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On a weekday evening, Ip Chun is exchanging Wing Chun moves with his students, who are often a fraction of his age. The 96-year-old is the eldest son of Chinese martial arts legend Ip Man, the teacher of Bruce Lee.

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Ip Chun said the philosophy of Wing Chun is to use gentleness to subdue strong power. He says his martial arts form helps him navigate the society and the way he lives.

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Still traveling around China for martial arts seminars and having a regular teaching schedule, Ip has no thoughts of retiring. “I will keep teaching until I can’t,” Ip said. He vows to spend the rest of his life to keep his father’s Wing Chun legacy alive.

Ip Chun (Son of Ip Man who taught Bruce Lee Wing Chun):

I have never got into a fight with anyone. Not once in my whole life.

Use gentleness to subdue power. This idea not only helps my Kung Fu practice but also my life and how I navigate in society. It also affects my personality. I was born in a Wing Chun family. I remember when I was 6-7 years old I saw my dad and a bunch of people doing Wing Chun at home. I learnt for a bit, but quit very soon. My dad didn’t mind. So I practiced on and off. When I was 38, that was 1962 I came to Hong Kong and started to learn Kung Fu properly.

Ip Chun (Son of Ip Man who taught Bruce Lee Wing Chun):

The studio started in 1968. Wing Chun is different from other martial arts in that it uses gentleness to subdue power. You use little power to fight against a strong force where a petite person is able to fight a big person. You need to build up good skill in Wing Chun to be able to achieve this. You can easily spend 8-10 years learning Wing Chun. Some spend decades. The first thing I always tell my students is that Kung Fu is not something you can master in a short period of time. You have to prepare your mind that it’s going to take a long time.

Ip Chun (Son of Ip Man who taught Bruce Lee Wing Chun):

The second half of my life has been pretty stable. Wing Chun has supported me and my children. So I should spend the rest of my life contributing as much as I can to Wing Chun. If you want to reach my age, don’t let anyone annoy you. It harms your body when you get angry.

Ip Chun (Son of Ip Man who taught Bruce Lee Wing Chun):

Before I do anything, or go anywhere I think about whether someone will annoy me. I am in my 90’s now, I still haven’t thought about retiring. I will keep teaching until I can’t.




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