In this video Master Philipp Bayer recalls how he met Wong Shun Leung in Hong Kong:
“In September 1981 i flew to Hong Kong for the first time. While there I visited several Ving Tsun schools but there, the problem was the same: no one could deal with my kicks so i went to a martial arts store in Hong Kong and the owner of the store came over and asked me if i practiced Kung Fu. I answered “yes” and i told him i was looking for instruction in Ving Tsun and which schools i had visited, then he said: “bullshit!” and he gave me the address of Wong Shun Leung’s school.
So, I went back to Kowloon and visited this school, i walked in and there were people sitting at a table. One guy was doing the first form of Ving Tsun, another guy was on a bench pressing weights. Not exactly the training environment that i had envisioned, they looked more like a bunch of guys planning a robbery. I said i wanted to train but i guess they thought me rude for interrupting their game so i turned around and left the room but when i was waiting for the elevator one of the students came up to me and he said – Please come back in, the Master wants to ask you something in person – so i went back and Wong Shun Leung asked me, while holding a cigarette (which was also strange) what had happened to my hand and i told him i had lost it in an accident.
He asked why i wanted to practice Ving Tsun, so i told him: – I think it’s a great style, fighting with your hands – and he told me to come back the next day but i said that i couldn’t because i was flying to my home the next day and i would like to test whether he could block my kicks.
He said: – OK, go ahead – and then i thought: should i attack this elderly gentleman with his cigarette and all? So, i decided first to test his ability to react: Wong Shun Leung stood in front of me, holding a cigarette, and he hadn’t even assumed a fighting stance or anything, so i took a step back, got into position and … “