Chu Shong-tin

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Chu Shong Tin
Born 1933
Hong Kong Hong Kong
Died July 28, 2014
Native name 徐尚田
Residence Hong Kong Hong Kong
Style Wing Chun
Teacher(s) Grandmaster Yip Man
Rank Grandmaster
Notable students Jim Fung (馮傳強), Ah Kuen, Mo Chiu Po, Suzanna Ho, Lit Leung Yiu, Sifu William Lai

Chu Shong Tin (Chinese: 徐尚田; Jyutping: ceoi4 soeng6 tin4; 1933-2014) was the third student of martial arts teacher Yip Man in the discipline of Wing Chun, and remained at Yip Man's school to become his senior instructor.

He moved to Hong Kong in November 1949, started learning Wing Chun informally in September 1950. The 17-year-old Chu was a secretary at a restaurant at whose premises Ip held classes, which he audited. Chu became Yip's formal student in January 1951. As his health was not good, he took a concept-based form of the discipline.[1] He taught select students from all over the world, communicating with English speaking students through body language and hands on demonstration, or was assisted by other Chinese students, since he didn't speak English. Though he considered himself retired, he accepted students for the purpose of passing on his understanding of Nim Lik to ensure its survival.

He wrote the book 《詠春寶鑑》 and has produced instructional DVDs.

He is known as the 'King of Siu Nim Tao', Wing Chun's most important form and its crucial foundation. This is because he believes that more time should be given to practise Siu Nim Tao than Chum Kiu and Biu Jee.


Lineage in Wing Chun
sifu Yip Man (葉問)
Chu Shong Tin (徐尚田)
known students

Jim Fung (馮傳強)
Mo Chiu Po (Frederick Mo)
Ah Kuen
Sifu William Lai
Lit Leung Yiu
Ma Kee Fai
Sebastian Soza
Alex Wong
Kwong Sun Sun (Kang Sin Sin)
Ting Kwok Wai(Thomas Ting)
Susana Ho Cheuk Har
Nima King
Kai Taylor
John Cogan
James Colmer
Kaming Yuen
Lam Ping Hung (林炳鸿) Marty Anderson

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Lam, Lana (Sep 11, 2011) "Grandmaster of wing chun wins fight with cancer". South China Morning Post