Praying Mantis School Master WONG Hon Fan and the Martial Arts Revitalisation Movement

Date: 
11/11/2016 to 28/02/2017

The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library will present the exhibition ‘Praying Mantis School Master WONG Hon Fan and the Martial Arts Revitalisation Movement’ from 11 November 2016 to 28 February 2017. The exhibition will showcase the valuable collections donated by the family of Master Wong Hon Fan, the chief campaigner for the revitalisation movement.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, China was at the mercy of Western powers. National pride and the self-confidence of its people were at rock bottom. Over time, the strengthening of people’s physical calibre by the practice of Chinese martial arts was promoted by concerned groups in the community. At the beginning of 1909, Master HUO Yuanjia, CHEN Gongzhe , LU Weichang and other members founded the Chin Woo Athletic Association (Chin Woo), with the aim of promoting martial arts and the strengthening of both body and spirit.

Master WONG Hon Fan learned martial arts from the famous Praying Mantis School Master LUO Guangyu. He then became a martial arts master himself and served Chin Woo for 40 years. During that period, he was the chief campaigner for the revitalisation movement. At the same time, he was an advocate of the healthy development of Chinese martial arts, making substantial contributions to the movement. He was a key figure in the Praying Mantis school in Hong Kong. Not only that, he also authored and published more than 30 books on Praying Mantis practices and theories, as well as views on Chinese martial arts in general. Hence the extension of the Chinese martial arts lineage was made possible.

At the ‘Praying Mantis School Master WONG Hon Fan and the Martial Arts Revitalisation Movement’ exhibition, one can get a general picture of the martial arts scene at the time, together with an understanding of how Master WONG learned, taught and wrote about martial arts and how he contributed to the martial arts community. In addition, one can understand how martial arts practitioners built an unbroken lineage, passing on the discipline from generation to generation during turbulent times.

Date: 11.11.2016 – 28.2.2017
Venue: Exhibition Area, University Library, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Enquiries: 3943 8740 / spc@lib.cuhk.edu.hk

Workshops on Chinese martial arts are offered during the exhibition. All are welcome.

講座一:黃漢勛宗師與螳螂拳
主持:黃慧英教授(香港嶺南大學哲學系)
講者:黃毅英博士、禤紹燦先生、蔡尚斌先生
螳螂拳示範:禤紹燦先生、黃協昌先生、劉大鈞先生等
日期:2016 年 11 月 19 日(星期六)
時間:下午 3:00 – 5:00
 
講座二:香港武林的今昔
講者:麥勁生教授(香港浸會大學歴史學系)
   趙式慶先生(中華國術總會總裁)
日期:2017 年 1 月 14 日(星期六)
時間:下午 2:30 – 4:00
 
講座三:淺談精武體育會對近代武術形式發展的影響
講者:卓文傑先生(中華國術總會總幹事)
日期:2017 年 1 月 17 日(星期二)
時間:下午 3:30 – 4:30
 
專題講座及武術示範
武•俠與電影
講者:徐小明博士
日期:2017年2月28日(星期二)
時間:下午3:00 - 5:00

講座地點:香港中文大學圖書館進學園

語言:廣東話

報名:www.lib.cuhk.edu.hk/en/node/1645