Lam Sai Wing
 
Lam Sai Wing ( 1860 - 1943 )

He was the most gifted disciple of the "folk hero" Wong Fei Hung, also known as "pork Lam, butcher Lam or Mr. tiger and crane". Lam Sai Wing inherited the Hung Kar style from his sifu and passed it on to his nephew current grandmaster Lam Cho. Some well - known students of Lam Sai Wing include Kwan Kun, Tam Chou, Cheung Si Bill, Lam Chi Sut, Tang Yee, Tang Fong, Wu Lap Fung, Wong Man Kai, Tang Hin Choi and Lau Cham. He followed Wong Fei Hung when his retired from his position as chief-instructor of the army of general Lau and established his own medicine clinic in Guanghou. Lam Sai Wing was the only one who tough all the essence of Hung Kar art by his sifu. This was because of their close relation, which was created after three years of persisted, trying of Lam Sai Wing because at that time Wong Fei Hung didn't want to teach anymore for some personal reasons. This acceptance was a great gift for Lam Sai Wing and in turn to prove his faith he sold his business (he was a pork merchant and hence his nick-names). Also he closed his martial school in which he taught his family styles "moon walk saber" and "arrow palm fist" and followed his sifu as in-door disciple. For many years studying Hung Kar, herbal medicine and dit dar (bone setting). At the time of Swen Tong, the second last emperor of Ching dynasty, Lam Sai Wing had three schools in Sai Kwan (south-east Kwantong province) and nobody could open a Kung fu school without his permission. A lot of true stories accompanied Lam Sai Wing's life makes him a legend of his time. He was a very proud personality and even though he was quite irritable but also fair and he had the moral code and the high principals as the way of living. His last
stories (and more significant ones) where during the last years of the Ching dynasty.
A well-known fighter named Lui Lung Sung opened a Kung fu school in Ho Park city and he was taking money from the sellers and the shops to allow them to work without damages and he became very repulsive as far as the people were concerned. Furthermore to increase his fame he was claiming that he could easily beat Lam Sai Wing. The news were spread afar even the army was interested in the final result. Lam Sai Wing run out of patience, went to Ho Park and broke the sign of Lui Lung Sang's Kung fu school and challenged him to prove his claims. After only a few minutes of fighting Lam Sai Wing broke his opponent's leg and made him to leave the area, where the citizens hailed him as their local hero "local hero". The funny thing was that some years later Lui Lung Sang come back to this territory, but this time selling herbs and medicines. In order to prove the quality of his medicine he used to recommend them saying that the leg that Lam Sai Wing had broken was now fine, because of them. After what happened the 5th army of Honan, kept a close eye on Lam Sai Wing's offering him a big salary and free of taxes for the position of chief-instructor but he refused. The commander of the regional army named Lee Sai Kwai, also known as Kung fu fighter and instructor, didn't like the reputation of Lam Sai Wing both for personal and official reasons and he was looking for a way to destroy his reputation and kill him. In the theatre of the Luk Sui city, the first row of the seats was always free for Lam Sai Wing and his closest disciples, who never paid for tickets because Lam Sai Wing helped with the establishment of the theatre. While Lam Sai Wing was away, some of his disciples went to the theatre with their fiancees. Not only they were asked to pay for their tickets but also the first row was occupied under the orders of Lee Sai Kwai who had also replaced the manager of the theatre with one of his people a few days before. When Lam Sai Wing returned from his holidays and his disciples informed him about this behavior he lost his temper and decided to go at the same time to the theatre. Lam's close disciples tried a lot to change his reaction as they felt that something very bad was about to happen, but the only that they succeed was the delay of this visit. After a few days of deep thinking and concentration Lam Sai Wing decided to solve by his self the problem and he felt to leak out the exact day of his visit to the theatre. Having the change he wanted, Lee Sai Kwai hired thirty (30) paid warriors from Sze Yup country (located in central-west China), since every warrior in Kwantong province know well Lam Sai Wing and didn't agree to accept the mission. He brought them to the city only one night before the event. At the night that Lam Sai Wing went with his students Kwan Kun, Tam Chou, Tang Fong and Tang Yee to watch the play, Lee Sai Kwai placed the thirty-armed warriors between the spectators at the square of the theatre. In the same time he surrounded the theatre with two hundred (200) soldiers to block any of Lam Sai Wing exit. As they enter to the theatre nobody asked to pay tickets and the first row was empty, so Lam Sai Wing though that was only a misunderstanding which was solved. They watched all the play without any problem but at their exit they saw a plate asked to pay tickets and an angry chat followed, which had as a result the armed warriors to attack Lam Sai Wing and his disciples. But he respond was very quick by breaking the central light of the theatre with a brick from the wall and the "battle" started. After a long bloody fight where over forty (40) people were killed or serious injured, Lam with his three disciples escaped with not important damages (except Tang Yee who stab in the back before the start of the fight outside of the theater) to a summer resort at a little city by the sea of south China. When the Army Officers learned about the incident they got angry and put a price on Lam's head for one thousand (1000) cold coins. Lam Sai Wing under the pressure of events decided to go by the sea and stay temporary to Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, Lam Sai Wing worked at first as night-guard and in the same time he was looking for his back since the 1000 gold coins brought a lot of "head hunters" in Hong Kong. At that time there were a lot of gangs in Hong Kong and Lam Sai Wing from his work, often could see them taking money from poor businessman who worked only to feed their family. This was against his moral values and some times even if he didn't had any personal reason he fought against them and some gangs even disappeared from the area. The news spread quickly around and the local businessman asked from the unknown skilled street-fighter (at that time) to work only for them. Lam Sai Wing soon became very popular especially when it was known who really was. He opened three (3) schools and wrote three (3) books for Hung Kar. Many students came to learn Hung Kar at his schools not only from Hong Kong but also from Singapore, Malay, Japan and Mainland China. At the age of seventy-five (75) he was invited to participate with his students at a Kung fu exhibition and was custom to present first the most skilled and known sifu. A powerful and younger sifu tried to change the way of introduction presenting him self before Lam Sai Wing, which made Lam Sai Wing angry and challenged him in frond of all the people with the phrase: "if you want to presented before me you should first fight with me".

