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Pak Hok Kung Fu practitioners develop and uphold the style with regard to the personal capabilities of each individual. This is achieved through the cultivation of physical and mental fitness, co-ordination, agility, self-discipline, confidence, self-defence and good health. Pak Hok training methods lead to a fuller, more harmonious and longer life.

Pak Hok (White Crane) Kung Fu has a long tradition in China, reputedly having begun during the Ming Dynasty – circa 1426. The style was begun when a Tibetan Lama, Au Dav Tov, with an extensive knowledge of the martial arts, watched a black ape fighting a white crane. As a result of this experience he founded the “Lion’s Roar” style Kung Fu, which was later renamed “Pak Hok Chung”, paving the way for the founding, at the end of the Ming Dynasty by another Lama, Du Logatan, of Pak Hok Kung Fu.

Martial arts in China flourished during the Ching Dynasty due to the unstable political climate, encouraging Sing Lun, an elderly monk to move from the north to settle in China with 4 disciples. They settled on Din Wu Shau, near Siu Hing, in the Hing Wun Monastery. Two of the disciples, Ju Je Yiu and Wong Lau Hui, achieved wide renown and themselves acquired many disciples, the most famous of whom was Ng Siu Chung. Wong was thus established as the Great Grandmaster and Ng became the recognised founder of modern day Pak Hok Kung Fu. Ng was famous as both a Master and a Scholar and was responsible for the standardisation of the style. He wrote that “The Martial Arts are a way of cultivating the personality… Cultivation of the inner self is related to martial ethics and is applicable both in the past and in the present; it is of inestimable value”. Ng had many disciples, the world famous being the world renown Chan Hak Fu – given the name of “Lightning Fist”.

Sifu Chan has been responsible for developing and spreading the style so that its disciples today are scattered worldwide – Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Australia and America.

Chan Hak Fu

Sifu Chan was born in Canton, China. After graduating from the Canton Wah Lum Athletic College, he was employed as a P.E. course instructor by the Canton Kuo-Min University. He learned Pak Hok Kung Fu from the late Master Ng Siu Chung since young, and came through as one of the most famous Pak Hok Sifu under Master Ng.

During the 2nd World War, he served as a chief instructor of kung fu to the Chinese Air Force personnel attached to the American Air Force then serving in China.

After the war, he settled and taught Kung Fu in Hong Kong. In 1954, at the request of a local athletic organization in Macau to raise funds for benevolence, he staged a “life or death” free hand bout with the late Tai Chi Master Ng Kung Yee. Although the result came to a draw, the bout thrilled thousands of spectators, for such a bout was never seen during the last 50 years.

In 1972, Sifu Chan settled in Australia and established his Pak Hok Kung Fu International school there. In 1976, he expanded his organization all the way to Hong Kong, New York and San Francisco. As far as Kung Fu is concerned, he is the first to establish a studio in three major continents.

 
 
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