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25 Exclusive Interviews with Direct Students of Sifu Wong Shun Leung
For the first time in one volume, Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute offers first-hand accounts and anecdotes as told by 25 direct students of the “King of Talking Hands”. A stunning 360-page tribute available in full-colour softcover and premium hardcover.
“Beautifully illustrated, painstakingly researched, and immaculately presented, this is a book that will enlighten you, motivate you, and move you. I can’t recommend it highly enough!”
Sifu David Peterson
WSL Ving Tsun Combat Science – Malaysia
Get a Unique Insight Into the Life and Legacy of a Martial Arts Legend
Over the last decade, the public has become more aware of Sifu Wong Shun Leung’s contribution to Wing Chun, and his vital connection to Bruce Lee. Although well known for his fighting skills, earning him the title of Gong Sau Wong (“King of Talking Hands”), Sifu Wong was a down-to-earth, approachable, warm person passionate about life and Wing Chun.
“Anyone who loves Sifu Wong Shun Leung and Wing Chun will treasure Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute. A masterpiece indeed! Thank you, Eric, for your hard work.”
Sifu Chan Kim Man
Shun Mo Scientific Ving Tsun
“Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute is a fantastic, inspirational masterpiece by my good friend Eric Lilleor. I’m full of admiration for Eric who brought this massive and important project to life. Congratulations on your achievement, my friend, Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute is a spectacular book!”
Sifu Morten Ibsen
Danish Ving Tsun Federation
Who Better Than His Direct Students to Pay Tribute to Sifu Wong Shun Leung?
Filled with anecdotes, reflections, and personal stories, Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute offers you a unique opportunity to gain insight into the life and legacy of Sifu Wong Shun Leung, whose influence still resonates in the Wing Chun community today.
John Wong Hong Chung
Johnny Tam Yuk Lam
Wan Kam Leung
Chan Kim Man
Wu Chun Nam
Cliff Au Yeung
“As much as we’d like, we weren’t all there with the ‘King of Talking Hands’ in those now legendary moments in time. But this ‘unputdownable’ body of work by Sifu Eric Lilleor provides an accurate portal to our genius patriarch, Sigung Wong Shun Leung. Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute is ‘laugh out loud, punch-the-air inspiring’ and is part of what is now the holy trinity of WSLVT books!”
Sifu Glenn Landers
WSLVT Chinese Close-Boxing Club
Not sure if this book is for you? Listen to these audio samples and decide. These are not live recordings of the interviewees but professionally edited voice-overs created with highly sophisticated AI software that sound very human-like.
John Wong Hong Chung
“Dad had been fond of martial arts ever since he was a child, and he always liked to watch other people’s challenge fights.”
Wan Kam Leung
“Sometimes training with Sifu was a wake-up call to get back to training and improve considerably, but it was also a source of inspiration for everyone.”
“To my surprise, my Sifu sat next to Ip Man! I then realised who this humble man, carrying the common family name Wong, really was. He’d change my life forever!”
“I think Wong Sifu‘s greatest and most important contribution to Wing Chun was to remove the bullshit and to keep things both honest and real.”
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It is with great pleasure that I extend my gratitude to Eric Lilleor, whose devotion made Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute possible. I was deeply impressed by the red cover and the photo of Sifu Wong Shun Leung posing with the Baat Jaam Do — very eye-catching! Upon reading the book, one quickly realises that Eric spent a great deal of time and effort creating this masterpiece. The book covers Wong Sifu‘s teaching period from the late 1950s until the late 1990s. Many Sihingdais share insights into Wong Sifu‘s teachings, and the happy moments they shared together. Those conversations, and the many photos, touched my heart and made me recall many unforgettable moments. Anyone who loves Sifu Wong Shun Leung and Wing Chun will treasure Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute. A masterpiece indeed! Thank you, Eric, for your hard work.
Sifu Chan Kim Man
Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute is a fantastic, inspirational masterpiece by my good friend Eric Lilleor. Those who never had the opportunity to meet or learn from Sifu Wong Shun Leung, but are interested in learning more about the patriarch of our unique WSLVT system, should pick up a copy! The anecdotes, reflections and personal stories shared by 25 first-generation students are genuinely motivational. They provide a rare insight into the life of an extraordinary man who impacted so many lives and whose influence can still be felt in the Wing Chun community today. I’m full of admiration for Eric who brought this massive and important project to life. Congratulations on your achievement, my friend, Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute is a spectacular book!
