Oct 8, 2010

The Three Step Arrow of Grandmaster Ip Shui

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Grandmaster Ip Chee Keung's teacher was his father, the late Grandmaster Ip Shui (Yip Shui). The elder Grandmaster was a member of the fading generation of kung fu masters who learnt their art before WWII, and whose skills are day-and-night different from the present generation of practitioners. Besides being known to be a formidable fighter, Grandmaster Ip Shui was also highly regarded as a healer:
In Hong Kong Grandmaster Ip Shui ran a small Dit Dar clinic in Kowloon city, treating people with fractures, sprains etc. He also treated people with a special skill called 'Wafu' that was taught to him by his Grandfather who lived at the Shaolin Monastery. This skill is unique, no medicines are required, just prayers, a brush and water. He has cured many, from those who could not walk to cancer sufferers and more. He was one of the last to do this special skill in Hong Kong.
In this clip, Grandmaster Ip Shui performs the first form of Chow Gar Southern Praying Mantis, Sam Bo Jin or Saam Bo Gin (possible translation: Three Step Arrow). Unlike the power packed or fast displays of modern practitioners, Grandmaster Ip Shui's version is slower and more gentle, yet hints at power and fluidity. Another gem of a video of an art which is still mainly kept secret by the Hakka community.

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2 comments:

Chow Gar Southern Praying Mantis said...

Glad you enjoyed the video. I will try to place up more gems of southern mantis as and when I can! Cheers. Like the blog!

Daily Kungfu said...

Thanks for dropping by. Looking forward to more videos on Chow Gar Southern Praying Mantis!

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