Chu Shong-tin

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Chu Shong Tin
BornJune 6, 1933 (1933)
Hong Kong
DiedJuly 28, 2014 (2015) (aged 81)
Hong Kong
Native name徐尚田
ResidenceHong Kong
StyleWing Chun
Teacher(s)Grandmaster Ip Man
Notable studentsJim Fung (馮傳強), Lit Leung Yiu

Chu Shong Tin (Chinese: 徐尚田; Jyutping: ceoi4 soeng6 tin4; June 6, 1933 [1] – July 28, 2014) was the third student of martial arts teacher Ip 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.[2] 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.[3]

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 practice Siu Nim Tao than Chum Kiu and Biu Jee.

Master Chu Shong Tin has said to become proficient in wing chun is that: “Practicing, discussing and questioning are the best ways to success".[4]


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

Jim Fung (馮傳強)
Mo Chiu Po (Frederick Mo)
Ah Kuen
William Lai (黎錦興)
Kang Sin Sin
Lit Leung Yiu
Sebastian Soza
Ma Kee Fai
Nima King
Alex Wong
Paul Tang (大法師)
Ting Kwok Wai (Thomas Ting)
Kaming Yuen
Lam Ping Hung (林炳鸿)
Marty Anderson
Mark Spence
Anthony Blencowe
Lindy Scott
Kai Taylor


  1. ^ "81TH BIRTHDAY BANQUET OF GRANDMASTER CHU IN 2014 07/06/2014". 2014年徐師81歲壽宴-07062014. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  2. ^ Lam, Lana (Sep 11, 2011) "Grandmaster of wing chun wins fight with cancer". South China Morning Post
  3. ^ "Chu Shong Tin Wing Chun DVDs Videos". Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  4. ^ "Thoughts When Approaching Twenty Years in Wing Chun". 2018-01-20. Retrieved 2019-01-20.

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