Barry Pang Kung Fu
Since 1974
Hours : By appointment

Lung Ying (Dragon Shape) Kung Fu was designed by Ng Mui and was the central style that she spent her lifetime refining.

It was passed down through the generations to the modern grandmaster, Lam Yiu Gwai (1887-1966) who in turn passed the art to several notable students in Guangzhou, including Wu Hua Tai (1914-2002). It is Sigung Wu’s teaching that has been incorporated into Barry Pang Kung Fu during his periods of residency with the club in the 1990s.

Lam Yiu Gwai Lung Ying Dragon Shape
Grandmaster Lam Yiu Gwai performing Dragon Shape movements

Characteristics

Dragon Shape is a smooth, flowing style that develops power from the waist and legs, whilst pressing the opponent with soft hands that dissipate their attacks. Like Wing Chun, it uses footwork to rapidly close the gap on opponents, using in-close hand and forearm techniques to strike, control and overwhelm.

Park demonstration
Wu Sigung practicing Dragon Shape techniques with students, Guangzhou 1994

Training

Developing skills in this ‘internal’ style takes long-term dedication. It’s power is felt rather than seen. When learning from his master, Lam Yiu Gwai is said to have been instructed to spend years simply developing his stance and basic footwork. The result was supreme mobility and the ability close the gap on – and dispatch – experienced fighters in milliseconds.

Further reading:

Grandmaster Wu Hua Tai (in memoriam)
Grandmaster Lam Yiu Gwai (wikipedia entry)

see also: wing Chun Kung Fu