It’s an exciting time for kung fu history geeks. In the old days, oral traditions and hero stories were passed down through generations of disciples in martial schools. Now scholars are beginning to look at the historical record, at documents that were never before translated into English, and they’re correlating the old kung fu stories with events in Chinese history and literature. Over the past hundred years, photos of famous masters and printed training manuals have supplemented earlier practices based on memory alone. A handful of very old films of Chinese boxers exist, some in the archives of established schools. One of the best-documented kung fu styles in history is the Hung Gar, or Hung Family, fist of the Wong Fei-hung/Lam Sai-wing/Lau Cham lineage. Wong Fei-hung, a late 19th-early 20th century master of southern Chinese boxing, taught Lam Sai-wing, whose students became some of Hong Kong’s first kung fu filmmakers. The story of Wong Fei-hung, the hot-tempered patriotic sifu from Foshan, has inspired over a hundred kung fu movies. Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Gordon Liu have all played Master Wong, but the original Wong Fei-hung was Cantonese opera star Kwan Tak-hing, who portrayed Wong for over thirty years.
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