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Mentally and physically stronger.

Hung Ga Kung Fu Utrecht is the place to be for traditional kungfu. We practice the kungfu style Hung Ga. Hung Ga is one of the worldwide best-known traditional kungfu systems. It offers physical training, practical self-defence and improves.  Besides sets we practice applications, self-defence, conditioning, sparring drills and fighting situations.
We train in a friendly atmosphere and everybody can learn at their own pace and train with their own intensity; the only thing require is some perseverance to master the techniques.
After all, kungfu means ‘work hard’ in the meaning of ‘practice makes perfect’.
The training basically suits everyody, young (from age 14) and old, wether you want to train just for fun or more fanatic. Classes are held in Dutch/English.

Picture: kungfu greeting, Hong Kong 2003.

“Kungfu is an investment in yourself. One becomes fitter, healthier and mentally stronger and thougher.”

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and take a trial lesson (from age 14).

What does Hung Ga kungfu offer?

– Movement and improved coordination
– Practical fighting techniques (for self-defence)
– Mobility and physical training
– Recovery training (flexiblity) and anti-stress
– Traditional sets: a systematic approach for profen results:
the sets train body, spirit and mind (through the integrated Chi Kung (breathing exercises))
– Confidence
– Traditional weapons (advanced level) – ranging from sabre, daggers and straight sword to spear and long pole
And much more…

Kungfu

The name ‘kungfu’

Kungfu is the name for Chinese martial arts. However, there are many different kungfu styles/systems. While one kungfu-style might put emphasis on health, the other might focus on fighting techniques Likewise, one style could focus on arm techniques, the other on leg techniques, et cetera. In short, kungfu is a wide term that can mean many different things, and is also modernly used for kungfu-derived martial arts.
Kungfu literally means something resembling ‘skill you have to work hard for’. The term kungfu started circulating in the Western film industry and as such was adapted in Hong Kong and Taiwan. There, the original Chinese term ‘kuen’ (chuan/quan) is still in use, which means ‘fist fighting’. 
In mainland China however, the term ‘wushu’ is usually preferred. However, after 1950 a more athletic, agility-based, aesthetic variant has been promoted in China (the so-called modern wushu). Because of this, the term ‘wushu’ can be confusing. For this reason, within the traditional styles, the term ‘kungfu’ is preferred.

What is practiced in kungfu?

Kungfu is a combination of fighting techniques and physical and mental training. Step by step, one learns sets (series of movements). With a partner one practices this movements again as applications, with defence and counter, so one learns to defend him-/herself by reflex. This training structure is supported by a warm-up, mobility/flexibility and functional strength excersises. Furthermore, sparring drills are practiced and, optionally, it’s possible to sparr (semi contact) with some protection gear. 

The kungfu style Hung Ga 

The name ‘Hung Ga’

Hung Ga Kuen is one of the more known traditional styles/systems of kungfu. Hung Ga literally means ‘Hung family’. Combined with ‘Kuen’ it means ‘fist fighting/boxing/pugilism of the Hung family’. In Western script it is also written as Hung Gar, Hung Ka, and sometimes it’s also just called Hung Kuen of Hung Kyun (Hung’s fist fighting).

Hung Ga Kuen

Brief history

The Hung Ga style came into existence a few hundred years ago and is named after Hung Heigun. According to the legends he was a disciple/lay monk at the Southern-Chinese Siulam monastery and was one of the few that managed to escape when the monastery was destroyed by the Manchus, who invaded China. Other stories, however, tell that kungfu was practiced all over in China from early days and that Hung Ga stands for Hung Mun Kyun, the style of the rebells i South China during the Boxer Rebellion. 
Anyway, Hung Ga Kuen has a practical base for sure, and over the years has been tested and improved by many masters. For instance, Hung Kuen master Wong Fei Hung, who was legendary in China because of his ‘shadowless kick’, has had big influence on the structure of the system. His student Lam Sai Wing brought the style to Hong Kong, where it got famous and widely practiced as a sport. From Hong Kong it spread all over the world.

