Found a mainland CCTV clip uploaded to “youku” briefly describing the characteristics of 5 Ancestors Boxing.

Ah Teck (my TaiZu teacher) apprears at the end of the clip; this should make him happy …. 🙂

I doubt if he is even aware …..

Anyway, Ah Teck is trained in both TaiZu and Wuzu. 

Got it from the late WuZu GM. Lim Wee Cheok.

I think this is uploaded from Taiwan.

So Ah Teck is right – Taiwan is still a hotbed for most Fukien Boxing including TaiZu.

The excution is somewhat different from my TaiZu but no mistaking the single/double palm thrust and double wings thrust to the collarbone.

Same river, different streams…..

Another interesting clip from Taiwan talking about TaiZu or Grand Ancestor Boxing.

This is one line that has been kept tightly in one village/family and it’s only recently  that they are open  to the public.

In fact, this is exactly how it was in most part of SE Asia and even till this day, many styles are still kept within clans and family lines.

From the clip info :-

『拳頭村就是,我們的拳頭都不教給別村,只傳給我們村,別村要來學,我 們都不教,所以我們稱呼就是,二甲就是以前都稱呼為拳頭村。』


Video summary.

December 17, 2008

Ooookay, one more clip – sort of a video summary of Kung Fu in Singapore before I move on to other subjects.

Too bad that my video cam was not on me the day I visited Ah Teck … well next time….



Most of my students must have heard me talked about Ah Teck, my Tai Chor teacher, umpteen times.

The man that I am eternally indebted to as far as comprehension of Fukien fighting is concerned; to put it simply, Ah Teck loves to fight and he loves teaching his students the same ….period.

You can start any CMA discussions with him and I guarantee it, that in no time, it will get physical.

This is exactly what took place the day I visited him with Chad and Rich. We started talking, as usual about history and techniques, and then Ah Teck was all over both my students.

Punches to the throat here, wrist grabs there and some Tai Chor signature techniques later, he disclosed that he will be going for his knee operation the next day.

Ah Teck was having issues with his knee for sometimes now and he kept putting the surgery off. Even last year in Penang, his limp was obvious.

This is one man who rather lives with the awful pain than go under the knife and along the way, still training and teaching Tai Chor.

Well, kind of like when I broke my wrist in Colorado (teaching some kaokun or monkey kung fu) some years back. A little “jow” and wrap, I was back teaching the next day.

Stubborn? Maybe.

Maybe all CMA exponents are stubborn in that way……

Ah Teck will love this series of TaiZu forms posted on the mainland “56” site …. well, when I meet him next, I’ll burn him a disc….

This is a virtuoso Lohan form performance – crispy and demonstrating that flavor that screams “TaiZu”.

Remember during one very intense session with the late Shaolin Lohan Sifu, Sebastian Soh, we were comparing notes and he commented that “khim khar” or “seize and smash” in Fukien, is one of the signature concepts of Southern Lohan.

You see this at work all over the form…

Brillant, simply brilliant!

One of the 2-persons routine in San Cheen Do training syllabus.

Besides this, there are 3-steps prearranged sparring, 2-persons weapon routines etc..

In his time, Ah Teck was thought of as a “pioneer” by incorporating these methodologies into San Cheen Do.

Guess that’s why he renamed his system as “San Cheen Do” instead of Tai Chor……

San Cheen Do.

October 15, 2008

Like I explained in one of my earlier entries  – San Cheen Do , a hybrid style founded by Sifu Teo Choon Teck, is the amalgamation of :-

Tai Zu or Grand Ancestor – GM Quek Yong Hor’s lineage.

WuZu or 5 Ancestors – GM Lim Wee Cheok’s lineage

Karate & Muay Thai.

Tai Zu is the backbone but spread throughout the training curriculum, you’ll see in varying degrees, traces of the other styles.

Karate is exhibited in the beginner’s forms with emphasis on wide shifting stances like in ShotoKan.

The way we spar is akin to Muay Thai and the Sanchin series is taken out of Tai Zu.

Here’s a form that you would usually associate with WuZu – “20 fists” or “Di Chap Koon” in Fukien.

This form is one of the items presented by Ah Teck’s students during the Singapore show in the park ….


Tai Chor.

January 22, 2008

So it appears that some of you really love the clips from National Geo…

Therefore, I am posting one more snippet before moving on. 

And oh yes, btw, the title of the documentary is “The Art of Warriors”…..

What we got now is Nan TaiZu or Southern Grand Ancestor. 

Rightly narrated, this is one style that places very high priority on “breathing” or “chi”.

A major part of training is devoted to the many ways of breathing for therapeutic and martial applications.

Nowhere is the saying “Using chi to persuade power” more perceptible than Southern Tai Chor (name pronounced in Fukien) imho…

Along with Fukien White Crane, this style played a considerable role in the formulation and shaping of many other southern styles to follow.

I know this is controversial but if all the books I’ve read and this documentary is right, Nan TaiZu has, plausibly, the oldest recorded history amidst all the southern styles except maybe for Southern Shaolin.

Going all the way back to the Song Dynasty’s Chao Kuang Ying or otherwise known as the “Grand Ancestor” of Song, notice how the sifu in the clip starts the form without the 5 parts salute, believed by many to be added only after the sacking of Southern Shaolin.

Now let me see, what other styles I know salute this way?

Yang Jia Quan, Northern Luohan, Shaolin “Stone” Boxing,…. my point?

Mainly Northern styles.

I think Southern TaiZu has one of the most lacking of all historical documentations; I’ve heard so much from my TaiZu teacher, Teo Choon Teck and Penang’s TaiZu GM Ong Choon Seng…..most of the details having been transmitted only orally from one generation to the next.

Even the migratory path of TaiZu from mainland to SE Asia is filled with many colorful anecdotes. And the path is also quite off the beaten track, so to speak; from mainland, Thailand, Malaysia and then Singapore….

But when these far-flung families do meet up, like in Penang recently, they will address each other with “I arrived here on a red boat……”

“Red boat”???

 I thought only Hung Gar and Wing Chun folks like that color and mode of transportation?

Hahahaha ….  Actually the beginning of a poem that had close links to “Hung” or “Ang” or “Red” doors…..

If you catch my drift ….I am sailing, I am sailing….home again…faraway…..

Hmmmm, where is my Rod Steward CDs??? 

Apologies for the soundless clip – having problems converting this portion of the DVD. I will try again, using a different converting software and see how it goes and repost if ready.