Grand Master Ip Man
1893 – 1972
Grand Master Ip Man grew up in a wealthy family in Foshan, Guangdong.He started learning Wing Chun at 7 years old from Chan Wah Shun and became Chan’s last student. Ip Man learned most of his skills and techniques from his Si Hing Wu Chung Sok. Before Chan Wah Shun died, one of his dying wishes was to have Wu continue teaching Ip Man.
Ip Man moved to Hong Kong at 16 and attended St. Stephen’s College. One day Ip saw a foreign police officer beating a woman and intervened. The officer attempted to attack Ip, but Ip knocked him down and ran to school with his classmate. Ip’s classmate later told an old man who lived in his apartment block. The man met with Ip and asked what martial art Ip practised. The man told Ip that his forms were “not too great”. The man challenged Ip’s Wing Chun. Ip saw this as an opportunity to prove that his abilities were good, but was defeated by the man after a few strikes. Ip’s opponent revealed himself to be Leung Bik, Chan Wah Shun’s senior and the son of Chan’s teacher, Leung Jan. After that encounter, Ip Man continued learning from Leung Bik.
Ip man returned to Foshan at 24 and became a policeman. He taught Wing Chun to several of his subordinates, friends and relatives, but did not officially run a school. Some of his better known informal students went on to teach students of their own and they passed down the art of Wing Chun in the Foshan and Guangdong region. Ip Man left Foshan for Hong Kong at the end of 1949 after the Chinese Communist Party won the Chinese Civil War and started teaching Wing Chun in Hong Kong.
Ip Man moved his school twice: first to Castle Peak Road in Shum Shui Po and then to Lee Tat Street in Yau Ma Tei. By then, some of his students had attained proficiency in Wing Chun and were able to start their own schools. Some of his students and descendants sparred with other martial artists to compare their skills and their victories helped increase Ip Man’s fame.
In 1967, Ip and some of his students established the Wing Chun Athletic Association.
Ip Man died on December 2, 1972 in his unit at 149 Tung Choi Street in Hong Kong, from throat cancer, only 7 months before the death of Bruce Lee.
Ip Man’s legacy is the global practice of Wing Chun. His most notable students include: Leung Sheung, Lok Yiu, Chu Shong Tin, Wong Shun Leung, Bruce Lee, Moy Yat.
Grand Master Leung Sheung
1918 – 1978
Leung Sheung (1918 – 1978) was a Chinese martial artist who studied Wing Chun Kung Fu who is known as the senior-most student of Ip Man in Hong Kong. Leung Sheung was widely acknowledged for his superior skill and practical application. Although being credited with being a premier student of Ip Man, Leung Sheung was an extremely humble man. He spoke about his Wing Chun abilities in overly modest terms, preferring to instead elevate Ip Man’s martial prowess. However, being one of the few close-door students of Ip Man while living and studying under him for many years, as well as being Ip Man’s first student in Hong Kong, Leung presented Yip Man with obvious reason to train him well. It was Leung Sheung’s undeniable abilities that played a significant role in promoting and building Ip Man’s Wing Chun in Hong Kong. Leung Sheung, along with Lok Yiu and Chu Shong Tin are considered to be the three closed-door students of Ip Man.
Master Cheng Bi
1933 – 1985
人稱雙番北，「無花雙番北，打乜都食得」，以喻其武功了得，逢人必克，但因個性沉默寡言, 行事低調, 其所作所為除同輩先賢耳熟能詳外, 現存在世的文字紀錄著實不多!
鄭北宗師原籍中山濠頭村，原名鄭兆北，從少頑皮成性，有混世魔王之稱號。生長於大家庭, 兄弟姊妹共十人, 鄭北排行第六。亦為梁挻的舅父(其二姊嫁予梁挻的父親)，是梁挻第一位詠春師傅(後隨梁相師傅)，未學詠春前，已修練佛家功夫十多年，有極高的武學底子，曾於廣州悅東國術社學技，師承宗師梁沛（外號豬油沛)。
悅東國術社 – 永遠名譽國術總監
穗成體育會 – 永遠名譽國術總監
官塘社區中心 – 國術顧問
澳門羅良武館 – 永遠名譽國術總監
少俠國術社 – 永遠名譽國術總監
孔德光國術館 – 永遠名譽會長國術總監
澳門潘樹森 – 國術顧問
詠聯體育會 – 永遠名譽會長國術顧問
崔章國術社 – 永遠名譽會長國術顧問
李志能國術總會 – 永遠名譽會長國術顧問
Master Cheng Bi was born in Zhong Shan, China. When growing up he was so naughty he was nicked named “Mighty Devil”. He first learned one of the ancient martial arts in a martial arts academy in Canton.
Master Cheng moved to Hong Kong in the 1950’s and he was soon devoted to the world of ‘Wing Chun’. Wing Chun was not well known at the period of time for it was not popular in Hong Kong. Master Cheng was proud of his martial art achievement and challenged Grand Master Leung Sheung for a fight, whoever lost would become the disciple of the other. Master Cheng tried his best but he lost the fight and kept his promise and started to practise Wing Chun under Grand Master Leung Sheung.
Master Cheng was keen to learn martial art, once he started practising Wing Chun he realised it’s uniqueness and gave up other forms of martial arts and dedicated to learn Wing Chun only, he moved to Hung Shui Kiu of New Territory where he practiced Wing Chun fiercely for three years.
Then the hot-blooded Master Cheng was at the prime of his life, after 3 years of studying Wing Chun, he single-handedly beaten up more than 10 people at Temple Street, This legendary fight has earned Master Cheng frame among the martial art community and a nickname of “Double Points of Bi”.
Master Cheng has also fought with one of the well-known martial arts masters – Poon Lam at that period of time. They became sworn brothers after the fight and it also became another legendary story of Master Cheng.
Master Luk Chi Ling
Master (Si Fu) Luk Chi Ling is one of the students of the well-known Wing Chun Master: Cheng Bi. He has learned Wing Chun Ku Fu since he was 10 with Master Cheng Bi; and was taught by Master Cheng Bi himself. After all, Master Luk has decided to teach Wing Chun Ku Fu in public to prove Master Cheng Bi’s skill and theory are unique. Therefore, Luk Chi Ling Wing Chun Ku Fu Association is established in 2001.