When Liu Chia Liang passed away, I read somewhere that Adam Cheng was Liu Chia Liang's elder pupil, so, I'm very surprised by what you tell me, but as I'm not as specialized as many members of this forum, perhaps I'm mistaken...
I am aware Adam Cheng was Liu Chia Liang's pupil. I remember watching a clip on TV a very long time ago where Adam Cheng mentioned this. Adam Cheng also said that he learned from Liu Chia Liang how to wield/unfold the Chinese folding fan used in the TV series "Chor Lau Hiong."
By this time, Adam Cheng was no longer a spring chicken. He must have been in his 30's by this time.
I suppose the question is this - does being a pupil have to mean a learner/practitioner of martial arts? I am not too sure if Adam Cheng would have the time to learn martial arts from Liu Chia Liang from scratch. At 30 years of age, with a career in showbiz, I am not too sure if Adam Cheng was capable of practicing the Hung Family style of martial arts from Liu Chia Liang. Perhaps Liu Chia Liang was more a mentor than martial arts coach. Or perhaps Liu Chia Liang was there more to show Adam Cheng how to make the martial arts movements more plausible or more interesting or maybe even more pleasing to the eye (as opposed to lethal strokes).
Adam Cheng already played in martial arts movies under Liu Chia Liang teaching in the 60's (black and white Cantonese movies) and it's mentioned in all Adam Cheng's biographies/descriptions on the internet that I read that he practises martial arts among other sports... And when Liu Chia Liang passed away, it was mentioned in the article I read in a magazine that it was precisely because Adam Cheng was his older student that it was him who hold the funeral tablet (there even is a picture showing this, but I don't remember in which magazine it is and I didn't save the link).It seems to me that if you're someone's student, then you must learn and practise...
I wonder if Yang Pan Pan, Connie Chan, Fung Bo Bo, Siao Fong Fong, Tso Tat Wah and Cheung Ying Choi can be added to this list, anyone have an idea ?
And what about Mama Hung (Sammo's mother) and Tse Gam Guk ?
It seems to me that I read that Chi Kuan Chun is also a practitioner. What about Lo Lieh, Wang Yu, David Chiang ? From some interviews mentioned in the Celestial movies, it seemed to me that David Chiang was a practitioner too, but I also read on other forums that a lot of people doubt about his martial arts abilities (though it seems to me he was also Liu CHia Liang's student), so, I wonder what is true or not...
yang pan pan is on the list--#13. very doubtful that the other lades (connie chan, fung bo bo, siao fong fong) would know any martial arts beyond the moves they were taught for filming purposes. there's still a stigma regarding practitioners of martial arts to this day--seen as something "proper" people don't learn, unless you're of a certain age and learning tai chi for "health" reasons. women, especially, are not encouraged to learn it.
i'm also curious about whether lo lieh, wang yu, and david chiang are/were practitioners and not just well-trained on the production sets to look convincing.
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