Category Archives: History

Great Grandmaster Ma Ching Fung of Northern Shaolin Lo Han

This short bio is from Ma’ schools web site

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