Hung Kuen Kung Fu
accepted originator of Hung Kuen is Hung Hei Geung. Hung was taught
the tiger style by Gee Sim (one of the five ancestors from the Shaolin
Hung Kuen or Hung Gar
is a form of Shaolin Kung Fu. The Shaolin style was developed in
the Shaolin temple by monks after observing animals at play, hunting
The moods and movements of these animals were imitated
for health and self defence techniques. Five main animals were studied,
each animal with there own attributes.
Tiger techniques to develop the bone
Crane techniques for sinew training
Snake techniques for chi
Dragon techniques for spiritual movement
Leopard techniques to give speed
The animals were added to the five elements of
earth, wood, water,
fire and metal to form 10 pattern Hung
Hung Kuen is classed as an external
style of fighting. Whilst true for combat, during practice Hung
Kuen strives to use internal energy or Chi. This energy
is centred at a point just below the navel called the Dantien. Through
correctly supervised training this energy can be moved to different
parts of the body: punching or blocking requires this energy travels
down the arm to the fist or the forearm. In each case the energy
gives force to the technique and at the same time protects the body
The style develops the body and strengthens limbs.
The internal trains the mind by special breathing called iron wire
(Tid Sin). This training provides health and fitness to defend against
The style is taught as a sequence of moves, known
as a form. Each form develops body co-ordination and breath control.
They range from simple basic moves to complex techniques bringing
together body and mind. The aim is to increase self-confidence and
give physical and mental health.
To ensure the continuation of the style, etiquette
must be maintained at all times. Respect to the ancestors and teachers
is taught: without them there would be nothing to learn or practice.