“Northern Kicks and Southern Fists” – everyone doing CKF must have heard of this. 

There are, however, exceptions to this rule. 

Take “Hung, Lau, Choy, Li and Mok Gar” the 5 major Cantonese systems according to many; Mok Gar is distinguished by their kicks especially their distinctive range of “ghost kicks”.

In Fukien,  in which history recorded about 100 styles and sub-styles, one style stands out for their fusion of northern and southern elements within. 

“Shang Cheng Mei Hua Quan” which originated during the early part of Ching Dynasty is one such style.

Got to confess that I have never seen this system in action but heard it pointed out by many elders around here for their northern/southern amalgamation. 

My White Crane sihing told me about a Fuzhou equivalent of this system that was taught by some fishermen up in Sitiawan Perak in West Malaysia.

Maybe the next time I am in Penang, which is real soon, I’ll go visit Sitiawan and ask around. 

Perak is also the site where Por Suk’s late teacher Saam Chum is buried and we spoke of paying respect at his grave… 

Hey, there could be a plan after all.







Where do I begin?

May 19, 2009

Got some non-Mandarin speaking friends asking me after reading some of my blog entries; how different is “classical” and “modern” Mandarin?

Ooookay, can of worms being opened here ……

Where do I begin?

With numbers perhaps …..


Have fun    🙂

From one of my many books based on the topic of “Qin Na” or “Seizing and Taking”. 

Again, for those of you out there who are bent on the view that CKF ignores ground fighting, I think this book first published in the 30s, will give you another outlook. 

In fact, the later days’ Lee Ying Arn “Qin Na” book is based on this; almost technique by technique duplication.

And folks, this book, written in old style Mandarin, credits Shaolin and Wudang as the resources of these qin na skills. 

Here again, I understand how some of you are of the persuasion that Shaolin’s influence is overstated.

Geez, all these past Masters were wrong or lying …..

Including some Okinawa karate pioneers who said something like “Train diligently to enter the doors of Shaolin”. 

Maybe the whole thing is a “conspiracy” and now the Dan Browns of the “New Martial World Order” are rising to rebut old wisdom. 

Maybe, maybe …….

Or maybe I should just go catch “Angels & Demons” and remember that in Hollywood “pigs can fly”.

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