Cantonese Hung Ga
The history of Hung Ga is exceedingly vast and has given birth to many different interpretative styles of martial arts that use the name “Hung Ga.” According to history, South China has been dominated by five Kung Fu styles: Hung, Lau, Choy, Lay, and Mok.
Cantonese Hung Ga is one of these and is the most popular and widespread of the styles. Gar, or Ga, means clan or family in Cantonese Chinese, and Hung refers to the surname of the man who created the system, Hung Hei Guen. The meaning of the name Hung means “Stand tall with integrity” and the teachings of Hung Gar express that quality, integrity, loyalty and other moral characteristics.
Hung Gar Kung Fu had a huge impact on China’s culture and historical development. Many of China’s legendary heroes studied Hung Gar. Wong Fei Hung, Fong Sai Yuk, Tang Fung, and Lam Sai Wing contributed to making the style what it is today. The style has been made famous throughout the world by the movies about the legendary Wong Fei Hung, or the Shaolin Temple and fighting monks with extraordinary skills. The majority of all teachers in America, come from the lineage of Wong Fei Hung, through his disciples. The lineage continues to grow as the system expands.