Ip Chun

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Ip Chun
Born (1924-07-31) 31 July 1924 (age 89)
Foshan, Guangdong, China
Other names Yip Chun, Yip Jun
Residence Hong Kong
Nationality Chinese
Style Wing Chun
Occupation Martial arts teacher
Notable relatives Yip Man (Father; 1893-1972)
Ip Ching (Brother; 1936-Current)
Notable students Shaun Rawcliffe
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ip.
Ip Chun
Traditional Chinese 葉準
Simplified Chinese 叶准

Ip Chun (born July 1924[1]), also known as Yip Chun or Yip Jun, is a Chinese martial artist specialising in Wing Chun. He is the elder son of Yip Man.[2]

Biography[edit]

Ip began studying Wing Chun with his father when he was seven years old. In 1949, after the Communists established the People's Republic of China on the Chinese mainland, Ip's father left for Hong Kong and Ip, then 24, remained in Foshan to continue his studies in university. Ip studied Chinese history, philosophy, poetry, traditional music, and Buddhism.

By 1950, Ip had completed his studies and he chose teaching as a profession. In addition to teaching Chinese history, music and science, Ip also helped the Chinese Foshan Entertainment Department organise opera plays. During that time, he was awarded "The Person with the Most Potential in Chinese Art" award for his research in music. However, in 1962, due to the Cultural Revolution, Ip and his younger brother, Ip Ching, were forced to leave Foshan and move to Hong Kong to join their father.

In Hong Kong, Ip worked as an accountant and newspaper reporter in the day and practised Wing Chun in the evening under his father's tutelage. In accordance with his father's wishes, in 1965, Ip participated in the affairs of the Wing Chun Athletic Association (WCAA) and became one of its founding members when it was formally established in 1968. During the first three years in the association, Ip took on the role of treasurer and was later appointed as chairman.

In 1967, Ip began teaching Wing Chun in Hong Kong and some of his first students, such as Ho Po-kai and Leung Chung-wai, still train with him at present. Between 1970 and 1971, Ip and Lau Hon-lam taught a class of about 20 students in Ho Man Tin. Ip's father died in December 1972 and entrusted the film footage of his Siu Nim Tao, Chum Kiu and Muk Yan Jong forms to his sons for posterity. Ip inherited his father's legacy and continued teaching Wing Chun.

Ip currently teaches five days and two nights a week at the Wing Chun Athletic Association, as well as teaching a class in Sha Tin once a week. Between 1985 and 2001, Ip travelled abroad to promote and conduct seminars on Wing Chun, before semi-retiring in 2001 to concentrate on teaching in Hong Kong. In 1992, Ip set up the Ip Chun Wing Chun Kuen Martial Arts Association (www.ipchun.org) to certify and authenticate those among his senior students, who have attained instructor qualification under his tutelage, to teach Wing Chun to students from around the world.

Ip served as a consultant for Ip Man, a 2008 Hong Kong film about the life of his father. He also made a special appearance as Leung Bik (son of Leung Jan) in another film, The Legend is Born – Ip Man. In 2013, he made a cameo appearance in another Ip Man film, Ip Man: The Final Fight. Ip Chun received a Fellowship (FSMA) from the Society of Martial Arts (U.K.), the only professional and Educational Charity to introduce the first degree program in martial arts in the world, from its Founder and President Prof. Eugene de Silva Ph.D., FRSA in 2000.

Lineage[edit]

Lineage in Wing Chun
Sifu Yip Man (葉問)
Ip Chun (葉準)
Instructors certified by Ip Chun include:

Colin Ward[3] (UK)
Michael Tse[4] (UK)
Shaun Rawcliffe[5] (UK)
Terence Yip Pui[6] (US)
Chau Keung Lee (Canada)
Brandon Chan Fa Deng(Malaysia)
Dean Jones (South Africa)
Felix Leong Cheok Son (Australia)
Leung Chung Wai (Hong Kong)
Peter Yeung (Sweden Stockholm)[7] (SE)
Ken Lau[8] (Singapore)
Alex Serra [9] (Brazil)
Gordon Shellshear [10] (Australia)

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • www.ipchun.org - Official website for certified representatives of Grandmaster Ip Chun
  • www.ipchun.net - Ip Chun's students association website
  • www.wingchun.co.uk - Sifu Shaun Rawcliffe's Official website; certified representative of Grandmaster Ip Chun