History of The Pak Mei Clan
The martial arts of the Pak Mei Clan originated from the Shaolin Buddish Monastery, Sung Shan, Henan Province, China, Buddish Monk Pak Mei, the eldest of the five elders of Shaolin in the Ching Dynasty was regarded as the first generation of the Pak Mei Clan, the Pak Mei Martial Arts were passed from Buddish Monk Pak Mei to Buddish Monk Kwong Wai who was regarded as the second generation, from Buddish Monk Kwong Wai to Buddish Monk Chuk Fai Wan who was regarded as the third generation, from Buddish Monk Chuk Fat Wan to great Grand Grand Master Cheung Lai Chuen who was regarded as belonging to the fourth generation and from Great Grand Grand Master Cheung Lai Chuen to his son Cheung Ping Lam who was regarded as belonging to the fifth generation. The first, second and third generations of the Pak Mei Clan were all Buddish Monks. The Pak Mei Martial Arts did not spread to the secular world until they had been passed to Great Grand Grand Master Cheung Lai Chuen.
The first person to spread wildly and brilliantly of the Pak Mei Martial Arts in the secular world was Great Grand Grand Master Cheung Lai Chuen who was born during the reign of Emperor Kwong Shui at the end of the Ching Dynasty in Weiyang District, Dong Jiang, Guangdong Province, China. He commenced to learn martial arts at the age about Thirteen years and learned three different styles of martial arts in the Dong Jiang area from three famous Kung Fu masters who were Master Shek, Master Lee Yee and Master Lam Ah Hop, the disciple of Buddish Monk Yuk Shing of the Wah Sou Buddish Monastery, Law Fau Shan, Guangdong Province, China. All the three famous Master praised him and indicated that he should establish his own gymnasium to teach students. As Great Grand Grand Master was still young at the time, he preferred not to teach martial arts but went to Guangzhou for good at about the age of nineteen years. In Guangzhou he accidentally got to know a Buddish Monk called Lin Sang and had the chance of having a friendly combat with Monk Lin Sang. Who then defeated him. Great Grand Grand Master humbly requested Monk Lin Sang to accept him as a disciple, but he was refused.
Later he learned from Monk Lin Sang that the martial arts used to defeat him had been passed to Monk Lin Sang by Buddish Monk Chuk Fat Wan and both Monks toured about in the Guangdong Province from the Sichuan Province and were then staying in the Kwong Hau Buddish Monastery, Guangzhou, Monk Lin Sang brought Great Grand Grand Master to the Monastery and introduced him to Monk Chuk Fat Wan who finally accepted Great Grand Grand Master as his disciple to learn the Pak Mei Martial Arts after having begged lengthily for it, thereafter Great Grand Grand Master followed Monk Chuk Fat Wan to tour about, learn and practice the Pak Mei Martial Arts. After two odd years of hard learning and practice and an account of Great Grand Grand Master’s talent in understanding martial arts, Great Grand Grand Master learned all the Pak Mei Martial Arts except the technique gravel shooting and obtained their vitalities. Then Monk Chuk Fat Wan and Monk Lin Sang returned to their Buddish Monastery in the Sichuan Province and Great Grand Grand Master returned to Weizhou to join his mother.
Thereafter Great Grand Grand Master joined the revolutionary team of Wong War Shun against the Ching Dynasty in Dong Jiang area and took part in the revolutionary battle in Wong Fat Kong of Guangzhou. The revolutionists were defeated heavily and most of them lost their lives, Great Grand Grand Master was fortunate for not being killed and he escaped from Gangzhou to his native place.
After the establishment of the Republic of China, in Jiang Men Town of the Sun Wui District, Great Grand Grand Master aided Detective Captain Lui Chan to confront a leader of the salt smugglers, Great Grand Grand Master fight with the leader who was highly proficient in Kung Fu, broke the Leader’s arm and arrested him for the Captain. As a result Great Grand Grand Master got his prestige in the Sun Wui District and started his teaching of martial art in Jiang Men Town. In Jiang Men Town Great Grand Grand Master accepted the challenge of Kung Fu Master Chan Sau who had defeated several Kung Fu masters in Jiang Men Town and won him, thus Great Grand Grand Master was further praised by the martial arts community there. Later Great Grand Grand Master tried to solve some problems for one of his students and was forced to involve in a fight confronting more than fifty bad characters, during the fight he knocked down several persons, it was heard that one of them had been punched by him with his phoenix eye fist at the throat and died of the injury. To avoid trouble Great Grand Grand Master was forced to leave Jiang Men Town for Guangzhou.
