Grandmaster Yuen-Kay San
YouTube link available here.
I cannot guarantee as to how long it will remain posted. The sound quality
is very poor.
Profound respect from Si Kwok Lam, director of the movie “Yip
Man” and Yip Chun, Yip Man’s son, is offered over insulting Yuen
Kay San and lying about Yip Man being senior in Wing Chun to Yuen Kay San.
Yuen Kay San was the top Wing Chun sifu alive throughout his lifetime. When
he passed away this mantle fell on Sifu Sum Num. It’s unfortunate that
this apology couldn't happen before Sum Num, who had been misrepresented
in Leung Ting’s Book ‘Roots and Branches of Wing Chun” similarly,
passed away. If a reader reverses the names “Yip Man” and “Yuen
Kay San” in Leung Ting’s stories they will be much closer to
Movie producer Si Kwok Lam and Yip Chun, who co-produced the
Ip Man", which glorified Yip Man with an incredibly fictitious heroic
life, apologized six times and "served Tea" to Yuen Kay
San's grandson (left in the Youtube picture, wearing glasses) for misrepresenting,
and being disrespectful to, the legendary death dual champion during the
1920-1950s - Yuen Kay San. During a news conference in China, Mr. Si and
Yip admitted in front of documents and witnesses that Yuen Kay San represented
the Wing Chun family and answered all the public death duel challenges in
Futsan in those years, and admitted that he is senior to Yip Man in the Wing
Chun family tree.
Mr. Xi Kwok Lam (a student of Yip Chun and movie producer
of the Ip Man 3 movie) apologized and served tea to Yuen Jo Tong for misrepresenting
his grandfather Yuen Kay San’s reputation and status in Wing Chun history.
(In the movie, Yuen Kay San was portrayed as Yip Man’s younger Kung
Fu brother, not as skillfull as Yip Man) . As is well known to any Wing
Chun practitioner on the Mainland, this is laughable!
Yao Wing Ken (Yoa Choy’s grandson) explains that, "in
the old days of Foshan, his grandfather Yao Choy, Yip Man and Yuen Kay San
were called the "Three Heroes of Wing Chun" and often mentioned
together. Yuen Kay San's disciple Leung Jan Sing also provided an ancestral
document indicating that Yuen Kay San studied with Fung Shui Ching, while
Yip Man and others studied under Yuen himself. This record was passed down
in the 1970's. Yip Man was not Yuen’s official student,
having only learnt a little from him. Yuen Kay San taught Yip Man all the
chi sau Yip knew but this was not all that Yuen Kay San knew. In the order
of seniority on the family tree, Yuen Kay San ranked at the first level,
that is, he was the top Wing Chun man during his lifetime, with Yip Man being
listed the last. It would be normal, therefore, as he did, for Yip Man to
ask Yuen Kay San for instruction.
Yip Chun also misrepresented the facts of Leung Jan’s
biography and reports on his life from several independent sources in claiming
to have known Leung Bik whom he portrayed in the movie. He did not know Leung
Bik. No Leung Bik ever taught Yip Man. Leung Bik was a romantic fiction derived
to promote Hong Kong Wing Chun in the early days. Yip obtained superior skills
to his class-mates in Futsan by learning from Yuen Kay San. In fact, Yip’s
father at one stage, asked his
friend,Yuen Kay San’s father to teach Yip Man some Wing Chun. Yip Man
had been disrespectful to Yuen Kay San so he was reluctant but agreed to
his father’s request begrudgingly. Below is the original Chinese quoted
from the original article in the Dayoo Newspaper of Guangzhou:
Posted on 17 August, 2010