The history of the traditional Yip Man style Wing Chun in Hungary
This story was written because the initial times are not well known by many. We hope we can give adequate information to those who practice the Wing Chun system.
In 1988 sifu Zoltán Tóth starts to practice Wing Chun, namely with the system of master Cheng Kwong. (It was called Chen Kwong Ving Chun then, nowadays known as Chi Shim Weng Chun) At that time János Végh was the Hungarian representative of this Ving Chun style, and the German masters sifu Lotar Hirneis and sifu Klaus Pertl visited the country regularly (2-3 times per year), holding seminars and training camps for the enthusiastic students. In 1991 János Végh broke every contact with the two masters because of unknown reasons, and continued his studies under the also German sifu Walter Block and studied the WB Ving Chunt. János Végh stopped his Ving Chun Studies and his three instructors taken his place and learned and taught the system of sifu Walter Block till 1999, for 8 years. Alas because of the old age of the master, studiing form him become first hard and then nearly impossible, and then as a leader of the school named Hsiung Hsiung Tao, Zoltán Tóth contacted sifu Wilhem Blech the leader of the European Lok Yiu Wing Chun kung-fu association who is the only not Chinese student of Lok Yiu grand master. After two and half years Wilhem Blech retired from public teaching and left the supervising of his school to one of his Persian student, Arash Ahadi who changed the structure of the schools and the training so, that six of the seven Hungarian instructors made the decision not continuing the studies under him, leaving the Lok Yiu association. Zoltán Tóth was one of the six so he contacted the famous grand master Lo Man Kam (the nephew of the late Yip Man) who lives in Taiwan, and asked him to study Wing Chun from him. The grand master said yes and when Zoltán visited him with his best students for three months, they lived in the house of the grand master, and had the opportunity to learn from him day by day. Of course this three months was but a good start and he visits si-gung Lo Man Kam at Taiwan regularly and the grand master visits Hungary too holding seminars and teaching. The center of the school is in Szeged, but he has clubs at Szekszárd, at Budapest, at Pécs, at Győr, at Rúzsa, at Kassa (Slovak), at Nagyvárad (Romania), at Ludhiana (India).
The Wing Chun kung-fu appeared in Hungary at the 1980s. At the 1st of September 1982 László Koronczy started his school at Szolnok by the name of Mass Sport of Living space Association’s kung-fu section. Gyula Cserpák at Debrecen in 1985, János Végh at Budapest 1986 and Norbert Mádai at Kecskemét in 1987 started their own school. (Gyula Cserpák in 1988, János Végh in 1990 closed their clubs) The Hungarian Kung Fu Association founded in 1987. One of it founders was László Koronczy, who by this time had two schools at Szolnok and clubs at Mezőtúr and Túrkeve. In September 1988 Koronczy retired from teaching and trusted Zoltán Juhász to oversee his school, who taken his place at the school the club and in the Association to. November of the same year: Truntic Slavko and Prosenica Milan master came to Budapest invited by si-gung Richárd Tix and started to held seminars in the Seven Star Praying Mantis School’s gym at the Őrnagy Street. At the seminar Norbert Mádai – who was 16 at that time- and his four students were participating and the members of the Mantis school as spectators. At the end of the seminar master Truntic gave the 12. Student degree to Norbert Mádai and entrusted him with the representation of Leung Ting Wing Tsun style in Hungary. In January 1989 Zoltán Juhász – by the proposal of the László Koronczy – and his 140 students joined schools with Norbert Mádai. The cooperation – not without problems – lasted little more than a year and in March 1990 it ended. In May of the same year the Hungarian Wing Chun Martial Arts Association was founded with Zoltán Juhász as president. In the same month Juhasz contacted with the principal of the European section of the World Wing Chun Kung Fu Association (A traditional Wing Chun organization led by William Cheung) Branimir Segvic, who invited him to a seven days long instructor seminar led by William Cheung grand master. After the seminar Zoltán Juhász become a member of the WWCKFA and entrusted the representation of the Association in Hungary. In 1992 he became the Hungarian president of the Association. William Cheung grand master commissioned Sikung Branimir Segvic to oversee the professional advancement of the Hungarian students of the TWCKF. From September 1990 till 1997 Segvic master visited out country more than 20 times. In 1994 by the help of Segvic the Traditional Wing Chun School had 16 clubs and more than 800 students in Hungary. In 1996 Buffalo New York Zoltán Juhász passes his master exam before William Cheung grand master. (In 2006 he reaches the 5th master degree of the six) At 2004 the teaching of the TWCKF was ongoing in even more clubs and in November the Hungarian Wing Chun Association was founded.
István Budai got known László Lippai who was a Wing Chun instructor. When talking it has been suggested to István try out some kung-fu lessons. The test vas so successful, that he started his kung-fu studies in September 1988 at Törökszentmiklós. In 1989 when he took his first student degree exam he got known sifu Slavko Trunric – who then had the 5th master degree in Yugoslavia – and the Hungarian representative of the style Si-hing Norbert Mádai. He got his first six strudent degree in the Leung Ting Wing Chun, and while studying he had the chance to meet with grand master si-gung Leung Ting. Alas in April 1993 he broke of his relations of this system because the style of the Hungarian leadership and the lack of humanisms hadn’t met his expectations. In April same year, he contacted the Yugoslavian branch to continue his studies. He visited sifu Zeiko Popovics at Szabadka, who was a student of sifu Slavko Truntic. At the end of 1994 he got his 12. student degree and in 1996 he finised his study from the master because of personal reasons. In 1994 he got known Richárd Tix the leading master of the Hungarian Praying Mantis Style. In 1997 he becomes a member of the Hungarian Kung Fu Association, where Richárd Tix was Secretary General. With his recommendation he got at Derek Freaeson a master in England who represented three styles he is a master of the Fatshani Wing Chun, the Seven Star Mantis and the Yang Taijiquan styles in 1997. Master Frearson took him as a student with pleasure. He was given the opportunity to show what he learned and the master corrected him or he instructed him to re learn moves by his style. After that he continued his studies by Fatshani style’s approach; in 1998 he was given the official assignment by sifu Derek Frearson to represent the Fatshani Wing Chun Style in Hungary as a master of the style. He traveled to China in the company of master Frearson and had the opportunity to learn form his master Si-gung Lun Kai. Master Lun Kai refined and coordinated István’s knowledge of the Wing Chun to preserve the system as traditional and as precise as possible. Alas because of the medical condition of Si-gung he can’t hold the practices anymore, but thanks to the grand master he got known many Wing Chun masters and many of Si-gung’s students, to have training partners of the same level and used their help to perfect and polish his techniques at his later visits to China. István learned this system and now working to refine his techniques further and to pass down the style to his students keeping the tradition. As of now Fatshani Wing Chun clubs are at Budapest and Biatorbágy.
Other Wing Chun Representatives founded after 2000
1., Norbert Czakó Norbert – style represented by master Wong Sung Leung
2., Dr Jenő Lakatos – style represented by master Duncan Leung
3., Lajos Fóris – style represented by master Milan Prozsenyica
4., Balázs Balogh – style represented by master Emin Bonztep
5., Balázs Kecskeméti – Lok Yiu Wing Chun, style represented by master Wilhem Blech
And other Wing Chun practitioners.
The information provided for this article by:
Sifu Zoltán Juhász style leading master
Sifu István Budai style leading master
Sifu Zoltán Tóth style leading master