“Attack me, anyway you like” … Just as I did, I suddenly felt stunned, and I had Hawkins’ fist in my face. He smiled. “Did you feel the shock? Did your mind ‘blank out?'”
Hawkins Cheung is one of the original Ip Man students, starting with him in 1953. He was a Kung Fu brother of Wong Shun Leung and a classmate of Bruce Lee’s from before they started studying Wing Chun.
Hawkins has taught here and there but mostly seems to have spent his life studying different arts. He was with Ip Man on and off for 20 years. He earned a fourth degree black belt in Goju-Ryu Karate. He studied the Wu style of tai chi as well as the Yang, Chen and Sun styles.
Most unusually, he seems to be the one guy everyone in the Wing Chun world likes. He was friends with Wong Shun Leung and Leung Ting and William Chung and Gary Lam and everyone else, it seems. So he occupies an unusual position as the one person who knew and talked with them all.
Wing Chun, as you may or may not know, is a bit splintered, since Ip Man did not name a successor. There is a lot of contention over who is the “Grandmaster.” I’ve counted at least eight teachers using this title or having others use it of them, and I haven’t really made an exhaustive search.