Another mainland production talking about WuZu 5 Ancestors.

I know opinions are split about history, lineage and even component styles that go in the making of this complex southern Fukien system but nonetheless, WuZu remains one of the most influential boxing systems.

What do you expect when you boost the compilation of the essence of 5 major systems?

The White Crane “inch power” mentioned is the way crane practictioners keep everything loose and relaxed until about an inch from the target then the abrupt focus – the “whip” commonly used to describe this execution.

Anyway, glad to see so many masters working together towards the preservation and promotion of WuZu.

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….

Another TaiZu Lohan Form.

October 28, 2008

Mainland TaiZu form – “Lohan Flipping River”.

Got to talk to Ah Teck about this, I don’t recall any Lohan form by this name.

In an old magazine, my late TaiZu Sigung, Quek Yong Hor, spoke about “5 Tigers Flipping River”. This form, however, was not passed down so ………

Anyway, typical mainland’s rendition – classy ….


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……

Tai Chor Sanchin form.

October 20, 2008

The “backbone” of Ah Teck’s San Cheen Do – the Sanchin/SamChien series.

This is the first of 3 Tai Chor (Grand Ancestor) Sanchin forms. Ah Teck refers to the 3 forms as “Tien Ti Ren” or “Heaven, Earth and Man” SanChin.

Now folks, if you contrast this form with the one that my White Crane Sifu did; you find that clip in the Sifu Li Wen Shi’s entry, you would think that you’re looking at the same thing.

In White Crane, that Sanchin form is known as “Tiger Crane Sanchin” – a Putien Whooping Crane standard.

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 ….


This is good !

September 27, 2008

Ooookay, what a new sensation, reading this blog with contributions from Russ and Mark ……

Will be on the road soon; some 2 weeks’ duration and I will be leaving this site in the good hands of these 2 gentlemen. I will be logging in to read though and if time permits, update from the road.

But with Singapore and Penang; all that food, shopping …… for MA stuffs I mean – what are you thinking 🙂

Tai Zu and San Cheen Do.

August 21, 2008

Our handed down history maintains that Southern Tai Chor is a derivative of Song Tai Zu’s Northern system.

Of course many theories abound about the source of Southern Tai Zu and there is no way of ascertaining which the real one is.

This much I do know; our Tai Zu consists of:-

  • Sanchin forms
  • 4 gates
  • Lohan

And a full-range of typical southern weapons training….

My personal take is that the Lohans characterize the “northern” root; the only forms in our repertoire that manifest the “one stance one technique” structure with bigger and more “flamboyant” postures and techniques.

The other forms revolve mainly around defending the 3 gates without exposing the rib cage – the “egg under elbow” typical Fukien fashion of execution found in systems like White Crane etc…

Ah Teck is very choosy about teaching his Lohan forms and so far, I have only seen him performed this couple of times in public.

A further verification of importance of Lohan; the logo he designed is based on a Lohan posture….

Talk to any CKF exponents from my generation and they’ll tell you that names like:-

  • Chong Beng Joo
  • Teo Choon Teck
  • Yeo Cheng Kiat
  • David Kee

were gigantic in the world of “breaking”.

Back then, they were all trying to outdo each other in terms of breaking feats; all in the name of friendly competition.

I’ve seen how they applied bone/flesh onto iron rods, solid red bricks, tiles and hardened urns in manners that defied logic.

But then again, I’ve also witnessed and experienced all the behind-the-scene training in San Cheen Do.

The old CKF saying “Ten years of hard work off- stage for 10 minutes glory on- stage”.

True true, how very true…..