In Guangzhou Great Grand Grand Master set up his Kung Fu school to teach Pak Mei Martial Arts again at On Wide Lane, during which time Great Grand Grand Master defeated Kung Fu Master Tsang Wai Pok who had closed several Kung Fu schools in Guangzhou by overcoming the masters thereof. Great Grand Grand Master’s victory shocked the martial arts community there and gained his prestige in Guangzhou. A lot of students followed him to learn the Pak Mei Martial Arts causing the jealousy of some of the Kung Fu masters. Ultimately while Great Grand Grand Master was carrying his infant son and walking along a street, a group of seven to eight assassins tried to kill him with knives and guns. Great Grand Grand Master knocked down several of them and took one of them as his shield, it was fortunate that the policemen were accidentally nearby to give assistance and arrested those being knocked down. The incidence was widely reported by the newspapers in Guangzhou and honored Great Grand Grand Master with the title of “The Fierce Tiger of Tung Kong” which made him well know in Guangzhou.
Thereafter Great Grand Grand Master was employed by the Guangzhou Police Training School, the Yin Tong College and the Whampoa Military College one after the other as their martial arts training officer. During his employment in the Whampoa Military College he established a set of technique for fighting by using the rifle fixed with the knife and was responsible for training the famous by saber team apart from performing other duties. Many military officers also personally became his disciples in learning the Pak Mei Martial Arts, such as the Security Commander of the Guangdong Province, General Wai Chun Fook and Colonel Liu Chun Yat who died for China in the Nanking Battle against the Japanese army During the war against the Japanese Great Grand Grand Master was employed as the martial arts trainer of the guerilla band of Leung Kwai Ping in Dong Jiang area. After the war he was employed as the martial arts training officer of the Secret Agents Department in the Guangdong Province.
When Guangzhou was about to be liberated, for being a military officer of the Republic of China he brought with his three sons, Cheung Ping Sum, Cheung Ping Lam and Cheung Ping Fat to migrate to Hong Kong, then some of his disciples also came to Hong Kong. It was from that time onward the Pak Mei Martial Arts were formally brought to Hong Kong and starting to be spread in Hong Kong Great Grand Grand Master passed away in Hong Kong at the age of eighty odd years in 1964. During his time in Hong Kong he only taught about twenty odd disciples, but it has now been developed that members of the Pak Mei Clan can be found in many parts of the world and the Pak Mei Martial Arts may have been passed on to the ninth generation nowadays. Great Grand Grand Master combated with many Kung Fu masters during his lifetime and defeated all of them. Many of his opponents admired the Pak Mei Martial Arts after their failure and became his disciples such as Master Chan Sau and master Tsang Wai Pok aforesaid, and Great Grand Grand Master was very willing to pass the Pak Mei Martial Arts to them.
After the death of the Great Grand Grand Master, members of the fifth generation of the Pak Mei Clan held meetings and elected his son Cheung Ping Lam as the Head of the Pak Mei Clan. Master Cheung Ping Lam is the second son of the Great Grand Grand Master Cheung Lai Chuen. Great Grand Grand Master taught Master Cheung Ping Lam the Pak Mei Martial Arts since his childhood. Master firstly performed martial arts in the Whampoa Military College at the age of seven years and started to teach the Pak Mei Martial Arts at the age of eighteen years. Amongst the disciples and sons of the Great Grand Grand Master, his son Cheung Ping Lam is the one who spent the longest time to learn the Pak Mei Martial Arts from the Great Grand Grand Master and research the Pak Mei Martial Arts with the Great Grand Grand Master.
