Last recorded footage of Bruce Lee’s teacher IP man (days before his death)
Also known as Yip Man, IP man was a Chinese martial artist and a master teacher of Wing Chun. He had several students who later became martial arts masters in their own right, including Wong Shun Leung and Bruce Lee.
Yip started learning Wing Chun from Chan Wah-shun when he was 7. He then went on to become an instructor himself teaching Bruce Lee the famous art in his early years.
After being diagnosed with Throat cancer, Yip decided that he wanted to record footage of himself practicing the art, so the next generation can learn from him. Only days before his death, he, with his students and his son IP Chun, came up with this footage so people in the future could know how the legendary perform Wing Chun and learn from it.
The footage is grainy and features a very old Yip in his final days, in the clip Yip can be seen demonstrating his Wing Chun techniques on a wooden dummy. Yip may have been dying and in his final days yet the fluidity and precision of his movements can still be seen and cannot be denied.
Yip became well known in popular culture with the release of the very successful “IP Man”, a Hong Kong film based on the life of Yip Man, starring Donnie Yen as the martial artist. The film was released in 2008 and catapulted the legendary Wing Chun practitioner into the martial arts spotlight.
Yip also left behind a written history of Wing Chun. Many artifacts of his life are on display in the “Yip Man Tong” museum in the Foshan Ancestral Temple grounds.
A shorter version with cool music:
Longer and much cleaner version – but no cool music:
Yip died on 2 December 1972 in his unit at 149 Tung Choi Street in Hong Kong, from throat cancer, only 7 months before the death of Bruce Lee. His legacy lives on.