Interview with WingTsun grandmaster Leung Ting
Health & Lifestyle Channel
Hostess Zhao Ling
Hong Kong Cable TV Channel # 27
*The opinions and views expressed are those of the authors and participants of the TV show and do not necessarily state or reflect the views of the trainer team at Wing Tsun Kung Fu Vancouver.
LT: I was already teaching at age 19
Host: Wow!. At the time you were tall and handsome (looking at the photo of LT practicing the wooden dummy with Yip Man watching)
LT: no, no, no, no (trying to be modest)
Host: You still don’t look much different now.
LT: That (photo) was not long after I started classes at Baptist College.
Host: Where are you in the photo?
LT: I am on the right. GM Yip Man is on the left. In the center was my 2nd Si Hing. Actually, my 2nd Si Hing went to visit GM Yip Man who was in Queen Elizabeth hospital for surgery.
Host: For what kind of surgery?
LT: Stomach surgery. My 2nd Si Hing went to visit him at the hospital. During the visit he asked Yip Man “Have you heard of Leung Ting”? I have a Si di (younger kungfu brother) named Leung Ting. Yip man replied, “Ah, Little Ting (Ting Jai), I have heard of him”. At the time I was still little. GM Yip Man called me “Ting Jai” or “Ah Ting”. At the time, I was the first person to hold (WT) classes in university.
LT: So that was why I was a “little bit” well known at the time….(cut off by Host)
Host: So, Sifu Yip Man really was fond of you because he used such an affectionate /friendly form of your name.
LT: Here….Here…(Looking at another BW photograph). This is from the magazine New Martial Arts Hero (Xin Wuxia).
Host: Who is who here?
LT: That is me and GM Yip Man. GM Yip Man is on the right with his leg raised and I am on the left. He was getting interviewed for the magazine.
Host: GM Yip Man he is….(cut off by LT)
LT: Can you see another person in the back, behind me and GM Yip Man? There is another person there. He is the journalist.
Host: What is this move called? This move he is demonstrating?
LT: That is the Piercing Body Leg. Actually, we WT people call it the Close Body Kick.
Host: Close body kick.
LT: Wing Tsun style does not fight from a distance. In the shortest time we are able to kick.
Host: Your (plural) hands are moving around like this…. (Interrupted by LT)
LT: Right, see my hands have grabbed your arms and then I kick. By then it is too late for you block.
LT: In WT, why is the body so high / erect? This is its reasoning.
Host: During your time learning from GM Yip Man what deep impressions do you have of him?
Host: Besides the funny side of his character.
LT: One incident stands out in my mind; we were in Kowloon on Shanghai Street inside a restaurant having a meal. I was complaining about my previous Sifu who often talked badly about me in front of others. He said, “Ah Ting, the more you dislike this person, the less you should talk about him”. I asked “Why”? He (Yip Man) said, “If you mention his name often, then you are advertising for him”. After he gave me his advice, I have never mentioned again to anyone that I was the student of that Sifu. I have not uttered any further bad words about this person because I felt this made a lot of sense. Also, one time we were having dim sum, he suddenly asked me, “Ting Jai, do you know how to use Bong Sau”? (LT shows the positioning of the arm to the host) I was scratching my head wondering why he was asking. Then he said, “So-and-so said Bong Sau is useless”. This “So-and-so” is already deceased now. This “so-and-so” used to be a senior level police officer. He was sent to England for police officer training where he encountered a boxer. He tried to block the boxer’s punch with a bong sau and got nailed. So he came back and told Yip Man, “Sifu, let me tell you. Bong Sau cannot be used”. Then Yip Man then said, “Why would you bong sau against an income punch? Such stupidity! If he punches then you should throw a punch back at him”! Only when the opponent puts pressure on your arms does it activate the bong sau (LT shows the host). Bong sau is not something that i do purposely. He told a lot of theories. Most of the time you won’t understand.
Host: Your student Bin Jai, how long has he learned from you? (She is pointing towards Robin Tsang).
LT: Bin Jai is my Tusun /Toe Soon. He started learning from his Sifu for a few years, later in my Instructors Training Class he was with……my Toe Jung Soon (LT seems to be pointing to the female student Ming) they came together to my Instructor Training Class.
Host: They both seem very calm natured (pointing to Robin and Ming). You cannot tell they know Kungfu.
LT: Actually Bin Jai he was already a black belt 2nd Dan in Taekwondo before he came to learn WT. We’ll ask him to show you his high kick.
Host: Wow! In a moment then…Let’s break for commercials. When we come back, we’ll talk with Bin Jai (Robin).
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