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: frm my Dai Dizi (most senior student). Later she learned from me. Have you seen God of Crockery? A movie by Stephen Chow. She (Karen Mok) was the character with the scar on her face. It was before she was in the movie that she came to ask me to teach her Wing Tsun.
Host: Can she do a few moves?
LT: Yes, she can do a few moves.
Host: You’ve taught so many female actresses. Among them, which one do you feel was your best student?
LT: Oh my! This is really hard to answer. Like Michelle (Mi Xue) for example…. (interrupted by hose). [This Michelle is not Michelle Yeoh]
Host: They all have talent?
LT: I feel that all actors/actress have a natural talent. If they did not have any natural talent then they would not be such outstanding actors, right?
Host: Michelle Yeoh. Has she learned WT from you?
LT: Michelle Yeoh has never approached me. I don’t really know her.
Host: I think she also made a movie called Wing Chun.
LT: I know. The director was Yuan Heping (Yuen Woo Ping). Yuan Heping and I know each other fairly well. He often visits my school. He made that movie without telling me. What a bastard. At the time he went to visit his doctor whose office was across from my school and we ran into each other. He asked me to introduce one of my foreign students who is a champion fighter and I said “sure”. He never followed up on that meeting and not long after his movie “Wing Chun” came out. I was ribbing him. “You bastard, you made a Wing Chun movie without telling me”. I am very familiar with him.
Host: What do you think of Michelle Yeoh’s performance in the movie Wing Chun?
LT: I won’t comment on that. (laughing). Actually, I feel Yuen Woo Ping is a really talented director. He made many martial arts films and they are really good. Otherwise he would not/ cannot (unintelligible)
Host: I know you have been a fighter choreographer /adviser in a lot of martial arts film. In the up coming movies Yip Man 2 and 3, would you consider providing any advice for these films?
LT: If they are interested in seeking out my advice then I would provide it. Right? Actually, I feel if you are using Wing Chun to do things, this is my life’s principle. Like for example, my literature degree (background). I studied to high levels. But I have never desired to become a literature professor. My doctorate degree is for martial arts instruction. So I feel because this is my part of my character. I don’t like to sit inside an office working all day. I feel Chinese should promote Chinese martial arts (?). This has always been my principle.
Host: Actually you have promoted WT in over 60 countries moreover so many of your tudi, tusun….i know you are very busy. You have many followers on the mainland… (interrupted by LT)
LT: I just started now because I was always abroad. At the time I was only spending 3-4 months in Hong Kong. Now I am over 60 years old and retired. Then I realized that it is impossible to completely retire because there continue to be many overseas students coming to HK to see me. So I said, OK I will just go into semi-retirement. Now in the last 2-3 years, each year I have travelled the world for about three months to a few larger countries. For example, Germany has the most branches, Hungary has many branches and also America has many branches. Sometimes I go to Australia. Now I feel, especially the Chinese…. Why do Chinese do not learn Chinese martial arts?
So I feel strongly, Chinese should try their best to promote Chinese martial arts.
Host: Right. Today we have been very lucky because it is very difficult to get Professor Leung Ting to come on to our show. As one member of the audience has said, it has been a real eye opening experience and thanks to the Sifus for visiting. Thank you Professor Leung Ting. Also thank you Bun Jai… Ah- Ming. Thank you.
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