Special Thanks to the following Hakka Mantis Teachers, Brothers, & Friends
USA (Lam Sang) Kwongsai Jook Lum Temple Mantis
Late Louie Jack Man
Louie Sifu had no students, in 1978, but he had a home full of Mantis, training apparatus, lions, weapons, and dit da medicines. It took me 3 months to persuade him to teach.
Mark Gin Foon
Louie Sifu introduced me to Mark Foon and I made ceremony to Mark Sifu, in 1980. In 2018, he is coming on 91 and we still talk on the phone and he is going strong.
Wong Bak Lim
Wong Sifu was Lam Sang’s first Inner Gate disciple. In 1963, he opened an Association in NYC. I followed him, in the early 1990s and carry forward his Bamboo Temple Assn, Lam Sang 1st Generation.
Late Harry Sun
Sun Sifu was a 1st Generation Lam Sang Inner Gate disciple. He was one of my Chief Mentors. Under different circumstances he likely would have succeeded Lam Sang, as his successor.
Eng Sifu is a 1st Generation Lam Sang Inner Gate disciple, NYC. From the early 1990s, we remain close today and talk regularly. He has taught a handful of students and declined to teach more.
Hakka Chu Gar Mantis (Lao Sui)
Late Eugene Chen
Chen Sifu, circa 1988, was my first Chu Gar Sifu. He only took 3 Chu Gar disciples and I was his last. In the early 1990s, I introduced Chen and late Henry Poo Yee who exchanged hands. Gene had many Hakka Mantis teachers chief among them 2nd Generation Dong Yat Long.
Late Cheng Wan
Cheng Sifu asked me to make Chu Gar Ceremony, in 2002, and appointed me as Standing Chairman of the Hong Kong Chu Gar Martial Art Assn. He was a kungfu cultural icon, in Hong Kong and one generation removed from Lao Sui. His teacher was 2nd Generation Chu Kwong Hua.
Cheng Sifu is the son of the late Cheng Wan. He teaches a dedicated group Chu Gar and Unicorn Dance, in Sai Kong, Hong Kong. We remain brother-friends today and he is featured on my book, Chu Gar Gao. Cheng Chiu received training outside his father’s teaching.
Ma Jiu Hua
Ma Sifu is the son of Ma Ming Sen, who married Lao Sui’s adopted daughter. Ma Sifu’s family today still live in Lao Sui’s ancestral home. Ma Ming Sen was 2nd generation Lao Sui student, in Hong Hum.
Xie Tian Sheng
Xie Sifu is a friend and gentleman. He has a dedicated group of students, in Huizhou, the hometown of Lao Sui. Xie Sifu is a student of Ma Ming Sen, Lao Sui’s second generation disciple and family by marriage.
Chen Jian Ming
Chen Sifu and I opened the first public Chu Gar school, in Lao Sui’s hometown, Huizhou City, in 2013. Chen is the chief disciple and senior of Ma Ming Sen’s students. Ma was second generation disciple and family by marriage, to Lao Sui.
Chan Sifu is a disciple of 1st generation student of Lao Sui, Chu Kai Ming. Chan released the complete transmission of single man training, 1st Generation, in my book, Chu Gar Fist. Anthony is a Hakka kungfu aficionado.
Yang Tan Lu
Yang Sifu is a student of late Yang Shou, 1st Generation Disciple of Lao Sui, on the Hong Kong side. Yang Sifu is one of five who carried on the Yang Clan tradition of Lao Sui’s 1st Generation teachings. He is featured on the cover of my Chu Gar Skills book.
Yang Wei Sifu is a student of Yang Tan Lu. He is chief of the Dongguan Yang Clan of Chu Gar and Unicorn. His troupe performed the Unicorn at opening Ceremonies of our Chu Gar School, in Huizhou. He is featured in my Chu Gar Skills book.
China Kwongsai Jook Lum Temple Mantis
Wong Yu Hua
Wong Sifu carries the China Kwongsai tradition from his father, late Wong Yuk Kong. He and I have been friends since 1992. He spearheads Kwongsai Mantis and Unicorn Culture, in the China hometown areas of Hakka Mantis.
Lee Kwok Leung
Lee Sifu has been a cultural icon of Kwongsai Mantis, in the Hong Kong community. He is reaching his 90s now. He and I too have been friendly for more than 25 years to date. We have exchanged Mantis many times and he remains one of the last ‘old timers’.
Late Lok Wei Ping
Lok Sifu and his father were both students of Lao Sui’s Chu Gar and Wong Yuk Kong’s Kwongsai Mantis. Lok Sifu explained the pole and finer points of what not to play, in Hakka Mantis. He also was a long time herbalist and clinician.
Lai Wei Keung
Lai Sifu is still going strong, into his 90s. He was the first student of Wong Yuk Kong to open a Mantis School, in 1948. Today, he still leads a Clan of boxers and Unicorn dancers, in the hometown area of Hakka Mantis.
Wong Jing Ping
Wong Jing Ping’s School has remained more private than some. He is a student of Wong Tam Gong who trained Kwongsai Mantis under Lam Sang and Wong Yuk Kong’s teacher, Chung Yel Chong (Zhang Yaozong).
Late Yao Kam Fat
Yao Sifu’s openness to speak of the past and to share his boxing gave me insights on the early relationships between Chung Yel Chong’s and Wong Yuk Kong’s Kwongsai Mantis and Lao Sui’s 1st and 2nd Generation Chu Gar disciples. Yao Sifu was a Hakka Kungfu gentleman.
Wong Yao Hong
Wong Sifu is the son of Wong Yuk Kong, a successor of Kwongsai Mantis, in China. Yao Hong and I have long been friendly and he was once described as the naughty son who got 90% of his father’s kungfu teaching. He has taught abroad in UK and Australia.
There are others missing from this page, who too are appreciated. Thanks to those above whose images appear, on this Site, and for their brother-friendship. …RDH