EAGLE CLAW KUNG FU
Eagle Claw Kung Fu (Chinese: 鷹爪派; Pinyin: yīng zhǎo pài) is a style of Chinese martial arts known for its gripping techniques, system of joint locks, takedowns, and pressure point strikes, which is representative of Chinese grappling known as Chin Na. The style is normally attributed to the famous patriotic Song Dynasty General Yue Fei (Ngok Fei). Popular legends states that he learned martial arts from a Shaolin Monk named Zhou Tong and later created Eagle Claw to help his armies combat the invading armies of the Jin Dynasty. It was passed down until the Ming Dynasty when the monk Lai Chin combined the style with another form of boxing called Fanzi. Thus, the style took on long range strikes and aerial jumps. During the Qing Dynasty, the military instructor Liu Shi Jun became known as the modern progenitor of Eagle Claw and taught many students. His student Liu Cheng You later taught Chen Zizheng who was invited to teach the style in the prestigious Chin Woo Athletic Assocaition during the Republic era. The style spread as Chin Woo opened sister schools in other provinces. Today, it is practiced around the world.
The story of Eagle Claw began in the Shaolin Temple and in Chinese military training, it became a family tradition passed on from parent to child for generations, and eventually shed its air of secrecy with the advent of public martial arts schools.
Yue Fei (Ngok Fei)
The creation of the Eagle Claw method is normally attributed to General Yue Fei (1103-1141) who lived at a time of conflict between the Southern Song Dynasty and the Jurchen tribes of the Jin Dynasty. Despite being literate, young Yue Fei chose the military path because there had never been any tradition of full-fledged Confucian civil service in his family history. However, the Yue family was much too poor to afford military lessons for their son, so the boy's maternal grandfather Yao Dewang hired Chen Guang to teach the eleven year old how to wield the Chinese spear. Then a local knight errant named Zhou Tong was brought in to continue Yue's military training in archery after he had quickly mastered the spear by the age of thirteen. Eagle Claw’s Grand Master Leung Shum states that Zhou was a full-fledged Shaolin monk who trained Yue Fei inside of the temple itself. Leung believes Zhou taught him "Elephant Style" which the general later expanded to create the "108 Locking Hands Techniques' or Ying Sao (Eagle Hand)."
Liu Shi Jun and Liu Cheng You (Lau Shing You)
Liu Shi Jun of Xiong County, Baoding City, He is considered the Sijo (founder/ancestor) of the yīng zhuǎ fān zi quán. He took up martial arts at an early age and studied under several exponents of Shaolin kungfu, Fanzi, and possibly Chuojiao and Liuhe boxing which were around at the time. Around middle age, he learned Yue Shi San Shou and Fanzi from Fa Cheng and Dao Ji. He later was appointed as the military arts instructor for one of the barracks in the capital city of Beijing. He taught the troops fist and spear skills. His most prominent students were Liu Cheng You (Lau Shing You), Liu Dekuan, Ji Zixiu, Xu Liu, Ji De, Li Zhengsheng (there were quite a few others). Liu Cheng You first learned martial arts from his uncle Liu Dekuan, who had been a student of Liu Shi Jun when stationed in Beijing. He continued his instruction under other prominent martial artist of the region such as "Dong Xianzhou (Ba Shan Fan) and Yang Jingshan nicknamed "flying Legs". He later received advanced training under Liu Shi Jun when he retired to his home village. Liu Chen You (Lau Shing You), turned out to be a very strict teacher and only accepted a few students. The more well known of those were Liu Qi Wen , Chen Zizheng, Zhang Zhan Wen and Liu Zhan Wu.
Chin Woo Athletic Association
The Chin Woo Athletic Association was founded by the famed martial artist Fawk Yuen Gop in Shanghai. Its purpose was the dissemination of not only Martial Arts but sports and other educational systems to the public. The Eagle Claw system remained relatively restricted to the Xiong County, Baoding City in Hebei until Chen Zizheng was invited to teach at the Chin Wu. After initial success with the first School in Shanghai, Chen went to his training brother Liu Qi Wen to offer his students careers as Martial Arts instructors in the Chin Woo Association. In time, Eagle Claw was being taught in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guandong, Futsan, Singapore, Malaysia etc.
Lau Fat Man and Ng Wai Nung
Chan Tzi Ching left the Hong Kong Ching Mo association to Lau Fat Man. Grand Master Shum’s teacher (our Sigong), Ng Wai Nung trained extensively under Lau Fat Man. During the Sino-Japanese war (1937-1945) the Hong Kung Ching Mo school was closed. Lau Fat Man spent the war teaching with Ng Wai Nung in Canton. Lau Fat Man went back to Hong Kung after the war and taught in the restaurant union for five years.
Ng Wai Nung went back and taught in the opera actors club and gave private lessons in Kung Fu and Tai Chi. He later opened a school in Tai Po Road in KowLoon, where he taught until his death in 1992.
Lau Fat Man also opened a school and taught privately till his death in the mid-1960s. His daughters Lilly and Ginni Lau are currently teaching in the US.
Grand Master Leung Shum
Grand Master Shum started studying martial arts at the age of eight with Ng Wai Nung, his godfather, who had a small school in Kowloon and who trained his godson in both kung fu and tai chi. Grand Master Shum practiced with his godfather until he was sixteen. When Ng Wai Nung was asked to teach Eagle Claw in Singapore for three years, Grand Master Shum and his training brother, Shum Man Lock, were put in charge of the school until his return. When Ng Wai Nung returned from Singapore, Shum Man Lock went to Canton. Grandmaster Shum then helped his teacher until leaving for the United States in 1971.
When Grand Master Shum came to this country he knew no one. To earn a living, he worked in a restaurant in Chinatown. Little by little, he widened his circle of friends and taught privately. In 1972 Master Wai Hong of the Tiger Claw system organized a tournament and invited Grand Master Shum to perform and act as a judge. Don Larkin, Grand Master Shum's first American student, was in the audience. He was so impressed with Grand Master Shum that he sought him out and asked Grand Master Shum to teach him. He took private lessons from Grand Master Shum for about one year, then in March 1974, helped Grand Master Shum open the first Eagle Claw school in America on 28th Street In New York City. It was the beginning of the school's thirty-six years. The Eagle Claw system taught by Grand Maste Shum has flourished and continues to be taught today. More information about Grand Master Leung Shum and the school can be found on yingjowpai.com
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