tobacco for him. The disciple took up the task, but reluctantly — he went away for more than shon hour. When he returned, showing up at the doorway, Ip immediately said: It is shaped like a duck.


There is a handle, like an ear, for easy grabbing by the elderly using it for urinating at nights. In another instance, someone was spouting off about things, not respecting the elders present. Although I had been his disciple and lived together with him for years, he did not even allow me to take care of his laundry. Sometimes we would prepare meals on our own. However, he always insisted on cooking together.

Ip did not engage in hobbies during leisure time. Occasionally when he went to Macau TN: His luck hsong not bad and he usually won a prize.

My Teacher, Ip Man

He did have a habit, though, the habit that I mostly hesitated to accompany him to enjoy: At that time I was still young and was not used to going bed late. There we sat down to rest for about half an hour before returning. Ip said the night walks could help one fall asleep. I would almost fall asleep right away, while he still wanted to further chat with me — I could only reply up to the third sentence at most before slipping into my dreams.

Ip was optimistic with a youthful heart. He seldom expressed grief and sadness except when occasionally thinking of his family during Chinese festivals. Most of the time he was humorous and often told jokes with a youthful heart. One night in deep winter, Ip and a number of disciples including myself had had a late-night snack. Ip, with his childlike playfulness at work, suddenly got an idea: The crowd of more than ten people marched to the hut — stones were hailed non-stop, the banging sound echoed unceasingly, backdropping the shouts to Li that Ip wanted to see him.


Li came out embarrassingly — still putting on his trousers — while screaming loud to respond. All of us dispersed like the wind, leaving Li caught between tears and laughter. From then on Ip was coined the Naughty Old Man. Ip was dedicated to teaching Wing Chun for more than 20 years. Many of his disciples have also established their own teaching careers.

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Some of them have even taken Wing Chun to flourish overseas. In later years Ip planned to retire, freeing himself from laborious routines. He stopped his teaching works and did not take ti students publicly. During his additional leisure time, he was fond of playing mahjong TN: As far as I know, Ip never played mahjong with others except his disciples and their students, nor had he ever patronised public mahjong entertainment establishments.

Since I followed Grandmaster Ip as a disciple, I have been influenced by him in various aspects. The Wing Chun martial art has also become my unceasing study for decades; my interest in it has not shoong even until now.

I have been bound by Wing Chun for my whole life, but I have no regrets. Springan outing of Grandmaster Ip Man with his students.

Grandmaster Ip Man is the second from the left of the front row; the first from the right of the back row is Master Chu Shong Tin. Photo taken inGrandmaster Ip Man is in the middle of the second row, the fifth from the right of the second row is Master Chu Shong Tin.

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