Ip Chun

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Ip Chun
Ip in 2018
BornIp Hok-chun (葉學準)
(1924-07-10) 10 July 1924 (age 99)
Foshan, Guangdong, Republic of China
Native name葉準
Other namesYip Chun
Yip Jun
ResidenceHong Kong
StyleWing Chun
Teacher(s)Ip Man
Years active1967–present
OccupationMartial arts practitioner
  • Ip Kong-chiu (son)
  • Ip Kong-kin (son)
Notable relativesIp Man (father)
Cheung Wing-sing (mother)
Ip Ching (little brother)
Ip Nga-sum (sister)
Ip Nga-wun (sister)
Ip Siu-wah (half-brother)
Notable club(s)Wing Chun Ip Chun Academy
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese葉準
Simplified Chinese叶准

Ip Chun (Chinese: 葉準; born Ip Hok-chun; Chinese: 葉學準; 10 July 1924),[1] also known as Yip Chun or Yip Jun, is a Chinese martial artist and actor in the style of Wing Chun. He is the elder of two sons. Chun's father, Ip Man was the Wing Chun teacher of Bruce Lee.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born Ip Hok-chun in Foshan, Guangdong on 10 July 1924 to police officer and martial artist Ip Man and his wife Cheung Wing-sing.

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. However, 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.


Ip studied Chinese history, philosophy, poetry, traditional music, and Buddhism. In 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.

Professional career[edit]

In Hong Kong, Ip worked as an accountant and newspaper reporter in the day and practiced 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 Ving Tsun Athletic Association[2] 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.

Teaching accomplishments[edit]

In 1967, Ip began teaching Wing Chun in Hong Kong and some of his first students, such as Leung Chung-wai and Ho Kay, chairman of Wing Chun Ip Chun Academy and a student of Ip for three decades, still train with him at present.[1] 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. In 2014 Ip Chun was selected as a nominee to represent Wing Chun as the inheritor of the legacy of Wing Chun-style kung fu.[1] Ip Chun has taught and held seminars in many cities, including countries such as Australia, England and the United States.[3]

Ip Chun with a student in Australia

In film[edit]

Ip Chun had a small role in the 1976 film Bruce Lee: The Man, The Myth as Bruce Lee's Wing Chun Sifu (Ip Man). Ip made a special appearance as Ip Man in the 1999 film What You Gonna Do, Sai Fung? (a.k.a. 1959 某日某). Ip served as a consultant for Ip Man, a 2008 Hong Kong film about the life of his father. He also made another special appearance as Leung Bik (son of Leung Jan) in another film, The Legend is Born – Ip Man.[3] In 2013, he made a cameo appearance in another Ip Man film, Ip Man: The Final Fight.

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • 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 PhD, FRSA in 2000.
  • Received "The Person with the Most Potential in Chinese Art" award for his research in music.
  • Winner of the China Movie Channel Media Awards for Best Male Supporting Role at Shanghai International Film Festival 2010.[4]
  • Nominated at the China Movie Channel Media Awards for Best New Actor at Shanghai International Film Festival 2010.[5]



  1. ^ a b c d Boehler, Patrick (27 August 2014). "Chinese kung fu masters battle over inheritance of Yip Man's Wing Chun legacy". South China Morning Post. No. Online. South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  2. ^ Chiang, Christabel (9 June 2016). "Wing Chun master Dennis Lee may open school in Singapore". The New paper. No. Online. SPH Digital News Copyright © 2017 Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Archived from the original on 27 July 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b Yap, Brian (11 September 2014). "Bureaucracy may be wing chun kung fu master's biggest foe". South China Morning Post. No. Online. South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  4. ^ "探古尋源:詠春以柔制剛 子承父業發揚武術精神". No. Online. TVB News. 8 January 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Ip Man's Son Nominated for Best New Actor". No. Online. M1905.com. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2020.

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