December 12, 2009
Strictly speaking, most CKF styles in existence are in one form or another “mixed martial arts”.
If like me, you believe that Shaolin is the birthplace and cradle of CKF then you must also believe that Kung Fu existed long before Shaolin.
Many styles ended up in Shaolin all over history and there were a lot of mixing and matching that took place.
Shaolin might have started with some “base” techniques and forms but to this were added many other battlefields tested methods introduced by various personalities throughout its long history.
Then there are styles that announced their mixed parentages in their names like Tai Sheng Pek Kua, Ying Chow Fan Zi….etc etc ….
Hey, even traditional styles like “MingHe” or “Singing Crane” is a cross between Shaolin Lohan and Fujian White Crane…..
So, it is not something new really.
In the 70s and 80s, during the heydays of CKF in this region, many Kung Fu teachers added non-Chinese systems into their conventional CKF curriculum.
All for various motivations; some I presume is to make their school more “marketable”.
So it is not unusual to walk into a CKF school and see students dressed in “Gi”, doing Karate like techniques, TKD kicks and learning to throw on cushioned floors.
Or the school is done up like a Muay Thai gym and a big part of training is focus mitt hitting in pairs.
But most of them kept their traditional identities, in one form or shape.
I studied Southern Tai Zu (Grand Ancestor) under the banner of “San Cheen Do”, a fusion style founded by my teacher Sifu Teo Choon Teck.
Sifu Teo or Ah Teck did both Tai Zu and Wuzu (5 Ancestors) and together with his brothers who were accomplished Karate and Judo practitioners, they started “San Cheen Do”.
Besides the beginning forms which are, more or less, conceptions of the Teo brothers, San Cheen Do at the core is Tai Zu with a little Wuzu integrated.
So for those of you who understand Fukien, San Cheen Do is all Sam Chien, Si Men, Ngo Kuan and Pway Huat …….
Ah Teck did maintain one Wuzu form intact in his teaching syllabus and that is “20 Fists” or “Ershiquan” in Pinyin.
I posted a clip earlier of some San Cheen Do students doing this on stage and here is another clip of the same form.
Can’t say much about background of these folks except that I suspect they might be from the mainland.
There, they like to identify Wuzu as “Heyang Wuzu” ………..