A Wing Chun representative enters the record books and makes the master proud

THE contribution of local martial arts master Aaron Boey to the popularization of Wing Chun has been recognized by the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR).

The 44-year-old Wing Chun master was recognized for ‘Most Wing Chun performances by an individual’ – with 112 nationwide, including the special performance for the launch of the film Ip Man 3 with the Hong Kong actor Donnie Yen.

Boey received his certificate from Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow and MBOR Representative Edwin Yeoh during a presentation at the Phoenix Asia Rebirth Campus in Chulia Street Ghaut, Penang.

Wing Chun is a southern Chinese style of kung fu and Boey said Penang has many events where practitioners are invited to perform.

“There are events that are organized and supported by the state government, like Occupy Beach Street and Armenian Street’s Got Talent,” Boey said.

“They give us the opportunity to play Wing Chun so people know what it is about and from there we get more invitations,” he added.

Boey has been practicing the martial art since 2008 and has his own training center in Datuk Keramat.

It has a multiracial group of around 50 students aged 6 to 58, including foreigners.

He enjoys doing Wing Chun because he thinks it is important to preserve traditional martial arts.

“Wing Chun, silat and any other martial art should be protected,” he said, encouraging teenagers of all races to practice Wing Chun.

Also in attendance were Chris Lee, Assembly Member of Pulau Tikus, Penang Wushu, Lion, Dragon, President of Datuk H’ng Ban Choon Dance Association as well as Founder and President of Phoenix Asia Academy of Technology, Kenneth Phoenix Quah.

In his speech, Chow congratulated Boey for entering MBOR and said his achievement was something the people of Penang should be proud of.

“I’m sure that as a direct disciple of Grandmaster Ip Man’s son, Sifu Ip Ching, you have made your sifu proud,” he said.

Encouraging anyone interested in martial arts to learn Wing Chun, Chow said it’s a good way to channel energy in a positive way.

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