At the foundation of every grand and rooted martial art organization, there lies a tradition, which is transferred from master to disciple. It is important to be able to track a master’s lineage that reaches to the very beginning of the martial art. For EBMAS Wing Tzun Kung Fu, it is the same. EBWT’s roots reaches to Turkey to Germany to Hong Kong, from there to Fatshan and even to Tai Leung Mountain, which the art was born. Below, you can find information about the masters at which you can track with the development of Wing Tzun system that is transferred from masters to disciples throughout the history.
She was most often said to have been from the legendary Shaolin Temple and to have been one of the fabled five ancestors who escaped the temple’s destruction. Her true identity was sometimes said to have been Lui Sei Leung, the forth daughter of a Ming General named Lui.
Yim Wing Tzun
Different accounts of her story exist, but the central sequence of events remains largely the same, beginning with Yim Wing Tzun’s teacher. During The Qing Dynasty, a Shaolin Buddhist Nun & Abbess, Ng Mui, reportedly fled the destruction of The Shaolin Temple at the hands of the government; the temple was believed to be harboring revolutionaries. According to one legend, Ng saw a crane and a snake fighting, and incorporated their movements into her style of Chinese Boxing to form a new, unnamed martial art system.
Ng later took on a disciple, Yim Wing Tzun, and passed the art to her. Yim was well known for her beauty, and sold tofu for living. A local bully tried to force her to marry him, but she used the art to defeat him. Some accounts claim that Ng taught Yim the art specifically for the purpose of defending herself against the unwanted advances.
Leung Bok Chau
In most stories, around 1810, she married a man named Leung Bok Chau. In some accounts, he learned alongside her under Ng Mui until the old woman passed away, at which point he continued learning from his wife (following an encounter where she quite easily proved her fighting skills greatly surpassed those of her husband). In others, Yim Wing Tzun alone taught him her remarkable fighting skills.
From the many accounts it is clear that Yim Wing Tzun, whether a real person or an alias used as a cover, is credited in the Wing Tzun Kuen creation myths as the principle founder or one of the principle founders of the art.
Leung Lan Kwai
Leung Lan Kwai (Liang Langui) was said in some stories to have been a wealthy scholar from Guangzhou and in others an osteopath from the Fatshan or Zhaoqing. Although he is absent from tales of other branches, the Yip Man system maintains he learned Wing Tzun Kuen from Leung Bok Chau (in some accounts in Guangxi, in others in Guangdong) and taught the art to Red Opium Opera Actor Wong Wah Bo.
When he left the opera, Leung Yee Tai settled in Fatshan and taught his knowledge to Leung Jan (either by himself or in conjunction with Wong Wah Bo).
Wong Wah Bo
Wong Wah Bo (Huang Huabao) was said to have been a Gulao, Heshan Native and the senior most Wing Tzun Kuen practitioner of the Red Opium Opera in the mid 1800s. In the opera, he reportedly played the role of Mo Sang, or the male martial lead. This part would have required extensive knowledge of the martial arts in general, especially the more dynamic fist and weapon routines.
Leung Yee Tai
Wong Wah Bo was a member of an opera community known as Red Opium having opium patterns on. Wong worked with Leung Yee Tei at Red Opium. Meanwhile, he encountered Abbot Chi Shin working as a cook at Red Opium who disguised himself after escaping from Shaolin. Chi Shin taught Leung Yee Tei long pole techniques. Wong Wah was close to Leung Yee Tei, they were friends and shared what they learned about Kung Fu. They both shared and developed each other and progressed. Thus, long pole techniques were concatenated to Wing Tzun Kung Fu. Leung Jan perceived the deep secrets of Wing Tzun reaching the highest point of mastership. Various Kung Fu masters challenged him but all experienced defeat and Leung Jan became very famous.
Yip Man (Learned from Chan Wah Shun and Leung Bik)
He began training in the late 1950s. He either began under or was introduced by his two maternal uncles, Cheng Fook and Cheng Pak, who were students of Leung Sheung, and continued under Leung Sheung. In the late 1960s, Leung Ting received private instruction from Yip Man later on and adopted as his To-Dei.
Keith R. Kernspecht
He began learning Wing Tzun from Cheng Chung in 1970 and 5 years later continued learning from Leung Ting.
Emin Boztepe | EBMAS Founder & World Chief Instructor (Learned from Keith R. Kernspecht and Leung Ting)
Emir R. Furuhende | EBMAS UAE (Learned from Emin Boztepe)