Lin Zhi Qian, Sibu Sarawak.

Hung Gar in Sarawak.

October 9, 2007

A photo-slide of Master Lin’s son, one of his senior disciples and scenes from Sibu…

 

 

Hung Gar in Sarawak.

October 9, 2007

This past year, in the course of uncovering TCMA in Sarawak, I was introduced to an 86 years old Hung Gar master, Lin Shi Xing, living in Sibu.

Started Hung Gar at the age of 13, Master Lin had 3 teachers imparting the arts to him and among them is a Master Wong Yong Long from Hong Kong.

A Cantonese, uncommon in Sarawak, Master Lin owns and operates a small shoe shop in the heart of Sibu.

Talking to him on numerous visits, I found out that he taught hundreds over the years and he counts his own son, Lin Zhi Qian, as one of his top students.

Lin junior is still active in keeping the Hong Gar’s flag flying in Sibu notwithstanding the adverse conditions for most TCMAs.

Some of the forms taught by Master Lin are:-

  • Fu Hok Sueng Ying
  • Gung Ji Fuk Fu
  • 12 bridge hands
  • Kam Kong Kuen
  • Ng Ying Kuen
  • Sup Ying Kuen
  • Fu Hok Moaw
  • Tit Sin Kuen

Etc…..

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Well, I plan to call on Master Lin again soon to get more histories about Hung Gar, always such a joy to hear him describe CKF from a time gone by ……

During one of my trips back to my home, Singapore, I visited Sifu Mok Of Singapore Pak Hok Pai. Among other things, to talk to him about appearing in our MA event. I was treated to an excellent impromptu performance and before leaving, was presented with magazines and DVDs featuring his style and school.

 

The following is an extract from the magazine :-img001.gif

 

 

Pak Hock Kungfu History

Pak Hock Pai(style of the white crane in Cantonese)Wushu originate from Tibet during the middle of Ming Dynasty (AD 1425-1426).The originator of this form of martial art was the high reverant Lama Ahtaotuo.

Lama Ahtaotuo came from a family of martial artist before he was initiated into monk hood and was highly skilled in Tibetan wrestling and grappling.

During one of his meditations in a deep forest, Lama Ahtaotuo encounters a fierce fight between a black gibbon and a white crane. Due to his martial art background, Lama Ahtaotuo is able to appreciate the beauty of the strategy and skill of a combat between both parties. It is this time that Lama Ahtaotuo was struck with an insight of a new style of martial art that can be formed by imitating the strong points of both parties. Armed with this knowledge, Lama Ahtaotuo developed a style which incorporates each of eight different form of punching movement including punch striking, kicking, and grappling and pointing. As this style of martial art also integrate the theory of Zen,Lama Ahataotuo named it as the “Skill OF The Lion Roar”(taken the Buddhist script which describes that when Buddha was born he pointed one hand in heaven, one hand on earth and proclaimed “I am the roar of a lion, In all heaven and earth I am supreme”.


When this martial art is passed to second generation master High reverant Lama Dorojitan,with his intelligence he is able to further develop and reorganize the fighting style. As most of the style is derived from the crane, thus he renamed the martial art style as “Pak Hock Zhong”(Origination of White Crane).


It was only till the Qing dynasty that Reverent Shenlong came south to Canton with his four disciples and spread the fighting style of the crane. Reverent Shenlong further acquire five disciples in Canton and impart to them with the skill. These five disciples further incorporate Chinese weaponry, like sword and whip in to the fighting style making it a complete form of Wushu.By the time “Pak Hock Pai” became a wide spread and recognized form of martial art.


Two of the five disciples, Great grand master Ju Zi Yeu ang Great grand master Wong Lum Hoi passed their skill to Grand master Ng Siew Chong in Hong Kong and at the same time passed down to Grand master Ng Siew Chong the golden Buddha statue of Reverent Shenlong as token of leadership to enable him to lead and spread what Grand master Ng had learn.


Grand master Ng having accepted the authority begin to pass down his skill to many disciple so that the martial art which is now known as “Pak Hock Pai” will be widely spread. It is master Leong Ji Aum,one of the disciples of Grand master Ng,brought this martial art to Singapore and founded the “Singapore Pak Hock Pai Athletic Association” in 1947.