A Durian farmer, Hakka songster and expert in Chu Gar Kao.

November 30, 2007

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Talking to Sifu Lee Tho Sheng is ,constantly, so much fun.

 

From listening to how he climbs his tall durian tress, and I mean tall, breaking out into one of his many Hakka “mountain songs” and watching him, transforms right before your very eyes, and performing his very aggressive form of Hakka Chu Gar Kuen ….. In the words of Russ Smith; this is all good!

 

Sifu Lee is a very good-humored person, diplomatic and tactful, he is careful with his statements especially when you are caught in the midst of opposing fractions; unavoidable in all Wulin.

 

Flourishing in his durian farming, Sifu Lee is the proprietor of farms not far from the famous Batu Ferringhi beach, popular with tourists.

 

Visiting him there is a treat in many ways; the top-notch durians, jackfruits and getting a taste of his unique style of Hakka Chu Gar Kao.

 

You know the common saying, size belie strength,  exactly the case here.

 

And to hear him, in his booming voice, recites fist-poems in his native Hakka dialect is something that I totally enjoy.

 

And at almost 70, this man is a dynamo that just cannot be stopped!

 

Here’s a clip of one of Sifu Lee student doing a form called BaBuZhaung or 8-steps posture.

 

Again, I must say, expression is a cut different from the usual small-stance front leg enters/rear leg follows arched-back explosion that you expect from Hakka boxing.

 

 

 

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