During the old age of the Great Grand Grand Master in Hong Kong, Master usually stayed by his side to make research of martial arts with him and taught for and on behalf of the Great Grand Grand Master some of his disciples the Pak Mei Martial Arts. Master has devoted all his lifetime to martial arts and obtained all the vitalities and importance of the Pak Mei Martial Arts. He has taken up the teaching of the Pak Mei Martial Arts as his life career and frequently teaches the members of the fifth and sixth generations of the Pak Mei Clan the Pak Mei Martial Arts for the purpose of promoting them to the higher level. Thus Master was elected as the Head of the Pak Mei Clan an account of his doings and prestige. He has selected to teach good quality disciples of a smaller number rather than bad quality students of a larger number and teaches his selected disciples of all known by him without reserve. In 1999 Master has attained the age of seventy-three years.
In order to show respect and gratefulness to Master Cheung Ping Lam, several of his disciples gathered a sum of money to purchase a landed property of about 1,300 square feet situated at Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong in 1986 for Master to have a permanent place of teaching and in February, 1988 they also established the Pak Mei Lai Chuen Martial Arts Association Limited. The members of the Association are the disciples of Master Cheung Ping Lam within the past fifteen years, each of them has decent job and is without undesirable background. Amongst them, there are accountant, lawyer, police superintendent, police chief inspector, civil servant, manufacturer, merchant, executive and artist, and Master Cheung Ping Lam is the permanent governor of the Association. At present there are only left surviving several members of the fifth generation and even the youngest one has attained the age of sixty-nine years.
葛肇煌、黃植山、吳 華、吳 耀、麥耀球、陳績常、夏漢雄、
郭熾昌、廖志翔、陳聯樞、李世強、吳大德、胡 祥、陳 佐、
鄧 養、鄧 東、顏 雄、李發陀、馮天就 等等
張公禮泉是白眉派的第四代宗師，他生於一八八二年 (清末) ， 終於一九六四年，享年八十三歲。張師一生從事於武學，曾拜四位武師學藝，最後拜竺法雲禪師學習白眉武術，並覺得此派功夫非同凡響，於是專心鍛鍊，以身為白 眉派傳人為榮。但對初學之三派師傅亦未敢忘恩，選其所傳之最好武術納入教材中，保留原有之招式，但身、手、腰、馬及發勁方面則以白眉的基本拳理加以適當的 改良。 故此白眉一派之拳術，有其正宗的「直步拳」、「九步推」、「十八摩橋」、「黐黏拳法」及「猛虎出林」，亦有李義師所傳之「三門拳」， 石師所傳的「十字扣打」、「地煞」及林亞俠師 (博羅縣羅浮山華首台玉成大師之傳人) 所傳的「鷹爪黏橋」。其後，張師更將各派之精要匯集，而創立一套「四門八卦」，使學者能融匯貫通。在實踐練習方面，更編成了一套對拆稱之為「脫跳拳法」使學者由淺入深。武器方面亦以同一宗旨，有白眉本派之「大陣棍」、「柳葉雙刀」、「回環雙枴」、「對拆棍」、「青龍劍」、「飛鳳雙刀」、「青龍偃月刀」、「軟鞭」及「方天戟」，亦有採用了源出於李家之「五行中欄棍」，東江火地的「三叉大扒」及石師的「仙花寶凳」。
清 末政府腐敗，各地革命黨人起義推翻滿清，宗師本著救國救民的心情亦參加了革命隊伍。革命成功後，在民國期間，曾協助政府將一名武功甚高之鹽梟打敗，而宗師 的名字在新會江門一帶響起來，而開始授徒。在新會一帶曾屢次打敗來挑戰的名教頭，後宗師因遭人妒忌，被殺手伏擊，結果被宗師擊敗。其後轉來廣州，當時經常 有人踢館，其中曾惠博來挑戰，結果被宗師所敗後也拜服於門下，當時武林中宗師已被冠以「廣東猛虎」之稱號。
Grand Master Ng Yiu
Grand Master Ng Yiu constant practice of martial arts, he enjoys excellent health. At the old age, his kung fu movements are still extremely brisk and powerful. In parallel to his superb mastery of Pak Mei kung fu, his martial ethic is equally well known. He is highly respected as an outstanding kung fu master in both the Pak Mei family and the general martial art circle in Hong Kong.
