Shaolin Roots of Choy Li Fut Kung Fu
Choy Li Fut is the name of the kung fu system we teach at the Concord Kung Fu Academy. Known as Cai Li Fo in Mandarin, it is descended from the Shaolin temple and well known for its circular movements, Shaolin animal techniques, and a variety of traditional Chinese weapons.Choy Li Fut is a masterful blending of Northern Shaolin footwork and Southern Shaolin hand techniques making it an intricate and challenging martial art.
Choy Li Fut includes sweeps, takedowns, pressure point attacks, joint locks and grappling. It emphasizes the use of the combination of external strength with internal force. Choy Li Fut is regarded worldwide as one of the most challenging styles of kung fu, and is quickly becoming one of the most sought after to learn and study around the globe.
Choy Li Fut Kung Fu was named afrer the two Shaolin-trained teachers and the Shaolin monk the Founder of Choy Li Fut, Chan Heung, trained under. These were his uncle Chan Yuen Woo, who trained under 独杖禅师 Du Zhang Monk and taught the Fut (Buddha)-style Kung Fu, Li Yau San, who trained under 至善禅师 Zhi Shan Monk and is said to have developed the Li-style Kung Fu and the Shaolin monk, Choy Fook who studied under 觉远上人 Jue Yuan Monk, 一贯禅师 Yi Guan Monk, 李 叟 Li Sou, 白玉峰 Bai Yu Feng, and 蔡九仪 Cai Jiu Yi. Follow this link for more history of the Choy Li Fut system.
(Photo is of the original mural located in the Guanyin Hall, also named White Robe Hall, built in the late Qing Dynasty. It is located in the Song Mountain Shaolin Temple in Nothern China. The mural depicts scenes of the Shaolin monks in their martial arts practice.
Choy Li Fut also includes training with over 53 types
of traditional Chinese weapons, including short weapons, like the broadsword,
long weapons like the staff and spear, flexible weapons like the three
section staff and chain whip, and twin weapons like the butterfly knives
and the double hook swords.