Yip Man

Public cited facts about Yip Man (1893 – 1972):

  • Started learning Wing Chun from Chan Wah-shun when he was 13
  • First martial arts master to openly teach the art of Wing Chun Kung Fu to the general public
  • Introduced Wing Chun to Hong Kong in 1949
  • Some of his students became martial arts teachers – including Bruce Lee

“The way I understand it, Yip Man was never named the successor of the style and made the “Official Grandmaster” of Wing Chun. It is due to the fact that he taught publicly, and his seemingly innate ability to teach in a way that anyone could understand. That is why he is considered the Grandmaster of the style by the entire world.”

– SiFu Josh Shaw