Hung Fut

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Hung Fut
Also known asHung and Buddha style kung fu
Country of originChina
CreatorLei Jou Fun
Famous practitionersHung Yu Chung, Hung Kam Pui
ParenthoodHung Gar, Fut Gar
Olympic sportNo

Hung Fut (Chinese: 洪佛; pinyin: hóng fó) is a southern style of Chinese martial art, first developed in the early 1800s by Lei Jou Fun 李祖寬 and widely practiced today.[citation needed]


Hung Fut is considered to be a hybrid system. Its philosophies are a mixture of two martial art systems: the powerful, hard style of Hung Gar with the flowing, soft style of Fut Gar (Buddha's palm) forms that develop body coordination. Hung Fut is a combat method that uses economy of movement in order to achieve efficiency. Its strategies are to try to throw the opponent into an awkward position that makes defense difficult and counterattack unlikely. There is no need to keep contact with an opponent, as the system uses interchangeable and flexible movements.

The system also includes techniques from Fut Jeung which is thought to be a Shaolin Buddhist method, and ten animal styles (snake, tiger, leopard, lion, eagle, crane, monkey, elephant, horse and dragon) as well as "8 Drunken Immortal" forms (based on the personality traits of the 8 heavenly deities of Chinese traditional religion), "4 Afflictions/Cripples" forms (a deceptive mimicry of one who is crippled) and a left-handed form (based on the legend of a famous general fighting while holding the infant son of a Chinese emperor).[citation needed] The left-handed form is practiced as a single-handed form, with the right held behind the back, at the waistline. As per oral communication from Grand Master Hung Kam Pui, the single handed form (Duhk Bei Kyuhn) was developed by Hung Jiu Sing for one of his students, who only had one arm. There is also a sword form that is practiced in the same fashion. This is the style that Donnie Yen used in his movie, Dragon, after learning it from Hung Kam Pui.

There are somewhat different lineages and succession stories listed by various Hung Fut schools around the world. The stories of the masters vary also from account to account. As the style has moved around the world, the content of the system—number and names of forms, types of power used, stances, techniques, theory, and training methods—has also changed, leading to a large variation from school to school.[1]

8th generation grandmaster, Tai Yim, the adopted son of Hung Yu Chung, the 7th generation grandmaster, immigrated from China to the United States in 1977. He traveled to the United States to fulfill the wish of Hung Yu Chung to spread Hung Fut to the west. He opened his first United States side school in Wheaton Maryland in 1978 and now teaches in Kensington, Maryland, a suburb outside of Washington D.C.[2]

The 9th Generation Masters, inducted by 8th generation Grandmaster Tai Yim include: Master Linh Thai, Master Eugene Chung, Master John Miller, Master Mike Sutton, Master Vicky Miller, Master Shelton Lee Jr, Master Ricardo Chen, and Master Jae Ha Hwang. Some of his most notable students include Joe Myers, Don Niam, Hung Stewart (International Grand Champion), Phung Lee ( International Grand Champion), Ed Pratt (National Full contact fighting and Forms Champion), Antwann Rawls (Forms and Fighting National Grand Champion), James Whitley (Forms and Fighting International Grand Champion), Philippe Prosper (Forms and Fighting International Grand Champion), Lester Solomon (Asst. Chief Instructor), Michael Hammond (Asst. Chief Instructor Forms and Fighting International Grand Champion), Stephen Roberts (Asst. Chief Instructor).[3] [4] [5]

There are other masters of this generation who are in other countries around the world, such as in Hong Kong and Raymond Man Ying Nap in Scotland.[6] In 2007, Tai Yim sent top instructors, James Whitley and Philippe Prosper to São Paulo to represent him in introducing Hung Fut Kung Fu to Brazil in the International Grandmasters Exhibition and Kung Fu Tournament with Grandmasters from the United States Traditional Kung Fu and Wushu Federation.

The official Grandmaster for the 8th generation is controversial. Hung Kam Pui from Hong Kong, is the official chairman and founder of the HUNG FUT PAI CHINESE KUNG FU ASSOCIATION. A semi complete family tree, full of a definitive list of Hung Fut Pai teachers is here: Hung Fut Family Tree. NYC has a strong Hung Fut Pai branch (Hung Kam Pui) that is very active in the Hung Fut community.NYC HUNG FUT PAI BRANCH The NYC branch is run by SIFU Phil Auffray Hung Man Fu Another Sifu worth mentioning is Sifu Jai A.K.A. Lee Tai-Luhng. All of these masters practice with dedication in NYC and frequently return to China to study with master Hung Kam Pui.

Unique features[edit]

Hung Fut is truly an original martial art form from China. Its roots go back to the Shaolin temple. Hung Fut is a modified fighting form that has brought together the combined knowledge of many kung fu masters and styles.

All Hung Fut forms start with the left side of the body.

The Hung Fut system includes more than twenty weapons, the best known of which is the left-handed staff style. There are traditionally ten different staff forms taught; each successive one increases in difficulty and intensity. The staff is the first weapon taught in the system and also the last. The final staff form is the most famous and mysterious. Most commonly known as the "mad devil staff" it was traditionally passed down only to the one or few select students appointed to succeed a teacher. This form was used by the sixth generation Grandmaster, Hung Jiu Sing, also known as the "White Haired Devil", and there are several students known to have received his transmittion of this.


  1. ^ Faux, Jason (October 2009). "History of Hung Fut". Hung Fut Kung Fu Australia. Archived from the original on October 26, 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  2. ^ Tai Yim Kung Fu
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  6. ^ Hung Fut Scotland Archived August 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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