Boxer's Rebellion Musings
Looking back upon 40 years of Martial Arts Warriorship
Of all the pictures, these were the most precious. Sifu talking to me, teaching me the secrets of ving tsun, the small little details, sharing about how to be a good Teacher, how to teach Ving Tsun, stories of Ip Man, Leung Bik, Chan Wah Shun, why he was teaching me Biu Jee with the snake like hands and what kind of students to take in, those with Good Ethics, Sophisticated and Good Character- Mo Dak.
He had this energy about him in training and teaching, serious, yet gentle, when you touched hands with him, you were afraid to be hit because he controlled your every movement, yet you knew he would be correcting you gently.
Sum Fatt at its best.Read More
There are a ton of pictures and videos through the years with Sifu but he always wanted to take pictures in front of Ip man Statue. To him it meant something.
There are times I went to hongkong and forgot to take “these” pictures that is often seen as recognition. Sifu’s lesson were often so mind boggling and captivating that you would be so deep in thought and trying to remember details, that you would forget the art of marketing, taking pictures.
But here’s a sample of the different times I remembered to take pictures with SifuRead More
The Permanent Honorable President of this association, Grandmaster Ip Ching died of illness on 26 January 2020 at the age of 85.
He was the second son of late Grandmaster Ip Man. He inherited the mastery of Ving Tsun in Ip Man lineage and strenously applied this martial arts. He was a diligent and pragmatic person. For many years, he taught many disciples and contributed a lot for the development of Ving Tsun in Ip Man lineage. Sifu Ip used to be Chairman and President of this association and set a very good example for our Ving Tsun colleagues.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all contributions of Sifu Ip and deepest condolences on the death of Sifu Ip to his family.
Night vigil of Sifu Ip Ching will be held on 7th February 2020 (Friday) from 5:00 p.m. at Fook Hoi Hall in the Ground Floor of Hong Kong Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be held on 8th February 2020 (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m. at Hong Kong Funeral Home, followed by the cremation service at Cape Collison Crematorium.
The Board of Directors of Ving Tsun Ip Ching Athletic Association# Hong Kong Funeral Home
G/F, 679 king’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong. Read More
Sifu Ip Ching’s wake is today at 5pm
I have been watching flight prices since I knew of his passing last Saturday
對於葉正師父的離世 師母多謝大家的問候 並想告之師父是在初二早上凌晨53分仙逝的 地點為沙田善寧之家”
My plan was simple. Fly in and out, Friday in, Sat out.
However since Singapore put itself in a state of quarantine due to the Corona virus, and with the family coughing and having flu symptoms for the last few weeks, leaving the country becomes a legality issue.
I miss him so much and will endeavour to write as much as possible about learning from him
Till date, I still cant believe that a Singaporean, has learnt directly from him and was issued an instructor certificate stating trained by him under the Ving Tsun Athletic Association. When that happened, it was one of the greatest honour and nothing has changed since
There is so much to say about regrets, family and time with Sifu. My dad Robert Lim passed on last year after 6 months of fighting in the hospital, and before that 1 year of going in and out of hospital. Sifu Lim passed a couple of months back, and Sifu Ip has passed on the second day of Chinese New Year.
Here is a video of my last private lesson in hongkong 3 years back captured by some friends from overseas.
I have not been able to bring myself to upload videos of Sifu and me doing training yet. For now, the pain of losing my source of wingchun is too much.
Always remember the source of water you drink from
This is a sad day for SIM-VTK
Sifu Lim, a Renown Taiji master has passed away after a long fight with Stroke and related symptoms
He was the person responsible for showing me Huang Sheng Shyan Taiji and Minghe Fukien White Crane.
It was his teachings that allowed us to develop the explosive force in our strikes, and use our breath to enhance our strike.
He also taught us the Nei Gung of Huang Sheng Shyan Iron Body conditioning.
As a teacher-father, he treated me much like a son and taught me selflessly and without holding back. He was a true Sifu in every sense of the word.
below is a rare picture of him because he is one who never likes to take pictures.
Despite the stroke he was still pushing hands with me with his good side, and winning. He was always passionate about Taiji. he didnt do taiji, he embodied taiji. It was fused into him.
It was in this picture that I remember him telling me, dont take so long to come and see me again.
He will be missed deeply. Rest in Peace Sifu,
Bertrand LimRead More
Ip Ching Sifu would say, no Yiu Ma, no Ving Tsun.
Wooden Dummy section 1 is all about Yiu Ma. In Siu Lim Tao, he showed me Tun Gwun, to develop the power of the punch. And when he thought my Siu Lim Tao was good enough to move forward, he showed me how to “squeeze” the little finger to create the penetrating power we need in the Yat Jee Chong Choi at the end of the form
Ip Man 4 is a thought provoking movie. I was expecting lots of fighting and action, which I got, but I walked away with emotions that I have not come to terms with yet This movie involves Sigung Ip Man, and tells a fictional story of him going to the United States for Sifu Ip Ching. Yes, that part is truely fictional. But there are parts that are true, he did have cancer, and his wife passed away. And thats when Sifu Ip Ching and Sifu Ip Chun left china and went to hongkong to live with Ip Man. The emotional elements in this story are complex. It evolves around the issues of 1. Racism and oppression in a foreign country 2. Standing up as a martial artist for those who cannot as we are asked to in the Ip Man Code of Conduct 3. Family ties, that we are to take care of our family, till our last breath. I watched it for the action, and I got alot more than action. In terms of action, I have to say, the fighting was not as intense as Ip Man 1, but it also showed a tired Ip Man, tired from life and its many difficulties, and the toll it took on him. You see the sense of the father’s love for his son, Ip Ching, but you also see the tiredness in his eyes. In the fight sequences, there is much to think about to. A more powerful person from Karate, wrestling or even Tae kwon do, whom I had the honour to meet at a dinner last night, a 5th dan Master who is 78, who can still kick with tremendous power to the head, and show life taking techniques, or Grandmaster Han of Shaolin Wuzu who tells me how they are renown for the heavy fist, and they KO many other opponents in the UK Will my Fast fists, Short bridge, Yiu Ma, Quick reflexes bring me on top of a fighter like that? It makes me reflect on Goju Ryu Karate, Master Mas Oyama who killed 53 bulls with his punches, Wuzuquan masters where Goju Ryu inheritated their art from. In the words of Master Dennis Wang, my benefactor in Healing Qigong, its all about the power. Develop Power. Had the honour of meeting a Wuzuquan and Wu Mei Master, Master Yap Bo Heong last night, and he is the most gentleman of people yet so highly skilled. And he talked about sitting down and exchanging. Similarly in the movie, the story is calling for the chinese martial arts community to stop in fighting and to unite and show the best of chinese kungfu. Very complex, very thought provoking, will have to rewatch to really put these thoughts across better.
We are so blessed to spend the evening with Master Dennis Wang Han Yang Ru Yi Gong and his martial good friends, Master Yap of Wuzuquan Malaysia, Grandmaster Han of Wuzuquan UK, 5th Dan Tae Kwon Master who is 78, and true street fighter and great company. The sharing of martial lineages training methods and tradition was mind blowing. Very humbled and honoured. So grateful to Master Dennis Wang for this honour.Read More