In case you’re a martial arts fan, then you definitely’ve most likely heard of the identify Ip Man spoken with a specific amount of reverence. The Wing Chun grasp is famously recognized for educating movie star / combating legend Bruce Lee who impressed tons of fighters to change into skilled pugilists and helped form the historical past of martial arts endlessly.
Ip Man’s son, Ip Ching, was additionally a Wing Chun grasp, and followers of the martial artist need to know: is he nonetheless alive?
Is Ip Man’s son nonetheless alive? One is, the opposite is not.
The second son of the Wing Chun grandmaster, Ip Ching, handed away in January of 2020 and though he wasn’t as well-known as his father, he nonetheless lived a slightly extraordinary life. His older brother, Ip Chun, is 95 years outdated and really a lot alive.
Ching was taught the hand-dominant martial artwork from his father, and whereas Bruce Lee sought out their father’s instruction due to his love for martial arts, it was believed that each Ip Ching and his older brother, Ip Chun, grew to become masters in Wing Chun to honor their father’s legacy.
Each Ip Ching and Ip Chun taught the martial artwork up till their father’s loss of life in 1972. Following the grandmaster’s passing, nonetheless, the brothers did not instantly delve into providing classes to extra potential college students. In truth, they pursued different pursuits completely. Ip Ching invested his property right into a profitable enterprise. There was an enormous growth of industries in 1960’s China, and Ip Ching capitalized on this progress.
Ip Ching opened a producing manufacturing unit within the New Territories, and the one approach to safe classes from the grandmaster was via choose non-public classes he continued to supply. It will take many years earlier than he would return to instructing Wing Chun to people.
Opposite to common perception, Ip Ching truly by no means met Bruce Lee, both. So college students who hoped the grandmaster would regale them with tales of the icon had been let down.
This was all the results of timing, not as a result of Ip Ching and Ip Chun had been saved “separate” from Bruce Lee for any cause. Whereas Bruce was present process coaching from their father, they had been situated in Foshan, Guangdong province. As soon as they moved again to Hong Kong in 1962 to flee the cultural revolution, Lee was lengthy gone and again within the USA.
Within the 1990s, Ip Ching had formally retired from working his profitable enterprise, and that is when he returned to the world of martial arts instruction. He provided classes in Wing Chun on the Ving Tsun Athletic Affiliation in Mong Kok and hosted quite a few seminars everywhere in the world.
In 2008, Donnie Yen’s Ip Man movie, a extremely stylized combating biopic about Ip Ching’s father crammed with martial arts motion, grew to become a worldwide phenomenon.
Ip Ching and Ip Chun weren’t instantly consulted for work on the movie or its sequel, nonetheless, they had been introduced in for the third Ip Man film and helped star Donnie Yen along with his strikes.
Donnie had stated that the third Ip Man movie could be the final within the collection, nonetheless, plainly he supposed to make Ip Ching an enormous character within the collection, doubtlessly organising new movies that chronicled one other stylized story of the grandmaster’s son’s life.
In Ip Man 4: The Finale, Taiwanese actor Jim Liu portrays Ip Ching, who’s expelled from college after tussling with a bully. After this happens, Ip Man then decides to go to San Francisco, with Ip Ching in tow. He did not choose San Fran at random, both — that is the place Bruce Lee was born.
Ip Man 4 was launched on Christmas, 2019, so we’ll see if it truly is the “finale” of the Ip Man movie saga, or if there are new films to be made about Ip Ching.