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Wong Fei-hung or Hwang Fei-hung (1847–1924) was a martial artist, a traditional Chinese medicine physician, acupuncturist and revolutionary who became a Chinese folk hero. He was considered an expert in the Hung Gar style of Chinese martial arts. Wong Fei-hung is visibly the most famous Hung Gar practitioner of modern times.

Now in East Asia (mostly China and Hong Kong ) he is known as a national hero of the people ,he fought to keep what was Nationally Chinese in the times of the European encroachments.

In the West we know of him because of the numerous Kung Fu films made about him ,from as early as the fifities .The most famous person to portray him was the late Kwan Tak Hing who played him for many years in TV and Film.I think Kwan Tak Hing made over 100 films portraying Wong Fei Hung.

To the more modern day person we would know of him through Jackie Chans portrayal of him in the Drunken Master Films and Jet Li's portrayal in the Once upon a Time In China films where Jet Li played him four times in parts 1-3 and part 6. Leaving Vincent Zhou Wen Zhou to play him in parts 4 and 5.

But as a real life hero what do you realy know of him,well many stories have been written and the facts vary,but as far as we know Wong was a Physician who practised and taught tradditional Chinese Medicine and Accupuncture at his Clinic Po Chi-Lam.

Legend says , Wong Fei-hung was born in Foshan on the 9th day of the 7th month of the 27th year of the reign of the Daoguang Emperor (c. 1847), the son of Wong Kei-ying - who was one of the "Ten Tigers of Canton".

Martial arts where taught to Fei Hung by his father ( Wong Kei Ying) who was taught by his father Wong Tai  and Luk Ah-choy who was taught by Hung Hei-gun (also a legendary patriot who founded Hung style Kung Fu).

At the age of five Wong Kei Ying started to teach  Fei Hung his knowledge.that was handed down to him before,Fei Hung was taught the classic style hung fists as listed below. 

Single Hard Fist, Double Hard Fist, Taming the Tiger Fist (伏虎拳), Mother & Son Butterfly Knives , Angry Tiger Fist, Fifth Brother Eight Trigram Pole , Flying Hook, and Black Tiger Fist.

But it was at the age of 13 that  Wong met Lam Fuk-sing, the first Student  of Tit Kiu Saam in Douzhixiang, Foshan during a martial arts demonstration. Lam taught Wong the "Tour de Force" of Iron Wire Fist and Sling, which aided Wong become a master of Hung Ga.

At the age of  16, Wong Fei-hung set up his first martial art school at Shuijiao, Guangdong and then opened his clinic Po-chi-lam  in Foshan.

Later on he became the martial arts drill instructor and medical officer of the local millitia and the military.He went on to fight the Japanese in Taiwan .Wong also had a son who he lost in a fire at Po Chi-Lam ,thus losing Po Chi-Lam to.

Wong Later died from illness on the 25th of March 1924 ( age 76),his wife and a couple of his students moved to Hong Kong to carry on his legacy and in turn turned him in to a legendary Folk Hero.

The Tale of him being one the Ten Tigers of Canton is a mistake as his father Wong Kei Ying was one of the Ten.Fei Hung was the Tiger after the Ten.

In his life he perfected many a technique ,his most famous ''The Shadowless Kick'' Made famous in the many films made of him.

So Fei Hung really was a Hero of China ,of course the films are exaggerated ,but hese things always are.But it goes with out saying he was a master of Hung Gar and a profficent Doctor of Chinese Medicine,who could beat his enemy then heal them to recovery.

It sounds like he was the ultimate Martial artist who new the healing powers and spiritual side of the art as well as being a expert Martial artist.A True Legend

 

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This was taken from a Painting of Wong Fei Hung

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