CHOY LEE FUT KUNG FU
Choy Lee Fut is one of the most popular systems of Kung Fu in existence and famous for its wide range of training forms and methods. Chan Heung, the founder, spent 20 years putting together and perfecting all his abilities before summarizing them into a coherent system.
According to the Chen Family files, there are 148 forms registered (including 44 forms of the fist), divided into three levels: primary, secondary and tertiary; from the most basic form “ng lun ma” , to the most advanced such as Wu Chi and the intricate wood-mannequin techniques, such as the “da hai mun jong”.
Luohan Gong is part of the Choy Lee Fut training Curriculum but there is no need to learn the fighting forms to fully benefit and appreciate these internal forms of Energy work.
It is practically impossible for anyone to learn and remember all these forms, and it is not recommended either. The idea is not to specialize until one has full command of the basic techniques, and then choose the forms that seem most adequate for the temperament and body-type of a person, for later study.
In order to prevent this traditional knowledge from disappearing from one generation to the next, Chan Heung and his descendants have registered every one of these 148 forms in a “Kuen po” (fist working manual); a type of kung-fu recipe which assigns a name (and number), orientation, manual technique, body movement and foot work, as well as some applications. In the past, when a student was allowed to teach outside of his own school, a Kuen was given to him in writing by his own teacher, as a kind of certificate, and record of what had been conveyed.
Luohan Qigong can be practiced for the sake of health and self development.
For the serious Martial Artist, Luohan Gong represents the key to unlock the secret of advanced levels. At the primary level, we tend to work mainly with the physical aspects of kung-fu, positions, footwork, fist blows and strikes. The power comes mainly from muscles and bones. It is external and superficial. In order to progress to a higher level, we have to work with our bodies, our minds and our spirits as a whole. In other words, the “internal” aspects of kung-fu. We achieve this by working with the Chi, our intrinsic vital force, for this is where Luohan Qigong really shines.
In terms of forms, Luohan Kung is generally taught at a secondary level, Siu Luohan at the end and Da Luohan at the beginning of the advanced level. What happens with Wu Chi? Well, according to one of the meanings of this name (literally “without end”), it is an infinite search for perfection.