Here’s the man who replanted Southern Fukien Shaolin or more commonly spelled as “SaoLim” in SE Asia, from mainland China to places like Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

The late Ven. Sek Koh Sum, a legend in this part of the world, famous for his “Lohan”, “Iron Fist” and many other SaoLim skills.

I will be posting more from this style later.

I am starting this blog to share MA materials collected over the past 40+ years from numerous sources. Starting with my dad and uncles, who are all Fuzhou Crane practitioners, and from them, came my earliest batch of CKF books and novels.

 

Much of what you’re about to read are derived from various Masters and schools that I visited and got acquainted over the years. Typically they all have some kind of manuals or school anniversary souvenir magazine wherein you’re find all sorts of info regarding histories, lineages and methodologies. Primarily in Chinese, I am undertaking to translate them for you here.

 

Also there are oral narrations by the practitioners and recorded by me and this is mostly the case here in Sarawak, a place I call home for the last 5 years. Many of the local masters I visited these past years don’t teach openly and it takes some coaxing before they open up with these narrations and demonstrations.

 

I am going to start with the late Sebastian Soh of Singapore; an outstanding Saolim Lohan teacher, prominent for his power, speed and dexterity.

 

I was lucky enough to be introduced by a mutual friend and on a few occasions, got to see him in action up close. This is one CKF teacher who impressed with every aspect of his repertoire; really the proverbial “got to be seen to be believed”.

 

His forms, sparring and breaking were all excellent.

 

Sadly, he passed a few years back and this is my small tribute to him…..

 

(The following is extracted from “Bushido Magazine”, a defunct Singapore MA magazine)

 

Sebastian Soh, founder and chief instructor of Hoppono Kempo-Do (note – he changed this to “Northern Shaolin Quan Fa in later years).

{Founded by Sebastian Soh, Hoppono-kempo is a newly evolved art derived from both Chinese and Japanese schools. The 22 years old Sebastian trained in Singapore, Taiwan, Japan and Okinawa under various masters. He was involved in martial arts from a very tender age}

 

 

 

The man responsible for the Hoppono Kempo movement is Sebastian Soh. He has formulated a blend of all-round pugilism based on Chinese and Japanese styles.

 

“A pugilist or Karate-ka, in search for perfection, must be versatile, training and conditioning himself from head to feet. He must, in short, be an all-rounder. He should not be confined to styles but rather specialize in using different techniques for different parts of his body. There is no end to the pursuit of such perfection. In tantamount, Hoppono Kempo-do is a profound art at an educational level and not merely a sport taken for recreation,” Sebastian said.

 

“I did not want to offend my masters of the various styles and therefore named the art Hoppono Kempo. It is a Japanese term, Hoppono meaning northern system and representing versatility of the feet, and kempo or “Chuan Fa” in Chinese meaning ‘the way of penetrating power and grace’. I will not bring myself to call it Chinese pugilism or Karate, but rather use an unrestricted specialization of the 2 arts. To me all forms of martial arts are universal and should be taken as a ‘Science’ with numerous barriers to overcome and constant discoveries to be made. Although martial arts are cultural and traditional, we are bound to make discoveries through scientific experiments which our forefathers may have missed. One forgets, but when he discovers he does not forget. When one learns it is easy to forget, due to the fact that he does not discover but scrounge on the knowledge of tradition. He does not look deep into them. Contrarily, when one discovers by himself while learning, it becomes quite another situation. I always urge my students to contemplate analytically over every technique they are taught; for an analytical mind discovers. There is no end to it, no end to perfection.” he added.

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