He came from Nan Hoi district of Kwong Tung Province. At the age 15, he learned kung fu from the Great Grand Grand Master Cheung Lai- Chuen. He was tall and of sturdy build. Great Grand Grand Master Cheung was deeply impressed by his loyalty and diligence in practicing. He gave him constant encouragement and extra coaching in Pak Mei kung fu. A few years later, he became Great Grand Grand Master Cheung’s distinguished disciple.
He was soon appointed by the Great Grand Grand Master Cheung’s to head the first branch of the Lai-Chuen kung fu association at Kwei-tong street, Canton and to teach in the military academy.
At that time, the Lai-chuen kung fu association of the Pak Mei school developed and expended rapidly. There were 18 branches altogether in Canton. Many other kung fu were also competing strongly for ground and reputation. One would find it extremely difficult to survive and establish if without genuinely high standard in martial arts. Yet. With his sheer mastery of Pak Mei kung fu, Grand Master Ng stood up to competition, understand. As a matter of fact, he was Great Grand Grand Master Cheung’s right hand man. Due to his achievement and establishment, he was highly respected and so able to act as a trouble-shooter within the kung fu circle.
Throughout his career, he has been put into numerous tough and real tests. To mention a few, the following were included.
In 1930 because of the political uncertainty, social order was very bad, the Long-beach area in Canton, in particular, Travellers commuters and shopkeepers nearby were harassed by the underworld based at the docks. It happened that one of Grand Master Ng students owned a shop in the area. He was no exception and had to inform Master Ng about the case. So, Master Ng went to negotiate with the gangsters. But, they were so unreasonable that they turned out to attack him. The one in the front chopped at him with big chopper. As soon as he had avoided the attack by retreating a step backward, he gave the attacker a lighting right side-kick at his waist. The force was so powerful that the thug tumbled and fell a few meters away.
Then another one came forward from the left. After the right side-kick, Grand Master Ng tilted his body slightly to balance and then made a similar side-kick on the left. Again, the attacker fell helplessly as he received the momentous impact. The rest fled. Social order improved consequently in the Long-beach area. After this incident, Grand Master Ng became famous in Canton. On the other hand, Pak Mei kung fu also became well known throughout the city. It happens that the chained directional side-kick are just some of Pak Mei powerful leg applications.
Two years later. The political scene was more settled, but, in Ho-Nam of Canton, underworld influence was still felt. Near the Hoi Tung Temple and Hung Fook district it was a mixed area. A group called “The Four Kings and General Hunt and General Hah” ran a vice racket there. Not only asking for protection money from the locals, they often beat up tourists visiting the beautiful holiday resort. For this reason, an amusement park owner had to employ reluctantly their fellow gangsters as gate-keepers
Hoping that harassments would then cease. However, this gave them a further boost in morale. Thing did not improve, but worsened. In the end, the owner had to turn to Grand Master Ng for help. The latter then went to the amusement park alone to settle the matter with the two tough guys. He was immediately surrounded by the gangsters as he stepped into the park. Their leaders came forward and grabbed Grand Master Ng’s arms while the other were about to attack. He realized that that to break through, he must apply the genuine techniques. So he first exerted a powerful and sudden inward pull. The two guys were drawn off their balance, falling forward. They were subsequently flung out by his forceful left-right lower outward blocks.
Having defeated the two leaders, he could then concentrate on the rest of the gangsters one by one and got away. The story of this fight once again spread fast throughout Canton.
The city fell into Japanese hands soon after LouKouchiao ( Loo Chow Bridge ) Incident, in 1938.
Grand Master Ng was assisting Great Grand Grand Master Cheung to train the soldiers in the military academy after having retreated. They taught charging techniques using rifles, and trained the “big chopper Squad” Both were found useful and efficient on the battlefield. Toward the end of the Sino-Japanese War. Grand Master Ng was appointed to work in the intelligence division of the Commando Squad.
He had won a few awards for his outstanding achievements. He had also practiced the traditional herbs treatments throughout the year.
The tragic war ended in 1945 after the Japanese surrendered. He returned to Canton and restarted his business. In his spare time, he helped the Great Grand Grand Master Cheung to develop the kung fu school. The latter was very proud of his remarkable achievements in martial art and had therefore made known that he was his most distinguished disciple. He always encouraged and reminded him to pursue the true spirit of chivalry and endurance.
