Hung Fut is a southern style first developed over 400 years ago and still practiced today.
Hung Fut is considered to be a hybrid system. Its philosophies are a mixture of two traditional martial art systems: Hung Gar and Fut Gar. The system is based on meditation, breath control and various fighting forms that develop body co-ordination. Hung Fut is a combat method that uses economy of movement in order to achieve efficiency. Its strategies are to try to throw the opponent into an awkward position that makes defense difficult and counter attack unlikely. There is no need to keep contact with an opponent, as the system uses interchangeable and flexible movements.
The system also includes techniques from Fut Gar and ten animal styles (snake, tiger, leopard, lion, eagle, crane, monkey, elephant, horse and dragon) as well as 8 drunken immortal forms (based on the personality traits of the 8 heavenly deities of Chinese traditional religion), 4 "crippled" forms (a deceptive mimicry of one who is crippled) and a left- handed form (based on the legend of a famous general fighting while holding the infant son of a Chinese emperor).
Hung Fut is truly an original martial art form from China. Its roots go back to the Shaolin temple. Hung Fut is a modified fighting form that has brought together the combined knowledge of many Kung Fu masters and styles.
All Hung Fut forms start with the left side of the body. Traditionally single-handed weapons are also learned using the left side.
The Hung Fut system includes more than twenty weapons, the best known of which is the left-handed staff style. There are traditionally ten different staff forms taught; each successive one increases in difficulty and intensity. The staff is the first weapon taught in the system and also the last. The final staff form is the most famous and mysterious. Most commonly known as the "mad devil staff" it is passed down only to the student appointed to become the next Grandmaster and is taught and practiced in secret with the promise that it can only be passed down to his successor. This form was used by the sixth generation Grandmaster, Hung Ju Sing, also known as the "White Haired Devil".
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