Master Choy (born in 1939) began his training with GrandMaster Ip Man in 1951, at 12 years of age. In oral tradition passed on to Kevin Earle, it is believed that Choy was the first private student of Read more
Master Choy (born in 1939) began his training with GrandMaster Ip Man in 1951, at 12 years of age. In oral tradition passed on to Kevin Earle, it is believed that Choy was the first private student of GrandMaster Ip Man in Hong Kong, when Ip Man began to accept students. (Leung Seung was Ip Mans first student in Hong Kong, before Ip Man began accepting students to provide his income. Although others commenced training at the beckoning of Leung Seung, they soon dropped out.)
It appears there were roughly three groups of students; the 'Live-in' students Leung Seung, Lok Yu, and Chu Shong Tin; then the private students, of which Choy was the first; and then others who attended the public classes.
During some private sessions with the GrandMaster, Ip Man would get the (then) 18 year old Chu Shong Tin to instruct the younger Choy Siu Kwong while Ip Man observed. However Ip man was Choy's teacher. Thus one can gain a sense of some teaching methods of Ip Man.
As his training progressed Sifu Choy would occasionally attend the public classes to assist the more junior students, one being Bruce Lee. This is no more or less than happens in any class, where more experienced students might help the beginners. Then in about 1958 or '59 he emigrated to Australia, where he continued his training in private.
In early 1972 he received permission from the GrandMaster to teach publicly, opening the VCK KungFu Centre at 768 George Street Sydney. Prior to that time, from the early sixties, he had taught more or less privately in Dixon Street, Sydney, being one of the first Wing Chun practitioners to teach Wing Chun to foreigners.