NOTE: Master Chen has become publicly known by the Mandarin pronunciation of his name, Chen Yong Fa, rather than the Cantonese, Chan Wing Faat, so the Mandarin is be used throughout for his name. All other names on the website are written in the Cantonese pronunciation by which they are more recognised.
Master Chen Yong Fa (5th generation) is the first-born son of Chan Wan Hon. From the time he was four years old, he followed his grandfather Chan Yiu Chi, who taught him Kung Fu and Qigong from 1954 to 1963. After Chan Yiu Chi’s passing, Master Chan Yong Fa was trained and taught the entire system of Choy Lee Fut by his father, Chan Wan Hon from 1963 to 1982.
In 1980, Howard Choy, a student of the Choy Lee Fut Master Li Yu Ling (4th generation disciple of Chan Yiu Chi), went to China in search of Chan Heung’s bloodline, the origin of Choy Lee Fut. There, he met Chan Wan Hon and studied under him for a period of time with the help of Chan Yong Fa. From this humble beginning, Howard was asked to bring Chan Yong Fa out to Australia to spread and expand the Choy Lee Fut system in every part of the world.
Master Chan Yong Fa arrived in Australia in 1983 with a medical degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, specialising in bone setting. All he brought was one gim (sword), Kung Fu training clothes and Chan Heung’s training manuals. With the help of his father’s Kung Fu brother, Master Li Yu Ling, and a handful of dedicated students, a Kung Fu school and medical clinic were built from the ruins of a burnt-out warehouse in Chinatown. Together with his first batch of students in Australia, Yuen Gum Fai, Choy Hung, Yun Ji, Mark Whelan, Thomas Yuen, Tommy Hung, Alan Seeto and Ken Chan, a new chapter was born.
In 1987, Chan Yong Fa was invited to give seminars in Spain, Poland, Portugal and Finland. Because he gives 100% when he teaches CLF Kung Fu and the Qigong system, his seminars were fully attended by many people from around the world. Through these seminars, he met and trained many practitioners who later became his Disciples.
In 1996, Chan Yong Fa started the Chan Family Choy Lee Fut Wing Sing Tong Office and laid the foundation for the Chan Family Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu and Lohan Qigong Systems. Then, in 2001, he organised a visit to Sun Wui for a group of more than 100 people from all over the world. The tour was known as Return to the Origin. The group went on to King Mui (the birthplace of Chan Heung) and trained at the Ancestral Hall, which has been restored.
At present, Master Chan Yong Fa leads the Chan Family Wing Sing Tong office and teaches Choy Lee Fut to its thousands of members worldwide.