Last week to celebrate the release of ‘The Grandmaster‘, the highly anticipated new film by Wong Kar Wai, VICE teamed up with former Marvel and IDW editor, Andy Schmidt, along with artists Chris Evenhuis, Giacomo Keison Bevilacqua and Chee Yang Ong and released a stunning animated web comic. Following the movie’s plot, the rich media enabled comic is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China’s last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts.
This week VICE upped the awesome and just released 3 amazing animated short videos that describe three key martial arts style: Wing Chun, Hung Gar, and Ba Gua.
‘The Grandmaster‘ hits theaters on 8/23 in NY/LA and expands nation-wide on 8/30.
Read the Comic – HERE
Three Disciplines of The Grandmaster
Wing Chun is concept-based Chinese martial art and form of self-defense utilising both striking and grappling while specialising in real world, close-range combat.
Hung Gar is straightforward, honest style with a rigid philosophy. It teaches the student how to use self-control and to use his kung fu knowledge properly. Hung Gar students are guided to be firm believers in doing what is morally correct. These are the reasons why Hung Gar is one of the most popular southern kung fu styles in the world.
Ba Gua is literally translated as Eight Trigram Palm. The practice of Bagua generates Qi (internal energy) for both health and combat purposes. It uses palm techniques exclusively, and this is reflected in the name, Eight Trigram Palm. This makes Bagua distinct from Xing Yi and Taiji styles, both of which incorporate fist techniques.