NIM FUT SAN YEN – THE STORYTELLER
With today’s range of telecommunications like the phone, fax machine, TV, computer etc., the present generation must be educated that in the past, China and the Asian world depended a lot on storyteller and pictorial “comic books” to communicate happenings to the masses. Their comic or pictorial were not like the familiar “super heroes” comics found in the west today. Storytellers and comic books were an important communication structure and tool in their society then. One must understand that pictorial books (or even comics) as with most storybooks are not the basis of authority on historical events but they very often reflect the general truth. Over the years many in China have printed pictorial and even comic versions on the life of the Chinese sage Confucius. Some of these stories were in abridged version but there is no deviation from historical facts. For Doc Fei Wong to think that the Hung Sing school had culled their history from such books is totally absurd.
“Nim (remember) Futsan Yun (person)” was the pen name of a “storybook teller” who wrote a story on the “Futsan Hung Sing Gwoon” based on his own interpretation of events and “historical facts” which he put together to write a “storybook” version on Cheung Yim’s legacy that would appeal to the general public. Though these storybook versions are not the basis of authority on historical events they often reflect the general truth. Many historical events like the Boxer Rebellion and the Chinese Revolution have appeared in pictorial and even comic versions but these stories reflect no major deviation from historical facts. It is not true that the Hung Sing school had culled their history from such books but the stories carried in such books itself may not be wrong either.
STORYTELLERS ARE NOT HISTORIANS!
In Doc Fei Wong’s story, he “claimed” that Chan Ngau Sing (Cheung Hung Sing’s protégé student) knew Nim Fut San Yun. Now, if that was true, do you really think that Chan Ngau Sing would have allowed this “storybook” writer with the pen-name “Nim Fut Sam Yen” (translates – “Remember Futsan Person”) to propagate falsehood by writing an inaccurate story giving undue credit to Cheung Yim (Cheung Hung Sing) instead of Chan Heung!? Don’t you think that Chan Ngau Sing would have felt indignant and stopped this “Nim Fut Sam Yen” character, a storyteller and not an accurate historian to pen a story based on his personal interpretation of historical events!? Maybe people like Doc Fei Wong would like us to believe that Chan Ngau Sing didn’t object to the publishing of this storybook because he was promised a “handsome commission” from the sales of the book!!
TRUTH IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
It is interesting to note that many of the great events and figures in history have been shrouded in antiquity and therefore it has led people to come to their own conclusion as to what they should believe and accept as the “best case scenario” that’s closest to the truth. Yet some arrogant individuals are so incoherent in their accusations and allegations to discredit CLF brothers that they have lost all sense of logic, and whilst they were blinded by their obsession to run down others, they deservedly allowed their own story on the founding of CLF to be scrutinized and their claims and allegations to be challenged.
Both the Hung Sing and the Chan family branches have their OWN story on the founding of Choy Lay Fut but past elders have always accorded one another with the mutual respect of fellow CLF brothers despite the difference in their martial arts lineage/heritage. Unfortunately, the latter generation of the Chan clan does not know how to treasure good relationship and have used the internet’s Kung Fu Forum to further fragment the already fragile relationship between the CLF clans (Hung Sing, Buck Sing and Chan Family) – all because of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE!
HUNG SING & BUCK SING