IP Man: Portrait of a Kung Fu Master by Ip ChingA Master s gift to the world is his life. By seeing his life or at least by seeing the portrait of his life as painted in the stories of those who knew him, a Master s life becomes a sketch of a path to Mastery.
From stories shared by his son, this book paints a portrait of the famous Wing Chun Grand Master, Ip Man, providing a set of fifteen principles as a guide to mastery. While there are broad lessons to be learned from this portrait, the details must be savored. Many of the great figures of history are shrouded in the mists of aggrandizement, but here the details, the fine strokes of the portrait, have remained to show the humble seeker something about the life of a Master.
Each chapter provides a principle or set of principles to contemplate. You will be richly rewarded if you seek to discern the principles and the man who strove to embody them.
These stories and the principles drawn from them are commended to you for your benefit and learning and enjoyment. Let them guide you in your journey, but do not look for them to tell you every step. In this portrait are great treasures for the taking but not simply for the asking.
Yip Man was born in China and was considered a most esteemed Wing Chun teacher who had taught numerous students who later went on to become authorities in their own right. He received a very traditional Chinese education along with his other siblings — elder brother Yip Kai-gak, elder sister Yip Wan-mei, and younger sister Yip Wan-hum. Chan was reaching the end of his life and professional career when Yip Man started learning Wing Chun — Chan was seventy at the time. Reportedly Chan had explicitly instructed his disciples, before his death, to continue teaching Yip with some of the most sacred and difficult skills of Wing Chun. Yip continued training for another six or so years before he had to move to Hong Kong with one of his relatives, Leung Fut-ting. A year later he was admitted to an esteemed school in Hong Kong named St. Footage shows Grandmaster Ip Man doing the 3 forms.
He studied Wing Chun and went on to become one of the most respected martial arts masters of his time. Among his most notable students was Bruce Lee. Yip Man died on December 2, , in Hong Kong. Political upheaval served as the backdrop for Man's younger years, but he received a traditional education until, at age 12, he was able to begin studying Wing Chun--a system of martial arts developed in southern China more than years ago--under the tutelage of Chan Wah Shun, who charged him an exorbitant amount of money for the service, initially believing he would discourage the boy. But Man would learn much from his teacher in the three short years before Wah Shun's death.
Sign in., He had several students who later became martial arts masters in their own right. His most famous student was Bruce Lee.
All rights reserved. Ecommerce Software by Ashop. Search Advanced Search. Before Bruce Lee was a martial arts star, he was a young actor, bullied by his schoolmates and often getting into trouble. Today his influence is everywhere — in the spectacular leaps of an Ernie Reyes kata, in the sudden devastation of a Chuck Norris backfist, in the strategic theories of a Keith Vitali defence, in the unexpected angles of a Bill Wallace kick, in the delightful acrobatics of a Jackie Chan comedy; and even in the plastic nunchaku of the kid down the block.