The Yap Mun Kuen has been distributed under various names. Sometimes it was simply called the South Shaolin form, sometimes more correctly as the introductory form of the Wu family, and there are also quite meaningless Chinese-sounding names for this form on the Internet.
Here we tell you, how the YAP MUN KUEN was created.
Wu Shaoquan (1909-1967, Cantonese Ng Siu Tsuen 吳少泉), father of Wu Mei Ling (cant. Ng Mei Ling 吳美玲), together with his wife Xiao Yanzhen (1923-2012, cant. Siu Yin Zan 蕭燕珍) was a significant kung fu Teacher in Guangdong Province in the first half of the 1900s.
Wu Shaoquan's Kungfu came directly from the legendary Huang Fei Hong (1847-1925, cant. Wong Fei Hung, 黃飛鴻), who contributed significantly to the spread of Hung-Gar-Kungfu / Hung Kuen / Hung Kyun (洪 家 功夫) Has. His student Lin Shi Rong (1860-1943, cant. Lam Sai Wing 林世榮) was an important teacher for Wu Shaoquan. If you would like to learn more about Wu Shao Quan and the Wu family tree, you can read the article Read "Hung Kuen of the Wu family" .
The classic forms of Hung-Gar-Kungfu (mandarin Hong Jia Gongfu 洪 家 功夫) are considered sophisticated and deep. The Gung Zi Fok Fu Kuen (工 字 伏虎 拳), the Fu Hok Seung Ying Kuen (虎 鶴 雙 形 拳, the tiger crane form) and the Tit Sin Kuen (鐵線 拳, the iron Thread form). These routines show the variety of subtle yet powerful Hung Gar techniques. Regardless of their length, they were taught to all students. Beginners started with Gung Zi Fok Fu Kuen and learned the basics of Hung Gar Kungfu with discipline and dedication.