Characteristics

The most important characteristics of Hung Ga are the solid, medium-deep stances and emphasis on using the (lower) arms. Furthermore, Hung Ga is known for it’s shadowless kick, kicks in combination with hand techniques that block the view of the opponent.
The techniques in Hung Ga have partially been named after five animals and five elements. These are the tiger, crane, snake, dragon and leopard – and fire, earth, metal, water and wood.
Foremost, Hung Ga can be characterised as a hard style. However, besides hard, direct blocking techniques, Hung Ga also has softer flowing techniques.
Furthermore, Hung Ga also includes internal sets (for advanced students) in which the emphasis lies on regulated breathing (so-called Qigong).
This makes Hung Ga excellent for health and mind as well. In fact, many Hung Ga practitioners become over 90 years old and are still mentally and physically healthy even at a high age.

Also characteristic for a traditional kungfu style like Hung Ga are the weapons, normally one can start with weapons after about 6 months to one year. In Hung Ga there are many weapons, such as pole, butterfly swords, daggers, sabre, straight sword, spear, trident, halberd and chains. Furthermore, weapon application drills and two-men sets with weapons are practiced.

Club info

Hung Ga Kung Fu Utrecht is one of the few real traditional kungfu schools in the area and one of the few schools that offer the complete system. We train in a serious, but friendly social atmosphere. The groups are not too big, so will get the needed attention and nobody is lost in mass.

The school is led by C. van ’t Slot and he is assisted by few of the advanced students that already train for many years in the school. 

The school is a member of the IMEAC and World Hung Kuen Association, and thus internationally reckognised.
A few of the students, only the ones really interested, joins tournaments about once a year.

Students of our school have already won several prizes, including many first places. A highlight worth mentioning was the success of students at the very big tournament in Hong Kong in 2011, “The First Universal Chinese Sport-Wushu Competition” (as part of the Asian “Universal Games”): at this tournament the two joining students each got a first place.
Futhermore, it’s possible to join seminars. Every few years we organise a seminar with masters from Hong Kong and, occasionally, we participate in seminars organised by other schools.

Instructor

Hung Ga Kung Fu Utrecht is led by C. van ’t Slot, certified kungfu teacher. He started martial arts at the age of 13. He first learned Shaolin Kempo Karate (a mix of Karate with Indonesian Kuntao sets, developed in the Netherlands). After four years of hard training, C. van ’t Slot received his black belt (Dutch Karate Association, WKF reckognised) in this martial arts. In the same year he had already started with Hung Ga kungfu when the same school started offering kungfu classes. After many years of training a black sash was attained.
After some seminars with grand masters from Hong Kong, C. van ’t Slot knew he could improve even more. Therefore, in 2000, he went to Hong Kong. In Hong Kong he was accepted as a student by grand master  Lam Chun Fai  and started to learn the Hung Ga style of the Lam family. This is one of the most traditional versions of Hung Ga where many depth en fighting applications have been preserved. Since then, C. van ’t Slot has returned to Hong Kong every year to learn more. Even though he has learnt the complete curriculum now, one can always improve more, and even teachers have to keep in shape to master their kungfu.

C. van ’t Slot also trains under and with other masters regularly, to exhange ideas and improve even more. From 2002-2007, C. van’t Slot also trained under grand master Lam Chun Sing, the younger brother of Lam Chun Fai, when going to Hong Kong. (After 2007 Lam Chun Sing moved to Senzhen and later Foshan). The last few years C. van ’t Slot also trains together with master Wong Chung Man, a good friend and Hung Ga master from the same ‘family’, in order to keep up previously learned two-men sets.
Besides the training trips, the above-mentioned grand masters have been to the Netherlands already to teach C. van ’t Slot and for seminars in the school in Utrecht. 
Because of his dedication and enthusiasm, C. van ’t Slot has become one of the better and advanced students of grand master Lam Chun Fai. E.g. in 2003 he won the first prize in the category “Short Forms” at the World Cup Hung Ga.
Grand master Lam Chun Fai even stimulated C. van ’t Slot to start teaching kungfu. Therefore, with the full support of grand master Lam Chun Fai, C. van’t Slot passes on the Hung Ga kung fu of the Lam family.

