Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun – the book by Lam Sai Wing

cover_gungjiIn 1936 the first book of Lam Sai Wing was published. Actually, it was written by his student Chu Yu Jai and some others, who had gone back to Gwongdung/Ping Jau Area with Lam Sai Wing.
Chu Yu Jai was a writer and he had asked Lam Sai Wing to record stories and pictures of the kungfu world. During the years, several pictures of Lam Sai Wing were published in newspapers.

At the time the Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun was photographed completely, Lam Sai Wing was already quite old and had some health problems. He suffered from an inguinal hernia at that time. Therefore, the stances and postures in the Gung Ji book are a bit high compared to the Fu Hok Seung Ying Kyun book (e.g. see the picture on the left, where Lam Sai Wing’s front leg is clearly affected).

As the stances and postures in the Fu Hok Seung Ying Kyun book are better, it’s sometimes thought that this book (a picture version?) was already published in 1927. However, no original books from this period survived. Therefore, it’s more likely the Fu Hok Seung Ying Kyun was made much later – after Lam Sai Wing had passed away, with the drawings based on the Gung Ji book. This would also explain why there are some mistakes in the drawings of Fu Hok Seung Ying Kyun.

After Lam Sai Wing had passed away, a book on Tit Sin Kyun was published too, with drawings of Lam Sai Wing. And the Gung Ji book was republished as a version with drawings. This made the set of 3 books of the 3 major forms complete. The Tit Sin Kyun was also drawn later for a book. But, when Lam Sai Wing was still alive, he performed the Tit Sin Kyun for a newspaper – Gwok Wa Morning Post – and it was even published in there. During World War II, however, those pictures were lost. Therefore, the later book on Tit Sin Kyun was fully redone.

Only the photo edition of Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun survived. However, few people still have it and are reluctant to share. Only recently, some people were willing to share and a scanned version has been republished as full color print, in order to preserve the legacy of Lam Sai Wing.

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Republished photo edition: http://www.lulu.com/shop/lam-sai-wing/gung-ji-fuk-fu-kyun-photo-edition/paperback/product-21053503.html