Mini Biography - Grandmaster Gary Lam

Grandmaster Lam trained with legendary Sifu Wong Shun Leung for 15 years and taught at his school for another 6 years. His outstanding skills are made known with his numerous awards and his becoming the champion of the Hong Kong Full Contact Tournament and being undefeated in 1978-1979.

His peers elected him as the President of the Hong Kong Wing Chun Society in 1991. And in 2006, he received an award from the World Wing Chun Athletic Association Hall of Fame for his contributions to Wing Chun.

One of the leading experts in the world in Wing Chun Kung Fu, Grandmaster Lam teaches at his school in Los Angeles, California, USA and does seminars across the globe. IDMA is fortunate to have this renowned and respected grandmaster participating in its program.

Wing Chun Kung Fu History

Wing Chun (also known as Wing Tsun or Ving Tsun) Kung Fu is a Chinese martial art developed within the Shaolin Monastery and used during the Qing Dynasty. Who exactly the creator is remains unknown due to its secrecy, its many offshoots, and lack of written documentation. Various legends exist about its founder but none can be verified.

Some renowned people associated with Wing Chun are Bruce Lee (actor and martial artist), Yip Man (first master to teach the secretive Wing Chun openly), Wong Fei Hung (a martial artist and medical doctor), Yim Wing-chun (historical character from the Wing Chun legends), and Bodhidharma (6th century Indian monk and founder of the Zen School of Buddhism).

About Wing Chun Kung Fu

Wing Chun is practiced world-wide and is considered the most popular form of Southern Kung Fu. Used by military and law enforcement, it specializes in close-range combat and is known for its practicality and efficiency. Efficiency meaning: injure your attacker and use the least amount of force to do it. This is based on: a small force correctly applied can deflect a powerful strike or even produce one. Wing Chun's deflection and counter-attack used simultaneously nullifies an attack.

One of Wing Chun's main concepts is the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. All Wing Chun strikes attack along what is called a centerline (an imaginary line that divides the body into equal and balanced sections on which all the major weak points are located). Wing Chun's philosophy is: to control a fight, the centerline must be controlled. All of Wing Chun's techniques are based on the centerline. The centerline is controlled through the wrist, the lower arm, the elbow, the shoulder, and whole body.

Chi Sao, meaning sticky hands, is a rolling hands drill known as the soul of Wing Chun. It is used to train the martial artist in sensitivity and resistance, and when perfected, then merely through the opponent's touch, the martial artist's skill will let him know the attackers next move.

Kicks in Wing Chun are used offensively and defensively and always placed below the waist.

Various forms exist in Wing Chun but the most common forms used to train are three empty hands forms, one wooden dummy form, and two weapon forms.

The two primary weapons used for training in Wing Chun are the Parallel Shaped Double Knives (Baat Jaam Do) and a 6-12 foot long pole known as the Long Pole or Dragon Pole.

Gary Lam
Grandmaster Gary Lam
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