中國拳學思維 Philosophy of Chinese Kungfu


Yi Quan Kungfu - Master Wang Xiangzhai



Chinese Wrestling Shangpuxing Style Kungfu - Master Bo Enfu



Bai Mei (White-browed) Kungfu -Master Cheung Lai-Chuen (Zhang liquan)

(1889 – 1964)



Wing Chun Kungfu -

Master Wong Chun-Liang (Wang Chunliang)
(1935 – 1997)



Jeet Kune Do Kungfu - Master Bruce Lee (Li Xiaolong)

(1940 - 1973)


Master Wang was born in feudal China and learnt Kungfu since childhood. But he is never a conservative practitioner.

He believes that all good things worth learning, so he spends his life researching different forms of combat martial arts. He is able to apply the Chinese philosophical principle of "Great Harmony" to combine the essence of various forms and elements of Kungfu together successfully. Advocator of "Having no way as your way", Master Wang teaches by inspiring the students to think and apply their instincts rather than manipulate.

 Meeting the challenge of Western martial arts, Master Wang further studies and later becomes a famous figure of reform by absorbing the advantages of Western martial arts in his own system of Chinese combat martial arts.

 In 1947, he sets up the "Research Society of Chinese Martial Arts."

 He once said, "Kungfu philosophy is the essence of expertise of Kungfu practitioners through summing up their precious experience!"

In addition to being expert on Chinese Wrestling Shangpuxing Style, Master Bo is also good at Yiquan and Western boxing.

He melts Chinese and Western Kungfu, by bringing together the Western training methods and the study of Chinese Kunfu, such as introducing the concept of muscle strength training to his disciples.

His promotion of the unification of mind, skills, and strength in free fighting which is both untraditional and makes Kungfu transcend from mere physical skills to the higher metaphysical level.

He summarises four major elements or theories of Kunfu, namely, "Kicking, punching, grabbing, and throwing." In practice, these four elements are supplementing and complementing with each other. Bringing parts together to form a complete system is necessary for Kungfu practioners.

Master Cheung concludes his Kungfu philosophy in the saying, "Transformation from the boundary of Form". It means one should not be bound by the Pattern or Form.

His authentic process of learning Kungfu confirms that Master Cheung is never bound by the dichotomy of External Kungfu and Internal Kungfu.

Being flexible in mind, one will be free from the constraints of traditional skills. All good moves in free sparring situations are meant to be absorbed to form one's own system of fighting and personal fighting style.

He often says: "Practise skills a thousand times, maintain movement naturally, apply force through joints, adapt to situations with mind."

True practitioners of Kungfu is not seeking the accumulation of skills, but rather mastery of the essence of martial arts. As a result, one would be able to apply, and solve practically and competently when situations arise.

Master Wong is an advocator of "Being flexible in both learning and application". He believes whatever the form of Kungfu and wherever the situation, one should apply what he/she has learnt, so as to verify the principles, skills, and elements,

One will be benefited greatly if holding an open but deliberate mind, working towards in-depth understanding of different forms of martial arts, willing to exchange with practitioners of other schools.

The experience learnt in the process, should be geared to the refinement of the Kungfu theories and elements of oneself, through reforming, anlyzing, combining, teaching and learning. The ultimate goal is the unification of teaching and learning with fighting.

He often said, "Be the Master of Kungfu, and never the slave."

It is a well known fact that Master Bruce Lee was the chief advocator for " having no limitation" in martial arts training.

He believes that no matter you are a Chinese or Western martial arts practitioner, or under which school or Sect you are receiving training, you should not narrow down your mind, but learn in the great ocean of martial arts whatever techniques which are good and useful. And then try to research, classify and improve these techniques.

As an example, Bruce Lee had absorbed the Western scientific training methods of martial arts, integrated with the essence of Chinese and Western philosophy.

He also advocates that Kungfu practitioners should liberate themselves from the unnecessary limitations and boundaries of traditional martial arts schools.

In a long run, you should not count how many martial arts techniques you have learnt, but whether these techniques are practical for you and other people, and ultimately have become comprising elements of your own Kungfu system. In other words, he is supporting a system of  comprehensive martial arts.