Side Body Wing Chun, also known as Gulao Wing Chun, originates from Mr. Leung Jan. Mr. Jan’s ancestral home was Gulao village, Heshan county. It is said that when he was 73 years old, he retired to his native village. There, he accepted Wong Wah-Sum, Yik Ying, Leung Bak-Cheung, etc. as students. They say what he taught them was Side Body Wing Chun, not Straight Body Wing Chun. It had one set of hand techniques and a 3 1/2 point pole method. Leung Jan taught them until he died at age 76. Following his death, Mr. Jan’s Kwan Knife was placed in the Heshan Ancestral Hall and every year a memorial ceremony was held.
Wong Wah-Sum taught the skills to Koo Siu-Lung and Fung Lim. Pien San Wing Chun thus has two branches- the Fung Family and the Koo family.
Pien San Wing Chun was generally only taught to students in the same village. Trusted to teach it outside were Fung Lim (Fei Lo Lim or Fat Lim) and Fung Joi-Hoi (called Seung Hoi). In Guangzhou, Fung Lim’s son, Fung Sang, received instruction from Koo Siu-Lung, thus learning from both families. In Hong Kong, there are very few students. Fellow villager Lee Ding (Bak Tao Lao or White Head, also known as Lee Bak) moved to Vancouver, Canada in 1988 where he taught a few students.
Fung Lim had studied Fujian Siu Lam (Shaolin) and mixed the methods. Therefore, the Fung family fist method was compartively harder and more fierce.
Pien Shen Wing Chun uses short bridge and narrow stances. The “Yee” Character Clamping Yang Stance is the foundation, the stances and steps turn and move with agility, like the wheels of a cart. The elbows sink and the shoulders drop. The fingers are together and the fists are empty. The specialty is sticking and striking.
Gulao Wing Chun is 7 parts soft, 3 parts hard. Foshan Wing Chun is 3 parts soft, 7 parts hard.
New Martial Hero. Roughly translated from Chinese.