Great Grandmaster Ma Ching Fung of Northern Shaolin Lo Han

This short bio is from Ma’ schools web site http://members.tripod.com/kin_fung

Great Grand Master Ma Ching Fung was born in Toi San, Guangdong on January 8, 1916. His original name was Wong Jaan, second name Hau Foon and assumed name Kin Fung. He was a son of a merchant who conducted business affairs in Canada. From an early age Ma was keen in learning Chinese Martial Arts and in high school his classmate’s father was the famous Wong Tak Hing (Wong Duk Hing) recognized Ma’s natural talents and gracious personality, made him his student at the age of 14. Continue reading

Northern Shaolin Lo Han Grandmaster Sun Yu Fung

Source: New Martial Hero #27 (1970?)
As Studied and Recited by Buddha Mountain Men
Translated by Larry Chau (December 3, 1990)
Edit by Robert Louie (December 7, 1990)

In the 20th year of the Republic, Sun Yu Fung, a famous Lo Han teacher, was sent by the Shanghai Central Ching Wu Physical Association to Kwangchou to promote Shao lin kung fu. Sun Yu Fung and his son, Sun Wen Yang, taught kung fu as dictated by the Ching Wu Association, which was the basic kung fu of Ching Wu: Twelve Rows of Tan T’ui, Kung Lick Kuen, Big War (Battle) Fist, Loose Battle Fist, Combination Battle Fist, etc. Weapons included Five Tiger Spear, Shepherd Staff, etc. Continue reading

History of Jing Mo

Towards the end of the Ching Dynasty, China was weak and politically confused. The country was suffering from one natural disaster after another on top of oppression. The Chinese people were regarded as invalids because of the miserable economic conditions. The idea behind starting a center for martial arts was to help lift the peoples feeling as Invalids of Asia. Ching Wu (Jing Mo) Association was founded in 1909 by Huo Yuan Chia with the aim of cultivating sagacity, benevolence and courage and improving the health of the people. With the failure of the Boxer Rebellion in 1900, the reputation of Chinese martial arts among the populace had fallen to its lowest point since the time when the Chinese martial arts was at the Shao Lin Monastery in the late 1400s. From 1909 to 1939, the Ching Wu (Jing Mo) Physical Cultural Association was able to restore the populace faith and respect for Chinese Martial Arts. Ching Wu (Jing Mo) Association developed into Chinas earliest and largest Martial Art Institute. Huo Yuan Chia became a National Hero and his name still is revered and honored as a great martial artist fighter. Continue reading

Northern Shao lin, the 32nd Anniversary of Kuo Yu Chang’s Death

By Chen Hsin Mon

Source: Wu Lin,#2, 1984
Translated by Benton Dere, 1985
Edit by Robert Louie, January 15, 1992

Note: Chen Hsin Mon was a disciple of Kuo Yu Chang and was rated as one of the top ten disciples. This article is very important because it contains some insight about the style and about Kuo Yu Chang from someone who directly learned from him. It also gives us some idea of what the status of Northern Shao lin is in China today.

Shao lin kung fu took root and grew in Southern China and Ku Yu Chang played a major role in this. Kuo Yu Chang was from Huning Chiang Su. He was born in 1894 to a poor peasant family. At that time the country was in terrible shape. When he was 8 years old, Kuo Yu Chang started to learn kung fu from a Shangtung master, Yim Chi Wen. Yim Chi Wen was a man who lived during both the Ching dynasty and the beginning of the Republic. He was well verse in the Shao lin arts. People called him “Great Spear Yim”. Kuo Yu Chang became well known for his Shao lin kung fu in several provinces such as Su Chiang, Che Chiang, Hunan, Hupei, etc. Continue reading

Welcome to our Jing Mo (Chin Woo/Ching Wu) Web site

Welcome to our Jing Mo Web site which is also known as Chin Woo and Ching Wu. This Web site offers you the opportunity to learn more about our school curriculum at the San Bruno Jing Mo Physical Culture Association (Jing Mo Athletic Association), our services and our products. We can assist you in advancing your studies and development in the traditional chinese martial arts or gung fu. We offer you an inside look at Jing Mo starting with the history of the original Jing Mo Physical Culture Association, founded in 1909 in Shanghai, China. Since then many branches of the original school have opened their doors through out many regions of China, Southeast Asia and around the world. In 1935 the Kowloon (now is Hong Kong) branch of Jing Mo sent Great Grandmaster Sifu Lai Hon Kuai to San Francisco to start up a Jing Mo school. Due to a lack of interest in gung fu at that time none was started. Later the first Jing Mo Physical Culture Association in the United States was started in San Francisco by Grandmaster Sifu Wong Jack Man in 1963. The San Bruno branch school was established by Sifu Herb Leung and Sifu Robert Louie in 1995. Sifu Arthur Chin was invited to the San Bruno Jing Mo School as special guest instructor, following the tradition of the original Shanghai Jing Mo Physical Culture Association. Sifu Robert Louie, Sifu Herb Leung and Sifu Arthur Chin are disciples of Grandmaster Sifu Wong Jack Man.

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