Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (11): Mok Kwai Lan – The Mistress of Hung Gar.

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Mok Kwai Lan demonstrating the flying plummet, one of Wong Fei Hung's signature skills.  Source.  Real Kung Fu Vol. 1 Num. 7 Mok Kwai Lan demonstrating the flying plummet, one of Wong Fei Hung’s signature skills. Source. Real Kung Fu Vol. 1 Num. 7

Introduction

This post is the third entry in our series examining the lives of female Chinese martial artists.  While it is the case that the vast majority of hand combat practitioners in the 19th and 20th centuries were male, a certain number of women also adopted the art.  We started by looking at the life and historical reputation of Woman Ding Number Seven and her contributions to the creation of White Crane Kung Fu in Fujian province.  Not only did she make some critical technical contributions to the development of the local arts, but her memory served as an important touchstone for discussions of gender and hand combat throughout southern China.

Next we examined the life and contributions of Chen Shichao and her brother Chen Gongzhe

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