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Lam Chun Fai

Grand master Lam Chun Fai was born in 1940 in Hong Kong and was given his name by his granduncle, Lam Sai Wing. Grand master Lam Chun Fai started his Hung Ga training at the age of 5, under the guidance of his father, Lam Cho. He trained seven days a week, 6 hours a day (2 hours in the morning, 2 hours in the afternoon, and 2 hours in the evening). The first set he learned was the Tiger and Crane set (Fu Hok Seung Ying Kyun), which is still one of his favorite sets. Other favorite sets include the Taming the Tiger in an I-Pattern set (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun), the Iron Thread set (Titsin Kyun), Double Dragon Broadswords (Seung Lung Dou), and some two man sets. When Lam Chun Fai was 16 he started to help his father with teaching. He became the chief instructor in the four schools – two on Hong Kong Island and two on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong (one of those being the famed Lam Sai Wing Physical Training School).

Later, at the age of 18, grand master Lam Chun Fai opened up his own kungfu school and bone-setting clinic in Hong Kong.
In 1985 grand master Lam Chun Fai was invited by China to represent Hong Kong as a consultant for the International Wushu Invitational Tournament, which was held in Xi’an.

One year later, in 1986, he was invited again for the 2nd International Wushu Invitational Tournament in Tianjin, but this time to join the traditional gungfu competition. At this tournament he performed Fu Hok Seung Ying Kyun and Seung Lung Dou, which won him an award for the most distinctive performance and a gold medal. Furthermore, in 2004 grand master Lam Chun Fai, already being at respectable age,  joined the First World Traditional Wushu Festival in Zhengzhou. In both categories he joined he won a gold medal.
Through the years grand master Lam Chun Fai has frequently been invited to give demonstrations, lead seminars, and give private lessons all over the world. Nowadays, he mostly only teaches private lessons and promotes kungfu in Hong Kong magazines and television.

Schedule

Utrecht: from age 15. Location Kromme Nieuwegracht, Utrecht.

Wednesday:    18:45 – 20:00 pm. All levels.
20:00 – 20:15 pm. Free training.

Fridays:           18:45 – 20:00 pm. All levels.

In the summer months July and August we train outside, times and days depending on the interest.

Tuition fees:

90,00 euro per three months (incl. VAT) for the normal weekday classes (on wednesday and friday evening). Amount is regardless of amount of followed classes per week. Each payment period to be paid in advance, by bank transfer or cash.

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Other additional trainings and seminars are nog included in this amount. The outside training in the months July and August are billed separatedly per actually participated class.

Location:

      

Gym of the primary school by the Pieterskerkhof in Utrecht .
(However, the entrance is located at the backside, reachable by the schoolyard, street name “Kromme Nieuwe” between number 37 and 39).
Bicycles can be parked at the school yard itself.
Note: It is not possible to just drop by in order to spectate. For those interested, we have trial lessons (see under Trial lesson).

Lesson structure

The kungfu training consists of diverse, coherent exercises. For instance, fist sets (fixed patterns of kungfu movements) are practised, and those techniques are trained with partner as applications (for self-defence reasons).
However, due to the richness of kungfu not all exercises are practised every lesson. A training normally starts with a class warm-up. After that, mostly basic exercises or hardening are done, and then applications and/or sets. The sets are often practised in small groups or individually, so everybody can work at his own level. 
Other training components are physical training (functional bodyweight training), mobility/flexibility training, sparring exercises, punching pad drills, breathing and relaxation exercises and more ….

Trial lesson

After reading the website, the best way to find out wether you like Hung Ga kungfu is a trial lesson. Just send us a mail on with training day (see schedule) you would like to come and which dates you can or cannot make it. Then we will contact you within a few days.

Trial lesson possible again from beginning of september 2021.

Participation only after registration per e-mail. Just watching is not allowed. The trial is during a normal class on wednesday, from 18.45 – 20.00 pm (see the training schedule).
To register please e-mail us with the word ‘trial lesson’ in the subject line and confirm you have taken notice of the requirements below. Normally, you will get an conformation within a few days.

E-mail for registration:

Please take notice of following:
– The trial lesson is a normal class with several training elements so you get a decent overview of what we train.
– It’s only possible to activily join during the trial lesson, just watching is not allowed. After all, one can only judge what one experiences.
– If exercises are conditionally too heavy, just try them but with slower pace and with fewer repeats. During the first few months you may gradually build up your condition. .
– Please wear long, loose pants, a plain T-shirt and optional indoor sport shoes (else barefoot is okay too, no outside used shoes).
–  The gym will be open about 10 minutes before class starts, to change into training clothes
– During the months june, july and august it’s not possible to join a trial lesson.

Contact

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