In 1949, he followed the Great Grand Grand Master to Hong Kong. With his vast knowledge and experience in medical herbs, he set up his clinic to practice herbs treatments on the Kowloon side. As for the Great Grand Grand Master, he was invited by many village leaders from the new Territories to set up school to teach martial art. Again, Grand Master Ng was very active in assisting to develop and promote Pak Mei kung fu.
Three years later, a rather famous kung fu instructor also came to Hong Kong from Canton. He was agitated by someone with malicious intention to defame the Pak Mei school. He often claimed that if you wanted to become famous, all you had to do was to defeat the Pak Mei school. And, to defeat that school, you must first defeat nd GraMaster Ng. But, Great Grand Grand Master Cheung took all these slanders with a smile. However, they got worse and distasteful as they spread around. Grand Master Ng was infuriated. He had found out that instructor used to lunch in a particular restaurant in Shum Shui Po. Having found him there, Grand Master Ng questioned him about its truth and suggested a dual to determine superiority between themselves.
Yet. That instructor was scared of Grand Master Ng’s achievement in martial art and had to apologies. Grand Master Ng accepted it and so a fight was avoided. After the death of the Great Grand Grand Master, he became the leading veteran of the Pak Mei School.
A similar incident arose in 1954. At that time, he was responsible for the further developments of Pak Mei kung fu, which was already prospering in Hong Kong. Another kung fu teacher intended to achieve fame through the same trick. He got to know Grand Master Ng through a herbalist friend. He had learned kung fu from many different schools. Every evening, he discussed and practiced kung fu in a nearby Buddhist temple with his friends.
One day, Grand Master Ng was having luncheon with the instructor together. After lunch, they went to the herbalist clinic. That kung fu teacher began to boast of his kung fu skills intending to invite Grand Master Ng for a fight. It was natural to learn and improve in this way, providing all parties observed the true spirit of martial ethics. The teacher maintained he himself was very fast and could fling Grand Master Ng on to the ground easily. Grand Master Ng took a more cautious and defensive approach. He then set up a “blockade” with his two fists covering the middle part of the body while bending his waist slightly. Because of such obstruction, that instructor found it difficult and too late to change his tactic. In the meantime, Grand Master Ng stepped forward applying a frontal punch. It was a special punch which released force like a tensioned spring. It is a typical Pak Mei punch. The teacher tumbled and fell by the wall. The force was so violent that some framed picture on the wall also came down and shattered. The spectators on the spot were startled. It took him a long while to recover. He was deeply ashamed and had to concede the superiority of Pak Mei kung fu. It happened that Grand Master Ng was so broad-minded that he stooped the reporters from releasing this incident. This well explains why he has won the respect and established his position inside the kung fu circle in Hong Kong.
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Born in 1948
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Si Fu Simon Lui
Si Fu Simon Lui was born in 1957, Hong Kong, China. He was fascinated with the practice of martial arts from a very young age, but to his misfortune, his family was not entirely supportive of this practice because it was not “realistic”.
Since moving to Toronto, Canada in 1972, Si Fu Simon was finally able to pursue his life’s’ dream and started to devote his life to learning, and mastering, the various kinds Kung Fu that were available to him.
He was first under the tutelage of Master Wong Leung (黃梁), from whom he learned the Wing Chun ( 詠春) style. Within a few months, Si Fu Simon also learned the techniques of Hung (洪拳) style from Master Luk Can Wing (陸鏡榮). He spent an entire year mastering these two techniques, refining his posture to absolute perfection.
In 1974, Simon landed a job where he coincidentally found out that an elder co-worker, Master Lum Hung (林雄) was not only into the practice of Kung Fu, but was extremely good at it. After seven months of constant, daily persuasion, Master Lum Hung finally invited Simon to his home. Since that day, Master Lum Hung and Si Fu Simon Lui became teacher and student for the next 5 years.
