As the world headquarters of Chan Family Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu, the Sydney school regularly hosts special courses and seminars to focus on a specific aspect of the Choy Lee Fut system in detail. Some of these are open to the general public whilst others are for Chan Family instructors and masters from around the world.
Under the Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu system the traditional wooden dummies of Shaolin temple were preserved and promulgated through 5 successive generations of the Chan Family. The mastery of these wooden dummy systems was seen as one of the ultimate tests in the successful attainment of the fighting techniques taught by the Shaolin Monks. Successful completion of these dummies was traditionally required before one could leave the temple.
Chan Heung the founder of Choy Lee Fut received from his three teachers the knowledge and techniques of 18 wooden dummies. They were the venerable Choy Fook Sim Si - a Zen master who studied at both the Northern and Southern Shaolin Temples, Lee Yau Shan, a student of the Abbot of the Southern Shaolin Monastery - Ji Sin Sim See and his Uncle, who was a student of the Shoalin Monk Doc Kwai Juerng Jun- also known as “The Walking Stick Monk”.
Each dummy trains different skills and are divided into three training levels: Primary, Intermediate and Advanced. Each one is uniquely constructed with various movable parts that are dynamic and will counter strike back at the student with force and speed.
To find out about the next courses scheduled, including fees and timetables, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Below is a selection of the courses that run at the school:
The Ching Jong - "Balance Dummy" is a stationary dummy that conditions the studnent’s forearms, fists and shins. The Balance Dummy teaches the beginner the importance of Balanced long and mid range attacks and defenses.
The Sa Bow Jong - "Sand Bag Dummy" is a free moving dummy structure that conditions the student’s timing, reaction and stamina. The Sand Bag Dummy teaches the beginner the importance of reaction and timing in launching attacks and defense.
The Sarm Sing Jong – The “Three Immortals Dummy" conditions the student to execute with speed and subtleness attack and defense techniques. The Three Immortals Dummy has numerous moving parts that counter strikes every movement executed by the student. The faster the strikes the faster the dummy will hit back.
The Ma Jong – The “Horse Dummy” is a dynamic free moving dummy that weighs over 150 kg which charges at the student and conditions the ability to repel violent and powerful attacks. The Horse Dummy is tied to the student by elastic straps and has two dynamic wooden parts that replicate arms at its front with a further moving arm at it rear together with small pads that teach the student to use both force and evasion tactics to strike accurately at the opponent.
The Gwan Jong - The "Pole Dummy" is a stationary primary dummy that conditions the pupil's speed and accuracy in attack and defense with the pole or a spear. The Pole Dummy has numerous heavy moving parts that test that every strike from the pupil has hit its mark. The faster the pupil goes the faster the parts move and the more difficult it is to hit the small target back.
The Dou Jong - "Sword Dummy" is a stationary three post construction with moving parts. This dummy can be used to train the sword skills of either the Broadsword or the straight edge sword - Gim. Conditioning the pupil’s wrist power and subtle body movements to lash out with attacks and blocks. The Sword Dummy can be re arranged in accordance to the skill level of the pupils and the type of weapon chosen. Dou - Broadsword tends to train more slash and parry and the Gim straight sword more subtle strikes and blocks from wrist, elbow and stance work.
Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu system has preserved the traditional weapons of Chinese Kung Fu and today boosts to teach all the common weapons of both the North and South of China. Born in the rebellions of southern China Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu and its disciples wielded in battle all the weapons of the military and the common man. Over a hundred forms exist today that teach single, double and multiple weapons. This also included the US Calvary sword and the French Epee as the westerner invaded southern China and Choy Lee Fut disciples mastered and defeated them with their own weapons.
These courses cover the long weapons of Chinese Kung Fu and offer a chance to understand the many expressions of power, cunning and prowess of the Shoalin staff, Spear and the weapon of General Kwan - the Crescent Moon Halberd Knife.
These courses cover the short weapons of Chinese Kung Fu and offer a chance to understand the many expressions of speed, subtle power and prowess of the different battle broadswords, soft and hard straight swords and the Calvary sword and Epee.
These courses cover the soft weapons of Chinese Kung Fu and offer a chance to understand the many expressions of speed, subtle power and masked attacks to vital points of the 9 Section Chain Whip, 3 Section Wooden Staff and the scholars Fan.
Multiple Man Fist & Weapon Sets
Choy Lee fut kung Fu is a fighting system created in southern China during the times of the rebellions of southern China. At the time over 50 sets were devised to teach pupils to fight each other in pairs and up to 8 people at a time to sharpen their free fighting skills of hand to hand combat. Different pupils had different body types and the two man sets enabled a smaller faster pupil to combat against a strong more aggressive opponent by training these sets to appreciate the use of brute and/or subtle force.
Two Man Fist Sets include multiple free-hand defensive and offensive applications for beginners and intermediate, and the more advanced animal sets.
These courses introduce pupils into the use of common Chinese weapons against single and multiple attackers.