CHOW TZE CHUEN
Dai Sigung Chow Tze Chuen was born in 1925 in Hong Kong
and he joined YIP MAN’s Wing Chun school in Yau Ma Tei district in 1955.
In 1957 the school was moved and because not many students followed Yip Man
in the new location, Dai Sigung Chow helped him by organising a class
with some of his co-workers from the Kowloon Motor Bus Company.
Until 1962 Master Chow attended class daily
and was taught the complete Wing Chun system by Grandmaster Yip Man
covering all the boxing forms, wooden dummy form, Lok Dim Boon Gwun,
kicking techniques, footwork and Baat Jarm Dao form.
During the learning of the wooden dummy form, he installed his dummy on a terrace
and after every work shift he could be found there, drilling the form.
The wooden dummy was situated on an area grown with moss.
Whenever it rained the damp moss would result in a slippery surface
which made it difficult to move about without slipping.
Despite this hazard, Master Chow took this as an opportunity
to develop the precision and strength of his stances and footwork.
In the teaching of the highly secretive Baat Jarm Dao form,
Yip Man was using a pair of wooden knives.
Though the form was taught and its relationship to the boxing forms was mentioned,
application of the knives against other weapons was not taught.
In 1961 Master Chow was encouraged by Grandmaster Yip Man
to strike out on his own as a teacher of Wing Chun
instead of following Grandmaster Yip to the new location on Castle Peak Road.
To encourage Master Chow and give his blessing, Yip Man presented him
From this point on Master Chow started teaching Wing Chun on a part time basis until today.
Grandmaster Yip Man continued to refine Master Chow’s skill
by visiting him and observing how his class and teaching was getting on.
During the course of his many visits, Grandmaster Yip taught Master Chow
a separate wooden dummy section that focussed on kicking.
Dai Sigung Chow was encourage by his Sifu
to blend in more sparring and defending techniques in the Chi Sao exercise
saying that “Lut Sao Kin Kung Fu” (literally : the real kung fu is seen in free sparring).
This means that the Wing Chun practitioner can check his own standard
and progress in his training through his ability in free sparring practice.
Dai Sigung Chow started his first class on the rooftop of a building in Kowloon
and through the years he moved his school several times,
until the last and present location on Castle Peak Road.
A soft-spoken person, Master Chow carried on on the mission
of spreading the teaching of Grandmaster Yip Man’s Wing Chun
without asking for personal gain and fame.
Though he has been teaching for the past few decades,
Dai Sigung Chow continues to hone his skills by practicing his boxing forms daily
and he preserves the tradition by transmitting the complete Wing Chun system
that was taught to him by Grandmaster Yip Man.