Carrying on the Ip Man legacy


Boey showing off his skills on a wooden dummy during a training session at his centre in Jalan Kebun Nyiur. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

THE Wing Chun martial art is expected to grab attention again now that superstar Donnie Yen is reprising his role as a Wing Chun grandmaster in the soon-to-be-released movie ‘Ip Man 4’.

However, Penang Ip Man Wing Chun master instructor Aaron Boey reminded fans that Wing Chun is not just about releasing a flurry of lightning jabs at your opponents but is also about having a good attitude, integrity and wisdom.

“Back in 2008 when the first biopic called ‘Ip Man’ was released, I was mesmerised by Wing Chun.

“I started learning Wing Chun that year from different grand- masters.

Superstar Yen will be playing Ip Man again in an upcoming sequel.
Superstar Yen will be playing Ip Man again in an upcoming sequel.

“But in my case, I was lucky to be able to go to Hong Kong in 2014 and learn from my current sifu Ip Ching, who is the son of Ip Man,” he said recently.

“The experience I obtained during that time was truly invaluable.

“He taught me so much in terms of techniques and the finer details of the art,” he added.

Boey said he had been practising martial arts for over two decades, starting with Taekwondo in the early 1990s before taking up Monkey-Style Kungfu.

(From left) Boey teaching student Jack Tang, 31, at the centre.
(From left) Boey teaching student Jack Tang, 31, at the centre.

“My sifu Ip Ching was gentle but strict. He would make sure that we students master each form correctly.

“He also reminded us on the finer details which may seem small but can make a whole lot of difference,” he said while looking at a photograph of Ip Ching.

“I remember that when the Ip Man movie came out in 2008, a lot of people wanted to try Wing Chun but they did not genuinely love the martial art. It was all for fame.

Boey (right) giving a lesson on the proper use of weapons.
Boey (right) giving a lesson on the proper use of weapons.

“Some came to my sifu Ip Ching’s centre for just a few classes, snapped photos and then left. Later, they told their friends that they were his disciples.

“Some even opened their own martial art centres and claimed to be Wing Chun experts after attending one or two classes,” he added.

For more details on Ip Man Wing Chun Penang, call 016-482 9218.


   

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