Incidents like these made him a legend, his life has been made four (4) times movie, and the last was the "magnificent butcher" with Samo Hung. He died at the age of eighty-three (83) on the year of 1943, when he was with his nephew and closer assistant Lam Cho in his native land Nam Hoi Ping Chau of Kwantong province. Very few know how this legend dies. Actually he dies very peaceful. When he was at the hairdresser and before the hairdressing finish, his head turn on the side and gone of this life. Living in our hearts as an example of moral, courage, strength and devotion. Lam Sai Wing's Family Tree This lineage table was revised by the Lam Sai Wing Alumni Association between December 1951 and 1953. Lam Sai Wing had many disciples; therefore, we only put those students' names inside this table of their own free will. At that time, they had to submit their own personal biographical information and clearly indicate the school where they learned and whose students they were. The photos and other articles by Lam Sai Wing's students further corroborate this assertion. A biography of Lam Sai Wing, written in 1951 by his student, Wong Man Rai, states that Kwan Kun, Tam Chan, Tang Yee, and
Tang Fong were the students of Lam Sai Wing who accompanied the old master to the Lok Sin theater in Guang Shou, where they were ambushed by armed Ching government troops and fought their way out. In Lam Cho's biography, written in 1951 by Wong Man Rai, Lam Sai Wing's student. The biography lists Lam cho's students who were publicly teaching in Hong Kong in the 1950s: Chan Han Chung, Ho Si Kit, Chiu Kau, and Wong Lei.

