The practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been an important part of the art of Kung Fu for many generations. It has been said that a master’s Kung Fu is only as good as his Dit Da (Traditional Orthopaedic or External Medicine). Not only is practicing medicine an important aspect of aiding students in the recovery from training-related injuries, it is also an integral part of the theory of Lohan Qigong therapeutic exercises. These skills were integral part of the training at the Shaolin Monastery and this forms the origin of the Dit Da medicine practiced in Chan family Choy Lee Fut.
In the Chan family Choy Lee Fut Kungfu and Shaolin Lohan Qigong lineage, the practice of Dit Da TCM has also been a strong family tradition, with skills passed down from teacher to family disciples through the generations. Our Founder Chan Heung operated a Chinese Medicine Clinic in his home village of Ging Mui which he called the “Wing Sing Tong” clinic.
Master Chen Yong Fa continues this tradition, being a qualified doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and specialising in Zheng Gu or Bone Setting, and working previously in hospitals in China and, since emigrating to Australia over 20 years ago, in his busy TCM clinic practice in the heart of Sydney’s Chinatown.
Master Chen Yong Fa has spent many years teaching his disciples these skills of massage, cupping, and moxibustion. His teachings in TCM also encompass Chinese Dietary Therapy and Herbal Medicine, as well as the interaction between the body and the environment (Feng Shui) according to the Chan Family tradition. These skills are taught as a part of the Lohan Qigong Instructors Course, the Wing Sing Tong and Hung Sing Gwoon Instructors Course, and in the near future will be offered to all students as a separate course which is currently under development by Master Chen Yong Fa.
True followers of the Choy Lee Fut tradition should seek to learn these skills if they are to follow in the footsteps of Chan Heung and master the ways of the Shaolin Arts.
Dr Craig Davenport