Master Lum Hung instructed Si Fu Simon in Pak Mei (白眉) style. Si Fu Simon devoted himself into mastering this technique, spending 8 hours a day practicing, refining and perfecting it. Unfortunately, Si Fu Simon and Master Lum Hung needed to go their separate ways. Si Fu Simon traveled to New York, where he was privileged enough to meet another devout Kung Fu practitioner, Master Wong Kwok Wai (黃國威), from whom he learned the White Crane (喇嘛白鶴) style, and also the many different uses of Chinese herbal medicine. Within 4 years, Si Fu Simon completed his course in Chinese Medicine, and within the 2 years after that, completed his course in Chinese Herb Facial and other different Chinese herbal treatment systems. In 1982, Si Fu Simon started creating his own Dit Da treatments, using the various methods learned in the courses he took, and analyzing the particular need of the patient and creating a treatment customized for these singular cases.
A few years later, Si Fu Simon chanced to meet Master Lum Hung again, and they worked together for over 20 years. During this time, Si Fu Simon never slowed in his passion and continued to refine his Kung Fu and Chinese medicinal practices. He also took the opportunity to travel across many states in an attempt to expand the practice of Kung Fu. Today, Si Fu Simon has hundreds of students across Canada and the United States. He enjoys spreading his knowledge, and watching others become healthier, and better people, through his tutelage. Kung Fu is a form of exercise which takes dedication and teaches one discipline. It trains the body and mind as a whole. Si Fu Simon is proud to see some of his students well on their way to becoming their own master of Kung Fu. Still, to this day, he does not tire of involving himself, in every way possible, in the art of Kung Fu and Chinese herbology. His life’s dream and passion, is lived in him, through his students.
雷 龍 春 師 傅
師傅雷龍春先生出生於1957年, 香港, 中國. 他著迷的中國武術從一個非常年輕的年齡, 但他的不幸, 他的家庭並不完全支持這種做法, 因為它不是“現實”.
自從在1972年搬到加拿大多倫多, 師傅雷龍春先生終於能夠繼續他的人生的夢想, 並開始把自己的生活學習, 掌握在各種不同功夫都參加.
黃梁師傅是他第一個拜師的, 從他所學到的詠春 (詠春) 風格, 短短幾個月, 師傅雷龍春先生再拜會洪家陸鏡榮師傅, 他花了整整一年掌握這兩種技術, 精煉的姿態, 絕對完美.
1974年, 師傅雷龍春先生在工作時不約而同地發現, 一個老同事（林雄）工作時身手快捷, 他肯定同事一定董些國術, 經過 7個月的固定, 每日勸說, 同事（林雄）終於邀請到他家, 從那一天起, 林雄和師傅雷龍春先生成為教師和學生.
在林雄師傅的細心指導下, 師傅雷龍春先生掌握白眉派風格, 拳法, 兵器, 搏擊, 醒獅及武德, 師傅雷龍春投身到掌握這種技術, 花費 8個小時, 每天練習, 精煉和完善它.
不幸的是, 師傅雷龍春先生和他白眉派師傅林雄需要走各的路, 師傅雷龍春先生前往紐約, 在那裡他有幸足以滿足虔誠的結識一個中醫師, 王師傅國威（黃國威）, 他從他們那裡學習白鶴派（喇嘛白鶴）的風格, 也有許多不同的用途中草藥, 在4年來, 師傅雷龍春先生完成了他的中醫藥課程, 並在2年後, 完成了他的課程在中藥面部和其他不同中藥治療系統, 1982年, 師傅雷龍春生先開始創建自己的跌打治療, 使用各種在學習課程方式, 他和分析, 特別需要的病人, 創造個性化的治療, 這些奇異的案件.
幾年後, 師傅雷龍春先生再和他白眉師傅林雄再次見面, 和他一起工作了20多年, 在此期間, 師傅雷龍春先生從未放慢他的激情和不斷完善他的功夫和中國醫學療法, 他還藉此機會在很多國家旅行, 企圖擴大實踐的功夫, 今天, 師傅雷龍春先生有數以百計的學生在加拿大和美國, 他喜歡他的知識傳播, 觀看其他人活得更健康, 更好的人, 通過他的門下, 功夫是一種形式的運動, 因為這些需要奉獻, 教一門學科, 該列車的身體和心靈的整體, 師傅雷龍春先生很自豪地看到一些他的學生以及他們自己的方式成為國術教練, 然而, 這一天, 他不涉及自己的輪胎, 在每一個可能的方式下, 師傅雷龍春先生以發揚我國國術及發揚中國醫學於海外.