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Lam Cho
 
Lam Cho

Grandmaster Lam Cho succeeded his uncle Lam Sai Wing as the heir of Hung Kar family. Because of his efforts his name is linked with Hung Kar's presence in Hong Kong, the metropolis of traditional Kung fu. Born in Nam Hoi Ping Chau Kwantong province.His skills on the art where reviled in young age. Because of his inheritance that he has but also has to win and why he growth up in an environment when enjoy, games, respect, safety passed through Hung Kar's way. As an orphan he was adopted and raised by his uncle Lam Sai Wing. His uncle loved him as his own son and taught him from the age of four (4) the authentic traditional Hung Kar and the art of traditional Chinese medicine.His skill was so well known, that people throughout the South referred to him as sifu even as a young man. Became teaching at the age of sixteen (16) at Lee Yuen Hill of Wan Chai, Hong Kong, in the "Southern Martial Arts Association" as "senior assistant" of his uncle. A few years later he established his own schools one in Sek Sui Kui Gai of Wan Chai and the other one in Mong Kok. It was a very rough time where war gangs and challenges ware an every day's reality. Students from Hong Kong territory and not only came to learn Hung Kar under the valuable guidance of Lam Cho; like Chan Hon Chang, Ho See Kit, Chiu Kau, Wong Lee. Those were the earliest students of Lam Cho who established their own schools in 1950's, with Lam Cho as director and chief-instructor. During the 2nd War Hong Kong was under the Japanese occupation with Lam Cho as a leadership physiognomy of the Chinese community. When Japanese invaded Hong Kong, grandmaster Lam Cho's studio burned down and fighting broke out all across the city. Grandmaster Lam helped maintain the peace and aided the people in their suffering and his deeds are still remembered to this day. When Hong Kong fell the Japanese forces went looking for grandmaster Lam Cho, so he returned in secrecy to his native village. When the people of his village heard of his return, they immediately entreated him to teach martial arts. Finally, after Hong Kong was liberated he returned to Hong Kong and set up his new studio in Mong Kok, where thousands of students trained. His closest disciples set up training centers to teach as well, those who had his teaching spread Hong Kong, Guanghzou and West; and the Hung Kar style became a shining example of excellence in Martial Arts field. His eldest son Lam Chun Fai now carries on his Hung Kar teaching. Some of Lam Cho's more notable students include Chan Hon Chung, Wong Lee, Chiu Kau, Tang Kwon Wah, Kwong Tit Fu, Lee Yat Ming, Kwon Back Sam and Wong Yiu Ching. All of them have opened up kung fu schools of great renown; now master Y.C.Wong's teaching carried in Europe from Czech Hung Kyun Association www.hungkyun.cz leaded by Ales Kocian and Pavel Macek. Lam Cho tough, gave medical care and served as national martial arts consultant for various unions and workers associations, like the Physical Culture Association, Boxes Association Union, Restaurant Workers Union. Grandmaster Lam Cho was well respected and was invited to give demonstrations for the Navy and the Army as well as for a lot of charities. Both Chinese and foreigners complimented his performances and his photo was soon appearing in the London newspapers. The school of martial arts spread through out the glove, enhancing the reputation of Lam family and the Hung Kar style as well as contributes in the expansion and development of Kung Fu. Since the beginning of the new millennium he is recognized as one of the last greatest Kung fu sifu and a pillar of Traditional Kung Fu worldwide. Still vigorous enjoys researching and discussing medicine and martial arts every day. Maintains Hung Kar school and dit dar clinic in Mong Kok of Hong Kong, with instructors his younger son Lam Chun Shing and elder disciples.
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Lam Chun Fai
 
Lam Chun Fai

He is the eldest son of Lam Cho, also godson of his great uncle Lam Sai Wing. Born in Hong Kong, he started practicing Hung Kar at the age of five (5) and teaching at the age seventeen of (17), as "chief instructor" in Lam Cho's and Lam Sai Wing's kung fu schools. Later on, he established his own Hung Kar school and dit dar clinic in North Point, Hong Kong. He has represented for over forty (40) years with his brothers, Lam's family Hung Kar with the best way, in all the big events of Kung fu in Hong Kong, the metropolis of shaolin kung fu. In 1974 he made the enter at a movie film with Lam Sai Wing's life with title "Budo Lum" and he was a gold medallist at a great invitational tournament held in 1986 in China. He worked as a manager of Wing On Bang, since he retired and he's dit dar (bone setting) specialist. He is an executive member of Hong Kong Wu Shu Union and Honor president and Principal of European Siu Lum Pai Hung Kar Federation He often travels all over the word, invited to teach in seminars and give demonstrations held in Hawaii, L.A, San Francisco, Seattle, Harvard University, Germany and Czech Republic. He is worldwide known for his work to the "in-door trained sifu of Hung Kar". Maintains dit dar clinic and Hung Kar school in North Point of Hong Kong, where people are coming for all over the world to study the shaolin art of Hung Kar.

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Lam Chun Sing
 
Lam Chun Sing

He is the younger son of Lam Cho. Like his older brothers he started training as soon as he started walking. The tradition heaviness on his back made him stronger and tough and quite soon his own talents were revealed. If someone watches him performing, he can easily understand that his high skills on the art absolutely coupled his family name. He is fully experienced in teaching Hung Kar to people of all backgrounds and nationalities, he still teaches at Lam Cho's legendary school in Mong Kok.
   

 
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