Warrior Legend Series
Ip Man AKA Yip Man was a Chinese Master teacher of Wing Chun. His most famous student was the Master, Bruce Lee!
The Legend is Born
Similar to Bruce Lee, Ip Man was born into a wealthy family in Foshan in the late 1800s.
Starting at a Young Age
As the last student of Master Chan Wah-Shun (Master Chan), Ip Man began learning and practicing the art of Wing Chun at the age of 7. Unfortunately, his teacher died around 3 years after he began his studies. This left Ip Man uncertain of his future direction.
Clash of the Masters
At the age of 16 Ip Man moved to Hong Kong where he intervened to defend a woman from a police officer. Word quickly got around and a man (another student of Master Chan) came back to challenge Ip Man to test his skills. Little to Ip Man know, this man (Leung Bik) was Master Chan's senior student, and whooped up on Ip Man.
Like any "good loser" AKA good student, Ip Man chose to accept his defeat and learn from the man who defeated him.
Funny how life shapes us
At age 24, Ip Man returned to his birthplace of Foshan to become none other than a Police Officer. He continued to teach Wing Chun, but left Foshan on and off due to the Sino-Japanese War. And, since the Chinese Communist Party claimed victory in 1949, he left for Hong Kong because as a Police Officer, he was on the opposing side.
Becoming a Legend
After moving his dojo several times, he finally began establishing himself as a Master teacher by producing quality students. His students raised his level of fame as they began competing against other martial artists - and winning! His students even established the Wing Chun Athletic Association, which raised his hype even more.
Carrying on a Legacy
Ip Man died in Hong Kong in 1972 from throat cancer - 7 months prior to Bruce Lee's death.
Ip Man's legacy is his committed teachings of Wing Chun to his dedicated students. As a result, students like Bruce Lee advanced the art in his own right, which is what carrying a legacy on is all about. His work is documented in writing and also on display at the YIP MAN TONG Museum. You can also find several movies made on the life of Ip Man - some are pretty bad, others are actually pretty good! Check them out in your spare time.
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