He was nicknamed “The King Of Sil Lim Tao” by Yip Man for his deep understanding of the first form. Sigung placed a great focus on this form in his teachings. He placed a great amount of emphasis on relaxation during the form, minimum to no use of muscular power. Chu Shong Tin taught an internal style of Wing Chun Kung Fu.
He moved to Hong Kong in November 1949, started learning Wing Chun informally in September 1950. The 17-year-old Chu was a secretary at a restaurant at whose premises Ip held classes, which he audited. Chu became Yip’s formal student in January 1951.
Sigung was a pioneer of Wing Chun Kung Fu, pushing and exploring the boundaries and continually trying to improve his knowledge and skills.it is inspiring to stand in his class and see and feel the dedication of his students to their own perfection of Wing Chun’s most basic components, how to stand, relax, move the joints properly with no effort.
In the world of Martial Arts where so many fall victim to the temptation of commercialism, profit and greed. Where self given titles and titles bought from questionable “organisations” like WOMA (World Organizer of Martial Arts) and other similar self important self appointed groups bring all martial arts into disrepute it has been an honour to be associated with a truly humble man of extraordinary skill. He had no need for self-aggrandisement, no pomp and ceremony. no fancy uniforms or titles. In his school the walls were adorned with photos of his teacher Yip Man, his colleagues and his students. There were no elaborate certificates or awards.
The only thing in abundance in his school was, as you can see from this photo, the highest levels of pure joy when a student is able to perform even the simplest most basic of Wing Chun moves properly.
Our dear Sigung you will be sadly missed but will live forever in our hearts and minds as we strive to gain your level of understanding and skill. You have shown us the way and your legacy will last for generations to come.