Swedish Hung Kuen Association/Bak Au Hung Gar Kuen
Swedish Hung Kuen Association has its roots in Foshan Hung Kuen, Lam Ga Hung Kuen and Ha Say Fu Hung Kuen, if you look overall on our “curriculum” i.e., what we teach and claim as our historical traditional heritage. Our goal has always been, since we founded 1999, to preserve and pass on genuine and traditional Hung Gar Kung Fu. My Master, Sifu has always stressed the importance of family (Gar) and ensured that we all felt a strong connection throughout the whole family tree, right down to the roots.
Thourgh my own research and 38 years of training I have learned, through many steps and insights, that traditional martial arts have lost a third of its content. Namely the skill in combat. The knowledge and skill of truly realistic self-defense. There is nothing to say that Wushu could not be interpreted as two words instead of one double word, Wu (Battle) AND Shu (ART) instead of Wushu (combat art). In other words, it is our firm belief that in the beginning we trained BATTLE and ART.
In Bak Au Hung Kuen (Scandinavian Hung Kuen) We train Combat, Art and Sports. Art is the traditional heritage, with its rituals, traditions, strategies, lion dance, forms (sets) etc. What distinguishes styles from other styles, that which nourishes and produces curiosity. Motivation and inspiration to strive further, train harder and look deeper. What keeps us on the narrow and difficult path which you follow when you practice traditional martial arts.
Sport is the common arena where we can meet and test our skills in a safe environment, against other styles as well as against other athletes. One Way to test yourself mirrored against others, a way to get a insight on what you should practice on further to become more adept. Many misinterpret contests as an activity to elevate themselves in comparison to others. In my experience, a competing athlete is only elevated by constantly competing against themselves by testing their skills against others.
Techniques and skills for Combat are comparatively basal and simple as they must still work with gross motor skills as our body loses its fine motor skills during battle due to the adrenaline pumping in our body. Aggression and stress must partly be included as an aspect in simulating real combat through realistic exercises, drills with figures that act as closely to reality as possible while minimizing the risk of injury as far as possible. Historically, it would be illogical to train rebels/guerrillas in Kung Fu if it would take about 10-20 years to reach the skill level required of them in battle. This part of our training builds a foundation, a form of basic security for our students.
A realistic view, knowledge and skill of self-defense. Not any worse than the modern military combat systems available today. In other words, we train ourselves in three different areas at the Swedish Hung Kuen Association, that is how we describe our unique style, Bak Au Hung Gar Kung Fu. ALL three areas have their place and are All important for the student’s overall development. This is our heritage and style that we teach and offer those who desire to learn an old traditional Kung fu style with all its traditions, history and secrets. It also give you the opportunity to compete both nationally and internationally, and to simultaneously learn and develop skills in realistically-anchored combat.
For people who do not wish to practice traditional Kung fu, we offer an opportunity to practice pure civil self defense, with EC Defence (see link in the menu). We also offer traditional Yang Jia Tai Chi Chuan, the Yang family’s style of Tai Chi Chuan (see link in the menu).
Roger Engmalm Sifu,
Chairmen of the federation and founder,
Swedish Hung Kuen Association