The exams were difficult to pass and only one in 100 candidates were able to complete it . There were only a handful of people who manage to pass this exam in the late Ching dynasty . As a promising young official he was sent to Japan to continue his studies in a military academy . Since early childhood Law Tiu We was trained in a system later known as Snake Crane Wing Chun . According to Law family written accounts he learned his art from Dai Fa Min Kam (Sun Kam).
Latest research conducted by Grandmaster Wayne Yung shows that his actual teacher was Law Man Gung , an actor from Cantonese Red Boat opera house and active participant in Taiping rebellion . After the defeat of the rebels , Law Man Gung went hiding and found refugee in Foshan where he was supported by his family . In return he passed his wing chun system to Law Tiu Wen .
In time of his return from Japan ,Sun Yat-sen raised a Revolution to finally liberate China from Ching rule . Law Tiu Wen , as a patriot joined the movement and he was assigned as general Lee Fu Lin’s military advisor. During his service in general Lee Fu Lin’s cabinet he was forced to use his Wing Chun several times fighting for his life. In one occasion , when he stayed late to finish some paperwork an assassin , who was sent to kill the general ,attacked him by mistake thinking he was a general because he was alone in general’s office