Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 455

I was due to leave on the 7th of Sept, but on the 6th I was able to go and see Sīfú 師父, Ip Chun 葉準.

Taai Sīgōng Ip Chun’s 葉準太師公 100th Birthday

Part 14

Today, Sīfú lives in a nursing home, which is a quite far out of the city centre. Although, having said that, it only takes 30 to 40 minutes on the Hong Kong MTR to get to the station closest, so compared to things here in the west it is still quite convenient, but this time Kwok Tak Yin drove me to the nursing home. Then we had a breakfast near by, then we met up with his son Ip Kwong Chiu 葉廣超.

When three of us got to outside of the nursing home, Chiu had to go inside to sign him out, there were very strict rules. We could not go inside to see him and only few people were allowed to take him out, of course most of time was Chiu. After a while Sifu was in a wheelchair being pushed him. This is a very common thing in nursing homes, although Sīfú could walk, the staff in the home wanted to make sure his was safe, so whenever he went out, he needed to be accompanied by someone and also had to go out in a wheelchair. Sīfú is 100 years old and so it is only sensible.

We went to the garden and made sure Sīfú was comfortable and out of the wind, as it was still a little windy after the typhoon. Sīfú looked at me after a short while, he recognised me. It is normal for very elderly people, to recall things from the past, rather than more recent things, so we talked about when I studied at his home and about the other the Wing Chun brothers in my time. He told me what they had done and what they were doing now. We mentioned Terrace Yip 葉培. He was my senior and he moved to New York before me went to UK.

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