Who is the rightful representative of Wing Chun, the martial arts style popularized by Ip Man, the kung fu master who had a huge influence on Bruce Lee?
The answer would have been a no-brainer until other Wing Chun disciples began fighting among themselves to put up their own choice.
Officially, albeit tentatively, it’s Ip Chun, the 90-year-old son of Ip Man who mentorerd Lee, the biggest kung fu icon 41 years after his death.
Ip Chun is the choice of Guangdong authorities who have applied to make Wing Chun a “national intangible cultural heritage” which bestows prestige and honor on whoever is chosen to represent it.
But nine martial arts groups have signed a letter contesting the choice of Ip Chun, saying Wing Chun has many branches with their own style, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday. Ip Chun and his father represent only one branch.
Besides, they said Ip Chun is from Hong Kong and has not contributed much to the martial arts circle in Foshan, the home of Wing Chun.
Enter Sin Kwok-lam, Ip Chun’s chief pupil.
Sin said Ip Chun spends half his time in Foshan and his pupils are all over the country.
Also, Ip Chun established the World Wing Chun Union and the Ip Man Memorial Museum in Foshan and helped produce movies that have popularized Wing Chun abroad.
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