- In the 1930s, Foshan thrives as the hub of Chinese martial arts, with various sects actively recruiting disciples and competing against each other to prove their strengths. Well known throughout Foshan for his martial arts skills is Ip Man, who is an expert in Wing Chun. While Ip Man is an accomplished martial artist, he is unassuming and keeps a low profile. At the same time he doesn't run any martial arts school, nor accept students. He only stays at home, quietly sparring with his compatriots in friendly competitions, swapping pointers with each other.