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Choy Lee Fut is a system of Kung Fu and Qigong which was developed by the founder Chan Heung nearly 200 years ago, and is one of the most widely practised kung fu styles inside and outside China today.
Choy Lee Fut is a style that got its beginning in the Shaolin Temples. Chan Heung, the founder of Choy Lee Fut, had three teachers, all of whom were taught the Shaolin Arts. Chan Heung combined the teachings of his three mentors into one effective system. As a matter of fact, the name Choy Lee Fut comes from Chan Heung wanting to honor his teachers and their roots. "Choy" for his teacher Choy Fook, "Lee" for his teacher Lee Yau Shan, and "Fut" meaning Buddha, for the Buddhist origins of Shaolin. It is important to note that Chan Heung used "Fut" instead of "Chan" in naming his system. "Chan" was for Chan Yeun Wu, Chan Hueng's uncle, and his first teacher. Remembering that Buddhism teaches one to remain humble at all times, Chan Heung did not want "Chan" in the name of his system, for fear that people would assume he named the art after himself, and not his uncle.
Sometimes referred to as "The Art of Southern Hands and Northern Feet," Choy Lee Fut combines the hand techniques well known in southern styles, and the foot techniques or kicks well known in northern styles. Choy Lee Fut is famous for its "Lively" footwork, awesome power, speed and circular movements. It is also an art that combines external power with internal will.
Choy Lee Fut is a complete system that has both external and internal forms, that combined, help a practitioner to become a better well rounded person - inside and out. The "external" forms are designed to develop and condition the bones, muscles, tendons, and because of the cardiovascular workout, also helps to increase stamina. They are fast and hard compared to their internal counterparts. The "internal" forms are designed to create a healthy body from within, by teaching proper breathing, enhancing the mind and body connection, and creating internal organ harmony. They are slower, and more fluid than their external counterparts.
The System of Choy Lee Fut has over 190 recorded forms that are divided into three different levels..."primary" or beginner, "secondary" or intermediate, and "tertiary" or advanced. The forms consist of the following categories;
* San Da/Fighting Techniques and Applications
* Fist forms...(both solo and two person)
* Weapon forms...(both solo and two person)
* Sand Bag (sometimes referred to as a punching/heavy bag) forms
* Wooden Dummy forms...(both hand and weapon training)
* Qi Gong forms
* Lion Dancing forms
* Traditional Chinese Medicine/Medical Theory
The forms are further divided into "external," "internal," "hard," "soft," "long," and "short."
The recorded forms, "Kuen Po's," are kept by the Chan Family in order to safe guard them for future reference by generations to come.
Photo of Kuen Po's (Fist Manuals) and Drawings
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