Lam Sai Wing is widely considered one of the best martial artists of his time. He was born in 1860 in Ping Chow, a small village in the Namhoi district of Canton province. He grew up at a time when China was still under the rule of the Ching government and the people were suffering from poverty, hunger, and oppression. Lam Sai Wing was born into a family of martial artists and started learning Kung Fu at an early age. Because of his dedication, he progressed rapidly and mastered his family’s style of Kung Fu. Over the years, he trained under many prominent masters, improving his knowledge and skill.

Lam Sai Wing's search for a Kung Fu master finally brought him to the door of the legendary folk hero, Wong Fei Hung. Lam had heard so much about Wong Fei Hung that one day he decided to go and see if he was as good as he had heard. It is said that Lam respectfully challenged Wong Fei Hung and asked to test his skills. The challenge, however didn't last long and despite his already accomplished skills Lam was no match for him. He was knocked down to the ground by Wong 's famous technique, "The Shadowless Kick”. Lam realized there was much he could learn from this great master. He kneeled on the floor and asked to be accepted as Wong's disciple.

Upon being accepted as Wong’s student, Lam Sai Wing stayed and trained with him as an apprentice. Over the many years of hard training, Lam learned and mastered everything his master taught him, including his famous skills in Bonesetting. He eventually became the most famous student of Wong Fei Hung. Lam Sai Wing's fame spread all over Canton and he became a well respected figure in the Martial Arts community. Lam's fame grew even more when he entered a competition in Canton. He used his Hung Gar skills to defeat all his opponents and won the first prize.

Lam Sai Wing was a kind and honest person who always helped those in need. His deeds are still remembered to this day. On one occasion in the early days of the China’s Republican Era, Lam demonstrated his Kung Fu skills in a charity event to raise money for an orphanage in Canton. The president of the time, Sun Yat Sen was also present at this event. Sun Yat Sen was very impressed by Lam Sai Wing and honored him by giving him a medal for all his deeds and efforts for helping those in need.

Lam was an excellent teacher and taught his skills openly to the public. Masses of students from all over southern China came to study under him. Being an excellent teacher, he produced many high calibre students. He was also asked to instruct the army in martial arts and became the head instructor for the new Republic’s Chinese Army in Canton.

Lam Sai Wing did not have children of his own, but adopted a young orphaned boy, (Lam Jo) whose parents had passed away when the boy was still very young. Lam Sai Wing loved and raised Lam Jo like his own son, gave him his family name and passed down all his Hung Gar knowledge as well as teaching him the traditional art of bonesetting and healing. Some years after the fall of Ching Dynasty and in early years of the Republic, Lam Sai Wing was invited to live and teach in Hong Kong. He eventually moved to Hong Kong, taking his nephew with him. Soon after moving to Hong Kong, Lam Sai Wing set up the Southern Martial Physical Culture Association where he continued teaching Hung Gar until his death in 1943.

Lam Sai Wing's endless efforts to teach, preserve and spread the art of Hung Gar are well known. With the help of his students, he popularized Hung Gar even more when he published three books on hung gar: Conquering the Tiger Form, Tiger Crane Form, and The Iron Wire Set. This was the first time anyone published a book on Hung Gar which was available to the general public. To date, these 3 books are still in publication and widely accepted as the best written resources on Hung Gar.







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