Great Grand Master Tan Kew Leong

GREAT GRANDMASTER TAN KEW LEONG 师 祖 陈 九 龙 1892 -1967 Great Grand Master Tan Kew Leong (陈九 龙 Chen Jiu Long).  He was the second Master of Master Ang Lian Huat.  Master Ang learnt the Tai Chor “Tai Zu “ (Tiger) system and the famous “Song Jiang” traditional weapons from him.   Originally fromContinue reading “Great Grand Master Tan Kew Leong”>>

Fighting Strategy of the Tiger Crane Combination Art

The Tiger Crane Combination art is stems from a time of great turmoil in China: a time of conflict and danger.  A time when, for a martial artist, death was a constant threat. Hence it is very direct in its fighting application.  It has never been intended for ‘sports’ fighting. To modern sensibilities its techniquesContinue reading “Fighting Strategy of the Tiger Crane Combination Art”>>

Kung Fu Traditions

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Chinese Kung Fu is a complex discipline with a long history.  More than just a means of combat Kung Fu has history, traditions, philosophy, ethos and its own culture. It has roots that extend back into the distant past and connect us with a long lineage of dedicated masters. Hence it gives us an identityContinue reading “Kung Fu Traditions”>>

A Brief History of Shaolin

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Bodhidharma, called Tat Mo by the Chinese, is revered as the founder of Shaolin Kung Fu and Chan (Zen) Buddhism, the source of the tea plant and the first person to introduce shoes to China! Wu Zu a Shaolin History少 林 詠 春 白 鹤 拳 SHAOLIN YONG CHUN WHITE CRANETIGER – CRANE COMBINATIONAN UNTOLDContinue reading “A Brief History of Shaolin”>>

Zen and the Art of Kung Fu

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Tan Kew Leong, the author’s great grand master, demonstrates the power of real kung fu. Is Kung Fu really the ultimate path to enlightenment?  Many generations of warrior monks spread over a 1,500 year history have certainly believed it to be just that.  So what is the link between Kung Fu, Zen, and Buddhahood? ZenContinue reading “Zen and the Art of Kung Fu”>>

Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 12: Breathing & Teaching

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Martial Arts Master Tan Soh Tin, Present Master of the Nam Yang Pugilistic Association, at Nam Yang Shaolin Training Camp, Thailand. Special Breathing Methods The special breathing which characterises Sum Chien training is certainly a very powerful form of Chi Kung and is the subject of much interest and discussion.  It is important to noteContinue reading “Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 12: Breathing & Teaching”>>

Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 11: Origins

Some Background Information To me, what is most important about Sum Chien training is its huge potential to change our lives for the best.  Hence discussing this first.  To benefit from it we do not need to know about its history but, as humans, a knowledge of our background and culture and just where weContinue reading “Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 11: Origins”>>

Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 10: Tapping into the Energy of the Universe

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As I mentioned earlier, when we adopt the straight Sum Chien posture we connect our crown point (Pei Hue) with the Yang Chi of the Heavens and our root point (Hue Yin) with the yin chi of the Earth.  Sum Chien training also typically begins with a sequence of movements which include one which thrustsContinue reading “Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 10: Tapping into the Energy of the Universe”>>

Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 9: Speaking with the Body

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A good example of how training our body posture and language, including the face affect us as a whole. Martial Arts Students demonstrating the Sum Chien at Nam Yang Thailand Training Camp. Life is largely about how we interact with others.  Psychologists tell us that only 7% of what we communicate is through our wordsContinue reading “Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 9: Speaking with the Body”>>

Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 8: Training the Emotions

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Martial Arts Master Iain Armstrong demonstrating the Sum Chien Face at Nam Yang’s Thailand Retreat. Training the face during Sum Chien practice seems to have gone out of fashion a little. It is widely known that the old masters used to contort their face into a strange grimace when they practised but most of theirContinue reading “Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 8: Training the Emotions”>>