Yip Man, a Chinese national with a blood of a master. He was a well renowned martial artist to become a master of Wing Chun – one of the many Chinese martial arts that use the whole body to defend and attack against an enemy in a close-range combat. Yip Man is an all time famous master of Wing Chun as he taught many students during his time. He even taught the ever popular Bruce Lee.
The master of Wing Chun was born on the 6th of November 1893 and died on the 2nd of December 1972. He lived a better life having good fortune from his family and good education. Basically all he could ever ask for. Yip Man started his martial arts career when he was 13 years old. He was trained by Chan Wah-shun. Unfortunately, his master Chan Wah-shun was already old.
He was 70 years old when Yip Man started his training. Due to the fact that his master was old enough to train him, his training was continued by Ng Chung-sok. With him by his side, he learned and polished his skills to perfection. After three years of having him learn the technique, Chan died but left a message for his oldest disciple to keep on training Yip Man which he did eventually.
At the age of 15, he continued with his life and went to Hong Kong to have his formal education at St. Stephen’s College. From then on, it was the start of his legendary story. It all began with a helping hand to save a lady from a brutal beating by an officer. Because of this occurrence, he was introduced to a man who was responsible to train him with a technique – chi sao – which involves full control attack and defense.
This includes evasion techniques and grappling techniques. He instantly grabbed the opportunity to strengthen his skills in using and improving the technique which was taught to him by his late master Chan. At first, he thought that his technique was better and can easily defeat him but in the long run, the man that he just met beat him to the ground. He was intrigued with the way the man was moving and fighting him.
After the encounter, the man was known to be Leung Bik who was the son of the teacher of his master Chan. It was an encounter made in heaven and a destiny that needed to be fulfilled. He continued his training with Leung Bik. After roughly 9 years of stay in Hong Kong, he then returned to his homeland in Foshan and became a policeman at the age of 24. With what he learned from his previous training, he then taught his friends, relatives, and co-workers though he didn’t have any dojo at that time.
Though he was a great teacher, he has his own share of addiction of life and this is with opium which was popular at that time. He became an addict and this lead to his own downfall. Even in his death, he was still a renowned martial artist who made a mark globally with his Wing Chun.