Although the origins of Hung Gar is still not as clear as one would expect or want, there are on going efforts and research which may in the future clarify some of the historical contradictions and legends. Most widely accepted version, regarding the origins of Hung Gar tells us that history of Hung Gar begins during the 17th century in southern China. Hung Gar is said to have its origins in the Southern Shaolintemple(Siu Lam Ji) in Fukien Province of Southern China.
Passed down from Luk Ah Choi the traditions and teachings of Hung Gar were carried on by the three generation of the Wong Family; Wong Tai, his son Wong Kei Ying and grandson Wong Fei Hung. Although all members of the wong faamily become well known for their kung fu and medical skills, the most famous member of the Wong Family was Wong Fei Hung. Wong Fei Hung is without a doubt one of the most renowned, respected and talked about kung fu masters of all time. His life and exploits has been immortalised by hundreds of movies, publications, TV&Radio shows, comic books etc. In-fact so famous, that he has become a household name all over China, Hong Kong and most parts of south-east Asia. For Hung Gar practitioners around the world, he is considered as the father of the modern day Hung Gar due to his additions and pivotal role on the development of Hung gar kung fu as we know today. Wong Fei Hung trained with many other kung fu masters during his youth. It is said that he learned the famed iron Wire technique from Lam Fook Sing, a student of another famous Hung Gar hero Tid Kiu Sam. Real name Leung Kwan, Tid Kiu Sam is regarded as one of the best Chinese Martial Artist in China. He was one of the Ten Tigers Of Kwungtung-Kwungtang Sup Fu. Ten tigers were the most famous and respected kung fu masters of the time. According to many sources Tid Kiu Sam was the leader of the ten tigers. His fame grow far and wide, many from all over the country came to study under him. As Wong Fei Hung grow up, he earned an excellent reputation for his gung fu as well as for his skills as a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine. He also became known and respected for his strong character, honesty, righteousness and moral values. He always helped those in need without asking for anything in return. Wong Fei Hung’s martial skills and the effectiveness of his style (Hung Gar) was tested and proven time and time again in many open challenge’s. Many famous and skilled gung fu fighters of the time came to cross hands with Wong Fei Hung but none could defeat him.
The most famous student of Wong Fei Hung was Lam Sai Wing. Lam Sai Wing is the first generation of Lam Family Hung Kuen Masters to carry on the teachings and traditions of the style. Lam Sai Wing passed the art down to his nephew/adopted son Lam Cho. Today Lam Cho’s sons Lam Chun Fai and Lam Chun Sing carry on the traditions and teachings of Hung gar handed down from their father. To see our Hung Gar lineage/family tree and to Find out more about the Lam Family click here.