STARTING HIS TRAINING IN MARTIAL ARTS IN HIS YOUTH, SIFU SUNNY SO WENT ON, STUDYING AND MASTERING DIFFERENT ARTS, SUCH AS OKINAWAN KARATE, ANCIENT WHITE CRANE, AND CHI SIM WING CHUN (OR AS MANY PREFER TO CALL IT, WENG CHUN), BECOMING THE LAST STUDENT OF THE LATE GRANDMASTER TANG YICK.
Many people nowadays talk about the connection between those styles. Do you agree with such a connection?
I clearly see an interconnection between those styles. With modern Karate and Wing Chun, there isn’t any evident connection, but when linking both to Fujian White Crane, they have many similarities. In particular, the Weng Chun style, compared to Wing Chun, shares a lot of techniques and theory with it. The most similarities are found in the form Sap Yi Sao, our mother form. I believe the connection with Karate was much stronger earlier, but nowadays, has become a sport—it’s almost lost.