Choy Li Fut History

Choy Li Fut History

Choy Li Fut was founded in 1836 Great Grandmaster Chan Heung, a well known and highly skilled martial artist of that period. Although known as a Southern style, Choy Li Fut has its origins in both Northern and Southern China. Since the system's founder had two teachers, one from the South and one from the North, Chan Heung decided to combine the teachings of all three masters into one system. Thus, Choy Li Fut is one of the few Kung Fu styles that contains techniques from both Northern and Southern Chinese martial arts.

Chan Heung began his martial arts career at the age of seven when he went to live with his uncle, Yuen Woo. The uncle, who was a famous boxer from the legendary Shaolin temple, trained the young boy in the art of Shaolin Kung Fu. By the time Chan Heung was fifteen, he became so proficient at his martial arts he could defeat any challenger from nearby villages. By the time he reached his seventeenth year, the young man was ready to learn more. So, Yuen Woo took him to train with Li Yau-San, the uncle's senior classmate from the Shaolin temple. Chan Heung spent the next four years perfecting his art under Li Yau San's careful eye.

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