Chu Shong Tin was Yip Man's third Hong Kong disciple. He is known as the "King of Sil Lum Tao" and "Internal Wing Chun". He is very famous for his energy and for knocking men 3-4 times his size across the room at over 70 years of age. He is one of the most famous and popular Wing Chun sifus.
Master Chu Shong Tin was born in 1933 in the Kwong-tung Province of Mainland China. In November 1949, he left China and settled in Hong Kong. During September 1950, he started work as a secretary for the Association of Restaurant Workers of Hong Kong at 159 Tai Nan Street, corner Wong Chuk Street, Shum Shui Po, Kowloon. It was at that time that he first met the Grandmaster Ip Man, who had just started teaching Wing Chun at the Union building. As Ip and himself had both come to Hong Kong alone, it gave them a feeling of being very close. After several months' observation and urging by Sihing Leung Sheung and Lok Yiu, he asked Ip to accept him as his student. He began his training on 1st January 1951, thus starting his life in Wing Chun. He lived with Ip Man from 1951 through much of 1955. (Continued at bottom.) Lineage: Yip Man -> Chu Shong Tin (Tsui Sheung Tin)
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As he had been observing for several months, he could show the whole Siu Nim Tau form to Ip on the first day of his lesson. Besides working hard on his own training, he also paid attention to what Ip was teaching to the other students. After about a year, Ip started to ask him to practice pivoting. When practicing this pivoting, he insisted on practicing several hours each day. It was about half a year later before Ip asked him to learn the Chum Kiu. It was just like Siu Nim Tau, as he knew the movements of the whole form already without Ip showing him.
After roughly one year, he started to learn the wooden dummy. He learned about twenty to thirty movements every year, until the whole form was finished. It was about two years after he had learned Chum Kiu that he started to learn the Biu Gee form. Around 1955 he began practicing the long pole. As he learned roughly one movement of the pole each year, it took him nearly seven years to finish the Six-and-a-half Point Pole.
It was many years later after he finished all the hand forms that he started to learn the butterfly knives. The first part of the butterfly knives was learned in 1963. In the summer of 1964 he established his own school and learned the second part of the butterfly knives. In 1965 he finally completed the whole butterfly knives form.
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