Look Beyond the Pointing Finger: the Combat Philosophy of Wong Shun Leung
Recalling the Life of Bruce Lee's Teacher
by David Peterson
January 28th 1997 was a very sad day for the martial arts and, indirectly, for fans of Hong Kong cinema - specifically, for fans of the legend that is Bruce Lee. On that day, Wing Chun Kung-Fu Master Sifu Wong Shun Leung, 61, teacher and friend of the late martial arts superstar, lost his fight for life following a massive stroke and ensuing coma that had befallen him some sixteen days earlier. Considered by many to be a fighter and instructor of unparalleled skill, Sifu Wong was renowned for earning the title of “Gong Sau Wong” (King of talking with the hands) after surviving countless “beimo”, or “comparison of skills,” throughout the 50s and 60s, emerging every time as undefeated and undisputed champion.
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