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Friday, 08 June 2007
Pengnan’s Description of the Origin of Wing Chun Quan
    There are many popular theories concerning how Master Peng Nansheng described the origin of Wing Chun Quan. And here releases the original version, as reference for practicers pertaining to the same school.
     It is believed that in Kangxi Year 47 in Qing Dynasty (1708 A.D.), the leader of Zhejiang Tian Di Club, monk Yi Nian, together with his school uncle Jing Qing, and anti-Qing persons of righteousness, Gan Fengchi, Zhou Lu, Lu Tongyan, supported Zhu Hongzhu to revolt against Qing on Da Lan Mountain. Unfortunately, they were trapped and suppressed by the army dispatched from Qing court. Monk Yi Nian was wounded and captured, while his school uncle Jing Qing, Gan Yanchi, and Lu Tongyan escaped. Jing Qing fled to hide in Ling Xu Yan, Heng Mountain. It was not until the late Yongzheng year, when Gan Fengchi brought Chen Zhiming, the grandson of former Tian Di Club leader Chen Yonghua, to look for school uncle Jing Qing at Ling Xu Yan, Heng Mountain, hoping that Jing Qing would foster Chen Zhiming, to pass down the blood of Anti-Qing persons to the next generation. At that time, Chen Zhiming was only 11 years old. Jing Qing named him Yi Chen, and devoted himself to teaching Yi Chen Shao Lin Kung-fu. After Jing Qing passed away, Yi Chen created a new school of Quan on the basis of Shao Lin Kung-fu by absorbing the merits of other schools of Kung-fu. He named this school Wing Chun Quan, in commemoration of Yong Li emperor of South Ming Dynasty.
    Qianlong Year 59 (1794 A.D.), Zhang Wu, a mummer who played Wu Sheng, from Xiangku (later named Tan Shou Wu), went to Nanyu to worship god. He met an old monk at the foot of Peak Tianzhu, who seemed pretty much strong and vigorous. Zhang Wu begged the old monk for tutoring as he learned that the old monk was a Kung Fu master. Seeing that he really did sincerely want to learn, the old monk agreed to take him as his apprentice, and taught him Wing Chun Quan.
    Within the middle period of Qing Dao Guang Nian (1821-1851), mummer Zhang Wu (Tan Shou Wu), who played Kun Ju (dramas played in Yunnan province), went to Foshan Qionghua assembly hall to teach drama in Le Feng Nian (Celebrating an Abundant Year) troupe, and taught Wing Chun Quan there. His disciples include Yue Ju (dramas played in Guangdong province) actors Li Wenmao, Huang Huabao, Liang Erdi, Lu Jin (Da Hua Mian Jin). From then, Wing Chun Quan was rooted in Foshan. In addition, there were still elements of mixed bossy accents in Yue Ju, which were the work of Zhang Wu.
    Lu Jin (Da Hua Mian Jin), had always been a modest and honest person in all his life. He neither established any club nor taught any disciples. He went to live in the mansion of Lu Languan, his rich close friend, (in San Shui county) in the last days of Guangxu Year, and enjoyed his old-age living.
    Li Xiechi, from Foshan, loved martial arts ever since he was a little kid. He became a disciple of Chen Huashun, a disciple of Liang Zan, to learn Wing Chun Quan. After he got married, he assisted his father in business. Thus, he constantly went to San Shui county to take care of the matters concerning field renting. Fortunately, he met Wing Chun Quan's grand old man Lu Jin in Lu Languan's mansion, and the two became Jin Lan Zhi Yi (intimate friends) thereafter. As a young and honest man, Li Xiechi surely was the right man to practise martial arts. Considering this, Lu Jin taught him Wing Chun Quan, the skills, movements, Xin Fa (the practice of inner work) and secrets, etc.
     Pengnan, from Foshan, originally came from Hua county. He started to practicing martial art in his teenage, and established a Yi Wu club to teach Wing Chun Quan at Foshan in his youth. He gained the name of 'Kuai Shou Nan'. In the early 1950s, he became a disciple of Li Xiechi, practised Wing Chun Qun, and received Li Xiechi's devoted teaching. For 10 years, he practised hard, and all the hardwork eventually paid off. Provided with in-depth research and sorting on the basis of traditionalism and systematics, he created a school of his own with complete martial art academics system. His Kung Fu reached the stage of incomparable.
    Disciple Zheng Gencheng, local Guangzhou resident, has carefully studied and practised Pengnan Wing Chun Quan for more than 10 years. Therefore, he gained a round knowledge about the digestion, contents, methods and movements of Wing Chun Quan, which paved way for a solid basis. He was imparted this school of Pengnan Wing Chun Quan, with a considerable degree of typicality.

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