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Ip Chun and Ip Ching (right)

KUALA LUMPUR: Depicted as a rebellious youth in the popular film series about his kung-fu master father, Ip Ching followed the legendary Ip Man's footsteps till the very end.

Ip Ching, who served as a consultant for action hero Donnie Yen's Ip Man film series, died at the age of 83 last Saturday, on the first day of Chinese New Year.

Entertainment portal Asia One reported yesterday that Ip Ching was a lifelong practitioner of Wing Chun, a Chinese martial arts style made popular by his father, which makes use of quick arm movements and strong legs to defeat opponents.

Ip Ching, who was also a businessman, became a full-time Wing Chun instructor in 1994. He was the second of Ip Man's five children, and he and his elder brother Ip Chun were consultants for the film series.

The series' latest instalment, Ip Man 4: The Finale, became Malaysia's highest grossing Chinese film in history, collecting RM30.3million worth of ticket sales in 13 days.

Ip Man, who died in 1972 at the age of 79, was born in Foshan, China but migrated to Hong Kong in 1949 and became a successful kung-fu master there. One of his most famous students was the legendary martial arts actor Bruce Lee.

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