Hung Gar (Hung Kuen) is a complete system of Chinese Martial arts known for its powerful no-nonsense self-defence and tremendous benefits. The history and origins of the system date back to the 1700s to the Southern Shaolin Temple of Fukien province, China.
Hung-Gar has strong versatile
hand techniques and powerful effective kicks that are applicable to close-range
as well as long-range situations. The hallmarks of the
style are deep low stances and strong hand techniques, notably the bridge hand
and the versatile tiger claw. Hung Gar training contains many different hand,
weapon and two man sets.
Hung Gar incorporates both external and internal methods. Although Hung Gar is classified as an hard external style by most, Hung Gar gung fu puts as much emphasis on internal energy training as any known internal style of Chinese martial arts.
Masters of this art
were famous for their extraordinary skills in gung fu and traditional Chinese
medicine as well as for their moral values. The legendary folk hero, Wong Fei Hung is without a
doubt the most famous Hung gar master of all time. His life has been
immortalized by hundreds of movies (Once Upon a Time in China), publications and
TV shows etc.
Hung Gar has been recently fiction in Ip Man2, Avatar: The Last Airbender and Kung Fu Hustle.