One tree, many branches.

November 25, 2007

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When I was first told about GM Ong Choon Seng, I was looking forward impatiently to meet this old gentleman in Penang.

 

And that is because Sifu Ong is one of the very few, that I have heard of, still flying the “Tai Zu” or “Grand Ancestor” flag.

 

Also one of the styles that I studied, I couldn’t wait to compare notes.

 

Finally meeting him in his temple; Sifu Ong operates a “Dit Dar” clinic within a temple compounds in Penang, then turned out to be a reunion of sort.

 

2 strangers meeting for the first time and instantaneously jumping into topics like 3 battles, 4 doors, 5 gates and 8 methods….

 

Sifu Ong’s Tai Zu or Tai Chor in Fukien, has been kept within his families for generations from China to Penang.

 

His ancestors and my grandmaster, the late Quek Yong Hor, were from the same neighborhood in China and perhaps even the same school.

 

Our training methodologies are that alike …

 

Except maybe that his syllabus maintains a tad more of the northern elements that spawned Fukien Tai Chor.

 

I spent a good amount of time exchanging with Sifu Ong and his son in numerous, very educational, sessions

 

Over time, you will be reading a lot more about some of the projects that we are presently embarking to document and promote this style.

 

And Sifu Ong will be playing a vital role ……together with my Tai Zu teacher, Teo Choon Teck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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