Sifu Morten Ibsen
Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute is one of the best Wing Chun books ever published! The love, care and respect put into this book and that come from the testimonies of Sifu Wong Shun Leung’s students can be felt on every page. This is a must-have book for any serious Wing Chun practitioner who wants to further enrich their art by understanding its roots. No matter what lineage you hail from, this book is full of history and great insights that can benefit everyone with its valuable perspectives — perhaps even perspectives about your own particular lineage. Sifu Wong Shun Leung unites all Wing Chun practitioners because his name commands respect amongst those all familiar with him. As a window into the history of a golden age of Wing Chun in the 20th century, Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute will be referenced for generations to come.
Sifu Ki Innis
I love Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute! I’m so glad I purchased it. At 360 pages, it’s a monster of a book, and it’s worthy of every one of them. I’m sure Sifu Wong Shun Leung would be in awe at such a spectacular volume — a fitting tribute to a Wing Chun legend. Highly recommended!
Eric Lilleor has done a superb job in creating this masterpiece! Through the experiences of Sifu Wong Shun Leung’s students, you get a deeper perspective of Wong as a fighter, a teacher and, most of all, what a down-to-earth person he was. Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute is inspiring, humorous and fascinating! I will be re-reading this treasure many times. Thank you, Eric, for all your hard work!
For those who learn the Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun Kuen Hok (Ving Tsun Combat Science) system, I recommend Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute as a rare and precious book. The author interviewed 25 direct disciples of Wong Shun Leung, and by reading from their conversations, we can understand Sifu Wong Shun Leung from many different perspectives. To gain a deeper understanding of the Ving Tsun Kuen Hok system, it is essential to know more about the founder’s ideas and philosophy. Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute is perfect for that endeavour! While practising with my teacher, Sifu David Peterson, we often heard him explaining Wong Shun Leung’s thinking method. Now, through reading the memoirs of the 24 other direct disciples in this book, I now have a far better understanding of Sigung‘s philosophy. I can sincerely say that this is the most comprehensive WSLVT book by far, and the photos and printing are first class in every respect.
Sifu Jon Dep
As a self-confessed Kung Fu geek, Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute fires on all cylinders for me! I don’t think anyone doubts the tremendous contribution of the late Sifu Wong Shun Leung, the “King of Talking Hands”, to the art of Wing Chun (of any spelling). It is an absolute treat to read the accounts of 25 of his direct students as they give context and depth to one of the modern greats of this style. Eric knocks it out of the park with the quality and care he uses in all his works! Absolutely recommended!
Sifu Alex Richter aka “The Kung Fu Genius”
Eric Lilleor’s new book Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute totally engrossed me from the very first page! The book is filled with fascinating interviews with 25 first-generation students of Sifu Wong Shun Leung, along with tons of photos that transport you back in time. Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute basically gives you a front-row seat into the essence of who Wong Shun Leung was as a human being and as the “King of Talking Hands”!
This amazing book has been a long time in the making. I greatly admire Sifu Eric Lilleor’s perseverance in keeping up with this project and turning it into a reality. For many of you who never knew Sifu Wong Shun Leung, Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute offers great insights from many of his known AND unknown students, ranging from the late 1950s to the late 1990s. Readers are immediately transported back in time, observing all early students of Wong Sifu in training. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle — every interview question elicits an answer that represents the teachings of that period. The transformation, the evolution and the mindset are all part of the whole picture. When the puzzle pieces are placed together, that is WSLVT. I highly recommend everyone practising Wing Chun to get Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute — a true masterpiece of a book!
Sifu Mark Wong
Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute is amazing! With its impressive lineup of first-generation students and the sheer number of rare photos, this book is a valuable addition to your martial arts library. For those of us who never had the pleasure of learning from the legendary Sifu Wong Shun Leung, Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute gives you a deeper insight into Sigung‘s character and his approach to WSLVT. Thanks to all the Sifus and Eric for making this magnificent tribute possible. A definite five-star rating!
