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Election of a Grand Master

This article gives a personal opinion of what it takes to be a martial arts Grandmaster in today's modern society.

I am currently engulfed by the Politics of who will be the next Grand Master. You will ask "What style"? In this case it doesn't matter. What matters is what kind of leadership we want in our style, whatever it is. Do we want a person who is a fighter only, good at all techniques, but a lousy leader? Do we want a person who, though very talented, will give rank away to the highest bidder? Do we want a good administrator but not so good artist? Do we want one who shuns all other arts as being inferior or "not worth it"?

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How did Bruce Lee die?

How did Bruce Lee die?
There has been much debate and fictional stories about exactly what caused Bruce Lee to die. For that reason, we receive many messages from people asking us - how did Bruce Lee die? We hope this article answers the questions that many martial artists are asking.

Let's put this straight. Much has been said about the way Bruce Lee died, most of it untrue. Despite all the fictional stories that have been told about his death, there is one thing that at least everyone can agree on; Bruce Lee was the most famous martial artist ever to have lived. What he did to promote martial arts and help people to learn how to defend themselves in a weaponless way can never be over estimated, not now and not in the future.

So lets start with the the official press release of Lee's death...

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Ip Man

Ip Man
Ip Man 葉繼問, Yeji was the first ever Master to teach Wing Chun Kung Fu. He was born in Foshan, China on 1st October 1893 but moved to Hong Kong in 1949 and began teaching Wing Chun in 1950. He is reknowned as being the former teacher of Bruce Lee. He passed away in Hong Kong on 2nd December 1972 at the age of 79.

Ip Man, born into a wealthy family was firstly name Ip Kai Man, but it was not until 1906 at the age of 13 he took of the practice of the Martial Arts style Wing Chun. He was taught at the family Ancestral Temple by  Chan Wah Shun (陳華順). However, Wah Shun was too old to teach Ip Man on a regular basis and so instructed Ng Chung Sok (吳仲素) to train Ip Man the Wing Chun techniques. Wah Shun was to die three years later in 1909 with the wishes of Chung sok to continue training Ip Man after his death.

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