Chu Shong Tin

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Chu Shong Tin
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Born6th June 1933
DiedJuly 28, 2014
Known forWing Chun Kung Fu Master
StyleWing Chun
TitleSigung (Grandmaster)

Chu Shong Tin (also Tsui Sheung Tin or Toi Shan Tien) (Chinese: 徐尚田; Jyutping: ceoi4 soeng6 tin4; 1933-2014) was the third student of famous Chinese Kung Fu teacher Yip Man, in the discipline of Wing Chun, and remained at Yip Man's school to become his senior instructor.[1]


Chu Shong Tin was born in China and moved to Hong Kong in 1949. He started working as secretary of the Hong Kong and Kowloon Restaurant Workers Union and whilst there he met famous Wing Chun Kung Fu Master Ip Man, who was teaching members of the union. The two became friends and in 1951 Chu became the third student of Master Ip after Leung Sheung and Lok Yiu.[2] [3]Chu Shong Tin trained and eventually taught continuously from 1951 until his passing in 2014. Early on Chu questioned Master Ip about the meaning of the first Wing Chun form name - Siu Nim Tau - and was just told "keep practicing". He persevered just practicing this first form and eventually he "felt something different while practicing. A sort of understanding that was not there before." He told his Master about his experience and after that Ip Man started to call him "Siu Nim Tau Wong (小念頭王)" or "Siu Nim Tau King ".[4] In 1977 the well known martial art magazine (distributed in Australia, the U.K, the U.S.A and France) 'Secret's of Kung Fu', Vol 1 No 10, stated in an article by Hsuan Kung Tze - 'The four most highly-achieved exponents of the Wing Chun School at Present are Sifu Liang Hsiang (Leung Sheung), Sifu Lo Yao (Lok Yiu), Sifu Huang Ch'un-Liang (Wong Shun Leung) and Sifu Hsu Shang-t'ien (Chu Shong Tin). They have all been given an in-depth teaching of true learning by Ip Man and are well-known in martial art circles.'[5] In 1988 Chu Shong Tin was invited to Australia to represent Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) Chinese Kung Fu at the1988 International Ancient Martial Arts and Cultural Exhibition [6] In 1992 the first trip to represent Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) back to mainland China, to the birthplace of Ving Tsun, Foshan, was organized by Master Ip Chun ( Master Ip Man's son) of The Ving Tsun Athletic Association. The trip was led Master's Chu Shong Tin, Wong Shun Leung, Ip Ching, and others.[7] Chu Shong Tin was on the Ving Tsun Athletic Association Board of Directors from 1997 to 1999 and 2002 - 2004 (serving as Chairman of the Board in 1999)[8] In 1999, as Chairman of the VTAA Board, Master Chu, along with Ip Chin and Master Ip Chun) realized a dream that Master Ip had had 38 years before, to organise a conference of Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) practitioners from all over the world.[9][10]


  1. Lok, Yiu (1999). Wing Chun Yip Man Centenary Birth. Hong Kong: Ip Chun - Ving Tsun Athletic Association - Hong Kong.
  2. Life, A. Journey of Ving Tsun. "THE STORY OF CHU SHONG TIN (A história de Chu Shong Tin)" (in português). Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  3. Sina Corp (2020-04-12). "一代宗师叶问的十大弟子都是谁?他今年96岁,在加拿大染新冠去世". ( Sina Corp, Shanghai. Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  4. Jordan, Darrell (2004). The Sound of Ving Tsun. Florida: FVTAA Publishing. ISBN 978-0972882514.
  5. Hsuan, Kung Tze (1977). Leung Mok Sok (ed.). "A scandal of the Yung Ch'un school". Secrets of Kung Fu. Hong Kong: Silex Enterprise and Printing Co. Hong Kong. 1 (10).CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  6. "Trove". Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  7. Lok, Yiu (1999). Wing Chun Yip Man Centenary Birth. Hong Kong: Ip Chun - Ving Tsun Athletic Association. p. 97.
  8. "Board of Directors". Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  9. "The First World Wing Chun Conference 1999 by Ving Tsun Athletic Association - YouTube". Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  10. Luk, Lewis (2005). Ip Man Ving Tsun 50th Anniversary Journal. Hong Kong: Ving Tsun Athletic Association. p. 80.

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