Master Tsui Sheung Tin Passes Away
It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Master Tsui Sheung Tin on the 29 July 2014 at the age of 81. Master Tsui Sheung Tin is often referred to as the third student of Sijo Ip Man in Hong Kong, Masters Leung Sheung and Lok Yiu being the first two. Without these first three students Sijo may not have stayed to teach Wing Chun in Hong Kong and so the martial arts world would be a very different place today.
Master Tsui Sheung Tin was born in 1933 in Guandong, China and relocated to Hong Kong in 1949. The following year, while working at the Restaurant Workers Association, he met Sijo Ip Man who had been invited to teach there by his first student Leung Sheung. After months of observing Sijo’s teaching and listening to his explanations he became fascinated with the art of Wing Chun and decided to dedicate himself to studying it. It is said that having watched so many classes he already knew the first form Siu Lim Tao without being taught it! Of course this was only the outside shape and in the following years he researched and practised Siu Lim Tao to such an extent he earned the nickname “King of Siu Lim Tao” from his peers.
Not only was he knowledgeable about Wing Chun, but he was also recognised for being a very good writer having written a great number of articles on various aspect of Wing Chun.
His passing is a sad loss for Wing Chun, but we are grateful for the tremendous contribution he made to it. Our thoughts and sympathies go to this family and students.