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Hung Fut is a southern style of Kung Fu that is part of martial arts history and tradition. It was first developed over 350 years ago and is still practiced today. Hung Fut is considered to be a hybrid system. Its philosophies are a mixture of two traditional martial art systems: Hung Gar and Fut Gar.
This mixed system is based on meditation, breath control and various fighting forms that develop body co-ordination. Hung Fut is a combat method that uses economy of movement in order to achieve efficiency. Its strategies are to try to throw the opponent into an awkward position that makes defense difficult and counter attack unlikely. There is no need to keep contact with an opponent, as the system is equipped with many interchangeable and flexible movements.
Southern Shaolin Hung Fut Pai was created over 350 years ago in the footsteps of the Nine Lotus Mountains in Fujian Province China by the Hung Fut Pai founder Lei Jo Fune a monk from the Southern Shaolin Temple.
Lei Jo Fune studied Hung Gar Kung Fu from the Hung Gar founder Hung Hei Goon and blended the hard, strong, external and low strong rooted stances of the Hung Gar system with the softer, swift, circular, explosive techniques of the Fut Gar training he mastered in the Shaolin temple.
And blended them together thus creating the Hung Fut Pai that has been passed down from grandmaster to student for generations and continues to thrive today across the globe.
The system also includes techniques from Fut Gar and ten animal styles (snake, tiger, leopard, lion, eagle, crane, monkey, elephant, horse and dragon) as well as 8 drunken immortal forms(based on the personality traits of the 8 heavenly deities of Chinese traditional religion), 4 “crippled” forms (a deceptive mimicry of one who is crippled) and a left- handed form (based on the legend of a famous general fighting while holding the infant son of a Chinese emperor).
There are somewhat different lineages and succession stories listed by various Hung Fut schools around the world. The stories of the masters vary also from account to account. As the style has moved around the world, the content of the system–number and names of forms, types of power used, stances, techniques, theory, and training methods–has also changed, leading to a large variation from school to school.
The 8th generation Grandmaster, Tai Yim, immigrated from China to the United States in 1977. He now teaches in Kensington, Maryland, a suburb outside of Washington D.C. There are other masters of this generation who are in other countries around the world, such as Hong Kong and Scotland (Raymond Man).
Unique features: Hung Fut is similar to modern day boxing, with its emphasis on the jab. All Hung Fut forms start with the left side of the body. Traditionally single-handed weapons are also learned using the left side.
The Hung fut system includes more than twenty weapons, the best known of which is the left handed staff style. There are traditionally ten different staff forms taught; each successive one increases in difficulty and intensity. The staff is the first weapon taught in the system and also the last. The final staff form is the most famous and mysterious.
Most commonly known as the “mad devil staff” it is passed down only to the student appointed to become the next Grandmaster and is taught and practiced in secret with the promise that it can only be passed down to his successor. This form was used by the sixth generation Grandmaster Hung Ju Sing, also known as the “White Haired Devil”.You might also like: