Two decades ago, I was looking through my Grandmother's photo album where I
found an ancient photograph of a young man in martial arts stance. To my great
interest, I discovered that this was my Grandmother's brother
Leung Wing-hang.

Leung Wing-hang
was a well known traditional dit da doctor and kung fu teacher
in Hong Kong from ~1930-1974. He had studied Hung Kuen style under
Lam Sai-
wing
, and wrote a book on a style he created himself called the "Snake Cat
Crane Combined Fist
" (蛇猫鶴混形拳).

Although the style never gained mainstream popularity, its originality sparked a
series of republications over the decades, as well as a 1980 Hong Kong martial
arts movie with the English title "Lackey and the Lady Tiger".
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Leung Wing-hang
In 1980 a movie was released with
the Chinese title "
Snake Cat Crane
Combined Fist
", with English title
"
Lackey and the Lady Tiger" starring
Mars Feng Sing, Hwang Jang Lee
and
Sek Kin. The movie plot was very
similar to the 1978
Jackie Chan
movie "
Snake in the Eagle's
Shadow
" (incidentally also starring
Hwang Jang Lee) both of which ends
with the secretive and surprisingly
superior Cat style kung fu, which
appears to be completely unrelated
to
Leung Wing-hang's Snake Cat
Crane Fist style. It is obvious that the
name was borrowed from Leung's
book, but this was not endorsed by
Leung himself as he had passed
away a few years before the film's
production.
1980 Film "Snake Cat Crane
Combined Fist" AKA "Lackey and the
Lady Tiger"
1978 Film "Snake in the Eagle's
Shadow"
Leung Wing-hang c.1931
Hong Kong Films

Leung Wing-hang was involved in the
Hong Kong film industry and was the
martial arts director on several movies of
the 1940's and 1950's including the first
five
Wong Fei-hung movies starring
Kwan Tak-hing. Below is a list of the
films that
Leung Wing-hang worked on
including a few that he actually acted in.
















Leung Wing-hang Filmography

1947 Hot tempered Leung’s
adventure in Hong Kong
牛精良大鬧香港
1949 The story of Wong Fei-hung,
part one 黃飛鴻正傳
1949 The story of Wong Fei-hung,
part two 黃飛鴻傳下集
1950 The story of Wong Fei-hung,
part three: the battle by Lau Fa
Bridge 黃飛鴻傳第三集 : 血戰流花橋
1950 The story of Wong Fei-hung,
part four: the death of Leung Foon
黃飛鴻傳四集: 梁寬歸天
1950 How ten heroes of Guangdong
slew the dragon 廣東十虎屠龍記
1951 The story of Wong Fei-hung,
grand conclusion 黃飛鴻傳大結局
1951 The three sieges of Chuk Village,
part one 三打祝家莊(上集)
1951 The three sieges of Chuk Village,
part two 三打祝家莊(下集).
1951 The five heroes' deadly spears
五虎斷魂槍
1951 The brave archer 百戰神弓
1952 Soul of the tiger 虎膽英魂
1952 Battle in Lotus Valley 血染芙蓉谷
1953 Crossing Yuanyang River by night
夜渡鴛鴦江
1954 The Rescue of Cloud-Piercing
Swallow 鐵橋三義救穿雲燕


If you have copies of any of the above
films, or a copy of the original Snake Cat
Crane book, please send me an email
at: eric@kungfubrothers.com
Leung Wing-hang (on left)
in The Story of Wong Fei-hung, Part 2.
May 2010 Eric (centre) grand nephew of Leung Wing-hang,
holding the University of Hawaii's original copy of the
Snake
Cat Crane Combined Fist
book. The library's curatorial staff on
both sides.  
梁永亨
Snake Cat Crane Combined Fist Books
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
1.
Leung Wing-hang's original book on the Snake Cat Crane Combined Fist style was
published by Cheung Kee book company (祥記書局), in Chinese, in the 1950's. The
book contains studio portraits of Leung demonstrating the 58 techniques of this fist
form, and includes foot patterns to fully illustrate how it is performed. The Chinese
rhyme for remembering the progression of techniques composed by Leung was also
included. Letters and calligraphy of congratulations and praise were provided by
several notable masters and community leaders of the era.
2.
The orange covered version of the Snake Cat Crane Combined Fist book was
published by Chan Sheung Kee book company (陳湘記書局), in Chinese in the 1970's
after the death of Leung. In the late 1960's, the Cheung Kee book company went out
of business, and sold the copyrights to many of their kung fu books to Chan Sheung
Kee. Chan Sheung Kee, however, did not have the original portrait photos of Leung,
and so reproduced the images from a copy of the original book. The quality of the
images in the orange covered version are therefore quite poor, and some are
completely indiscernible. A mistake was made by the publisher: the photos for step 1
and step 2 were mistakenly switched.
3.
The blue covered version was published in English in 1983 by Douglas Hsieh, who
was notorious for re-publishing martial arts books about styles that he was
not an
authority figure on.
Hsieh unknowingly carried over the mistake in the orange covered
version into his blue covered version. Also in Hsieh's explanation of the origin of the
style, he mentions a "Mr. Liang" as having learned this style from a monk named
Yi
Cheng
. The "Mr. Liang" may be a reference to Leung Wing-hang, however Leung did
not learn this style from a monk. The monk
Yi Cheng was referenced in one of the
letters of praise that was included in the original book, but had no relevance to the
origin of this style. The person who posed for the portrait photos in this version
(presumably Hsieh himself) obviously was trying to emulate the original book photos,
however it is quite apparent, judging from his stance, that his martial arts skill is
elementary at best.
4.
The yellow covered version was published in 1980, in Chinese, in Taiwan by
someone under the mysterious name "
Chu Wan San" or "Cloudy Mountain Chu". Only
half of this 139 page book is dedicated to the Snake Cat Crane form, while the other
half to general health and well being. The diagrams of the form techniques are
exceedingly poor hand drawings, that follow the postures of
Leung Wing-hang's
original book exactly, but are depicted so poorly that the true essence is completely
lost (but at least it did not carry forward the mistake from the orange covered
version!). There is no credit given at all to
Leung Wing-hang.
5.
The latest version was edited by Eric Shou-Li Yao, Leung Wing-hang's
grand nephew, published in 2012 in Hong Kong by Chan Sheung Kee book
company in both English and Chinese. The contents of the original book
have been maintained, including the letters of congratulations, the foot
patterns and the rhyme for remembering. Two new forewords by Eric Yao,
and Tam Siu-ming (Leung Wing-hang's top disciple) have been added,
which includes biographical information on Sifu Leung, as well as
background into the development of the Snake Cat Crane style. The original
photos have been reproduced at a quality exceeding that of the original
book, but unfortunately 8 of the 58 photographic portraits have been lost,
so images taken from the earlier printings had to be used.

This re-publication is the result of over 10 years of research, with the
contribution of numerous martial arts masters and enthusiasts from around
the world. Special thanks go to D.Shayne of Plum Publications, C.Goodin of
the Hikari Institute, The University of Hawaii, and F.Bolte of Hung Kuen
Academy in Germany.
1980 Movie: Lackey and the Lady Tiger
Bruce Lee's
Notebook

In the 1960s Bruce Lee created a
notebook of various kung fu styles. This
notebook featured clippings from Leung
Wing-hang's Snake Cat Crane book,
including Bruce's handwritten notes on
the techniques. A few of these pages
were reproduced in the book
Bruce Lee:
The Tao of Gung Fu
.
Leung Wing-hang's techniques
included in Bruce Lee's notebook,
including Bruce's handwritten notes.
Snake Cat Crane Combined Fist Book (2012)
by Leung Wing-hang
Edited by Eric Shou-Li Yao
The Snake Cat Crane Combined Fist, also known as the "Three Shapes Fist"
or "Sam Ying Kuen", was created in the 1920's by the late Southern Hung-kuen
Master Leung Wing-hang. After falling into obscurity, Master Leung's original
publication on this kung fu style has now been resurrected six decades after its
first printing. Rare original photographs and high quality illustrations, with both
English and Chinese descriptions of the fist form's 47 actions have been
carefully produced to preserve the essence of Master Leung's style.
14 x 21cm
5.5 x 8.25 in
210 pages
ISBN 978-962-932-138-3
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