Master Leo is a highly qualified Wing Chun instructor, who holds lessons in central London and South Wimbledon. In 2008 he was invited back to China to become the action choreographer for the movie ‘Ip Man’ and later the prequel ‘The Legend is Born-Ip Man’. During that time he worked closely with some of the most famous actors and directors including Sammo Hung, Donnie Yen and Yuen Biao. Last year Master Leo was also invited back again for the third chapter of the Ip Man movie franchise (Ip Man: The Finial Fight), acting in the movie and again doing the fight choreography.

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Ip Man is set in the 1930s in Foshan, a hub of southern Chinese martial arts, where various schools actively recruit disciples and compete against each other. Although the Wing Chun master Ip Man is the most skilled martial artist in Foshan, he is unassuming and keeps a low profile. As an independently wealthy man, he feels no need to accept any disciples and instead spends his days training, meeting with friends, and spending time with his family. However, his wife is often resentful of the time he spends training and discussing martial arts with friends and colleagues. Though not a professional martial artist, Ip Man is respected in Foshan due to the abilities he displays in friendly, closed-door competitions with local masters. Ip Man's reputation is further enhanced when he defeats an aggressive, rude, highly skilled Northern master, Jin Shanzhao, thus upholding the regional pride of fellow Southern stylists and others in Foshan.

The Japanese invasion in 1937 adversely affects the life of everyone in Foshan. Ip Man's house is claimed by the Japanese and used as their Foshan headquarters. Ip Man and his family lose their wealth and are forced to move into a decrepit house. Desperate to support his family, Ip Man accepts work as a coolie at a coal mine. The Japanese general Miura, who is a master of karate, establishes an arena where Chinese martial artists compete with his military trainees. The Chinese earn a bag of rice for every Japanese opponent they defeat. When his friend Lin goes missing, Ip Man investigates and discovers the matches. At first disturbed by the spectacle, he is further enraged when he sees a fellow Foshan master killed when picking up a bag of rice from a prior victory against three Karatekas. To further complicate matters, Ip Man learns that Li Zhao, a former police officer and his acquaintance, is now working as a translator for the Japanese. In response, Ip Man demands a match with ten Karatekas at once, and defeats them with ease. His skill arouses the interest of Miura, who seeks to learn more about Ip Man and see him fight again.

Ip Man visits his friend Chow Ching-Chuen, who owns and runs a cotton mill in Foshan. Chow tells him that a highway robbery gang led by Jin Shanzhao is harassing his workers and exporting money from them. Ip Man trains the workers in Wing Chun for self defence. Meanwhile, Miura grows impatient when Ip Man does not return to the arena and sends men to find him. These men harass Ip Man's family, and he incapacitates them. Ip Man and his family then go into hiding at Li Zhao's house. Meanwhile, the robbers return to the cotton mill to demand money. The workers fight back using the techniques that Ip Man taught them. As the mass fight ends, Ip Man appears and defeats Jin Shan-Zhao, warning him never to harass the workers again.

The Japanese soldiers eventually find Ip Man at the cotton mill. Miura tells him that his life will be spared if agrees to instruct the Japanese soldiers in martial arts. Ip Man refuses and challenges Miura to a match, which Miura accepts, both because of his love for martial arts and because refusing the challenge would be a humiliation to the Japanese. The match between Ip Man and Miura is held in public in Foshan's square, Ip Man defeats Miura in the fight.

As the beaten general lies down after his defeat, Ip looks over to the crowd and hears the Chinese cheering him; within the crowd, he spots his wife and child with Chow. Just then, Miura's deputy Sato shoots Ip Man. This sparks a scuffle between the Chinese audience and the Japanese soldiers. During the scuffle Li Zhao kills Sato with Sato's own gun. Ip Man is taken away amidst the chaos, it is revealed that he survives and escapes to Hong Kong with his family. There, Ip Man establishes a Wing Chun school, where his students come to include Bruce Lee. - wikipedia

This is a semi-biographical account concentrating on the childhood and teenage years of Ip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art Wing Chun. You will see how Ip Man developed his skills and became a famed icon of his martial art. Taking instruction from kung fu masters Chan Wah-Shun and Leung Pik when he was young.

Ip Man film series producer, Checkley Sin, decided to shoot this prequel so he could showcase the essence of Chinese kung fu. To Sin and Leung's credit, they have intricately designed some of the most varied martial arts sequences seen in this movie, showing rarely seen Wing Chun techniques, e.g. leg work and wresting. This is a great film if you want to see vivid and vigorous fights, pitting Wing Chun against other martial arts, such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Boxing....