Grandmaster Ip Man’s Wing Chun Rules of Conduct (traditional):
Remain disciplined – Conduct yourself ethically as a martial artist.
Practice courtesy and righteousness – Serve the society and respect your elders.
Love your fellow students – Be united and avoid conflicts.
Limit your desires and pursuit of bodily pleasures – Preserve the proper spirit.
Train diligently – Maintain your skills.
Learn to develop spiritual tranquility – Abstain from arguments and fights.
Participate in society – Be moderate and gentle in your manners.
Help the weak and the very young – Use martial skills for the good of humanity.
Pass on the tradition – Preserve this Chinese art and rules of conduct.
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Here is a translation of an original interview with Grandmaster Ip Man in the magazine “New Martial Hero“, and it is one of only two ever-published interviews with the famous Wing Chun Grandmaster.
Grandmaster Ip was a Foshan native, and when he was very young, he was quite weak. Because of this, his parents sent him to learn Wing Chun from Chan Wah Shun, the most outstanding student of the famous Dr. Leung Jan.
When Grandmaster Ip described his past, he did so with great warmth.
New Martial Hero: Did Chan Wah Shun have the nickname Jau-Chin Wah (Wah the Money-Changer)?
Ip Man: This nickname does not represent my instructor’s character. Other than ‘Wah the Money Changer’, he had also a less graceful nickname. ‘Ngau-Chin Wah’ (Wah the Bull). He was the head student of Dr Leung Jan.
New Martial Hero: This name indicates that Wah was a very bad tempered person who liked fighting all the time, right? How many students did Wah admit? How were you ranked amongst your kung fu brothers?
Ip Man: Including me, Wah only admitted 16 students since opening his Wing Chun school. I was 11 years old when I became his student during his latter years.