Chan Wah-shun

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Chan Wah-shun (陳華順) (c. 1836–1909), nicknamed 'Money Changer Wah' (找錢華), was a student of the wing chun grandmaster Leung Jan (梁贊).[1] He is best known today for being the martial arts teacher of Yip Man, himself best known for being the teacher of Bruce Lee.

Chan owned a coin changing stall near Leung's herbal medicine clinic in Foshan.[1] He carried heavy loads of coins every day, and so developed great strength over the years. Chan had learned martial arts from others before learning wing chun.[citation needed] Leung had only a few private students at the time, including his sons Leung Chun (梁春 loeng4 cheun1) and Leung Bik (梁壁 Liáng Bì; loeng4 bik1), another student Woodman Wah (木人華), and Chan.

The Qing government recruited Chan to be the head instructor of the army, but he served in that position only temporarily before returning home.[1] Chan also learned traditional Chinese Medicine (de da, 跌打) from Leung, eventually closing his money changing business and opening a healing clinic. Chan accepted his last student, Yip Man, when he was 70 years old, but was only able to teach him for three years.[1] Before dying, he asked his second student, Wu Chung-sok (吳仲素), to continue Yip's training after his death.


Lineage in Wing Chun
Sifu Leung Jan (梁贊)
Other teachers Sihing Woodman Wah (木人華)

Chan Wah-shun (陳華順)

Known students Wu Siu-lo (吳小魯) (first?) *

Wu Chung-sok (吳仲素) (second)
Wong Li Chen (黃先生李辰)
Ho Hon-lui (何漢侶)
Lui Yu-chai (雷汝濟)
Yiu Choi (姚財)
Chan Yu-gum (陳汝錦) (Chan's son)
Yip Man (葉問) (last)
16 students in total

Yip Man (葉問)
Known students

Leung Sheung (梁相)
Lok Yiu (駱耀)
Chu Shong-tin (徐尚田)
Wong Shun Leung (黃淳樑)
William Cheung (張卓慶)
Bruce Lee (李小龍)
LoManKam (盧文錦) Ip Chun (葉准)
Ip Ching 葉學正
Leung Ting (梁挺)


  1. ^ a b c d Leung, T. (2005): The Story of Wing Tsun Retrieved on 13 June 2009.