Hung Kuen is one of the oldest martial art styles in Southern China and commonly considered the most influential style within Guangdong province. During the Republic era (1911-1949) there was a saying that put Hung Kuen at the head of the five most important styles in Guangdong – “Hung, Lau, Choy, Lei, Mok”. Like most popular styles in the South the history of Hung Kuen is obscure, but is commonly thought to be around 300 years old.
Today, the Hung Kuen system is mainly represented by the “Fu Hok style” (Tiger and Crane Style) created by Wong Fei Hung in the second half of the 19th century. His student Lam Sai Wing and the Lam family lineage are largely responsible for popularising Hung Kuen during the 20th century.