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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Is Ip Man Alive? And Other FAQs


The Ip Man movies have reignited interest in Bruce Lee’s martial arts master, the late Grandmaster of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Let’s take a moment to answer some of the most commonly searched “Is Ip Man?” discussion questions according to Google:


  • Is Ip Man still alive? No, he died in 1972 at the age of 79.
  • Is Ip Man a real person? Yes, he was a real person best known as Bruce Lee’s teacher.
  • Is Ip Man in English? The American version of the Ip Man Blu-Ray has English dubbing, but we prefer to watch it with subtitles.
  • Is Ip Man a true story? The movie’s loosely autobiographical.
  • Is Ip Man a good movie? It’s fantastic. Easily one of the best martial arts movies of all time.
  • How is Ip Man pronounced? Yip Man.
  • How does Ip Man punch so fast? Wing Chun’s straight punch is incredibly fast because it uses economy of motion to cut out unnecessary movement.

Did we miss any? Sound off in the comments.

-Sifu Todd Shawn Tei