Sifu Juan Manuel Sanz
Wow! That was the first word that came to mind when I first picked up Sifu Eric Lilleor’s new book, Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute. First of all, it’s a whopping 360 pages! As an author, I understand the work that goes into the writing process, and Eric has done a monumental job with this tome. First, I looked through all the photos, which took almost an hour! The book is filled with great historical pictures, both in colour and black and white. I have read everything I could on Master Wong over the last thirty years, but many of these photos were ones I have never seen. It was great to see early training photos of Master Wong and his students. The interviews with his students are great as well. Eric, by some weird magic, broke the curse of interview books. That curse is that they are usually very redundant and uninteresting after about the first three interviews you read. Not so with Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute! The interview list reads like a who’s who of the WSLVT family! And somehow, through what I am sure was painstaking research, Eric guided Wong’s students, through great leading questions, like an experienced detective, to a vast amount of details. This book not only gives the reader a much deeper look into Sifu Wong Shun Leung, the man, but through Eric’s masterful questions and the willingness of Wong’s students to share their personal experiences, a very clear view of this great man’s approach to his Ving Tsun Kuen Hok.
Sifu Tony Massengill
Sifu Eric Lilleor’s new book Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute is a treasure! Through conversations with 25 direct students of Sifu Wong Shun Leung, the book gives you a deeper insight into the “King of Talking Hands” and his combat philosophy. It contains hundreds of photographs, some rare, some iconic and some from private collections, never published before. Gong Sau Wong: A Tribute is a must-have book for any Wing Chun practitioner, but especially for those belonging to the WSLVT lineage.
Sifu Ivan Heretynski
In Case You Wondered… the Specs
The book is available as a Premium Hardcover (with a tactile, matte finish) and a glossy Softcover edition.
The book has a trade book size of 20×25 cm. The Premium Hardcover edition weighs 1.2 kilograms.
The interior pages are printed on white, uncoated paper, resulting in rich, black ink and deep colours.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can pay with PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
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The book is available in Trade Book format: 20 x 25 cm (8 x 10 inches).
Yes, with a glossy cover.
The book is available for shipping to the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe (French), Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Reunion (French), Romania, Saint Barthelemy, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, and Virgin Islands (British).
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It is unlikely that an audiobook version will ever be available.
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Born and bred in Denmark, but currently based in Helsinki, Finland, Eric Lilleor began learning martial arts in 1978, and in 1984 he started his Wing Chun journey.
Since 2011, Eric has been a proud and devoted Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun Kuen Hok practitioner under the guidance of Sifu David Peterson and Sifu Morten Ibsen. Eric is a certified Sifu under Sifu Ibsen’s Danish Ving Tsun Federation.
In 2016, Eric acted as the editor of Sifu David Peterson’s second book, WSL Ving Tsun Kuen Hok: An Overview in the Form of Essays, published by his company Mui Fa Publishing. Later that year, the World Ving Tsun Association inducted Eric into the Hall of Fame as “Sifu of the Year”.
Over 20 Years of Experience in the Publishing Industry
Eric Lilleor has been working in the publishing industry for over 20 years. Between 1998 and 2004, he published ScreenTalk, an 80-page publication geared toward film and TV scriptwriters.
The magazine established retail distribution throughout North America (Barnes & Noble, Borders, Walden Books, Hastings, Independents, Super Stand) and in select stores in the UK, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand within a year of its launch.
In 2004, Eric sold ScreenTalk to a US publisher.
A London-based publisher hired Eric in 2006 to create the vision and concept for what would become movieScope.
The magazine covered all aspects of filmmaking, combined with contributions from professional filmmakers and exclusive interviews with some of the industry’s most accomplished filmmakers, both behind and in front of the camera.
For three years, Eric served as editor-in-chief of movieScope.
Wing Chun Illustrated
Eric founded Mui Fa Publishing in 2011, which publishes Wing Chun Illustrated, the world’s longest-running Wing Chun magazine, of which he also serves as editor-in-chief.
The magazine aims to unify the entire Wing Chun family, give a voice to all lineages, and help preserve all that this unique fighting system has to offer to current and future generations of practitioners.
A significant milestone was reached by Wing Chun Illustrated in June 2021, when it celebrated its 10th anniversary.