The Tradition: ‘Dynamic Yoga’

The ‘Southern Shaolin WeiTo School of Chinese Boxing’ is the modern public face of what was inherently a closed school of traditional Chinese martial arts. The custodians of this tradition have all been, and continue to be, expert martial artists with an eye for excellence, a desire to learn and preserve traditional southern Chinese martial arts. The tradition has been interwoven with the southern Chinese monastic (Shaolin) path which has had a profound influence on how the tradition are manifest, how we generate power, and why we train.

Traditional Chinese martial arts are a thinking person’s art focused on the development of commitment, focus, intent, compassion, individuality, self reliance, selflessness, duty, honour and discrimination. You might have noticed that fighting has not yet been mentioned. This is because it is not the end but a means. As a means it is a beautiful journey in understanding yourself in physical terms and how you interact with others. In this tradition you will learn different fighting styles (see curriculum below), skills and to fight at different levels and directions, which requires self control, awareness of your opponent and the environment you are in. Finally you must be able to stand and fight without anger, or in an excited state but with a stillness of heart and calmness.

The art embodies a personal development process that promotes physical health and strength. It develops ones ability to manage internal and external conflict and should it be necessary physical conflict. The principles one engages with in this dynamic yoga, helps develop emotional, mental and physical balance in a relaxed state.

A traditional martial art is a hard, frustrating and difficult yet rewarding path. For each of us it is a personal path and we all have to fight our own demons such as laziness, fear, arrogance and ignorance. Those that teach are further along this path and they will help us along the way, but, it is for each individual to engage and walk the path.

Lai Ng Sam and Jeff Hasbrouck practicing

As you move through the syllabus you will engage with ever more dynamic principles that with practice and due care can lead you to further personal development.

Traditional martial arts are a development process that leads to and supports other areas of self expression and self development. Classically one would look at painting, calligraphy, poetry, astronomy, feng shui, different health systems and classical readings, in the modern world there are many other options, we all follow our own path.

Key areas of martial study

  • Tradition
  • Body conditioning
  • Pugilism
  • Chin Na (locks and holds)
  • Di Mak (vital point striking)
  • Grappling and down fighting
  • Integrated Chi Gong
  • Bridging (physical and psychological)
  • Strategy
  • Meditation

Below is listed the curriculum as taught and handed to Jeff Hasbrouck from his teacher Lai Ng Sam.

Fist Solo tradition

Hung Gar Kuen To (Hung Family Fist Set)

  • Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kuen (Taming the Tiger Fist)
  • Fu Hoc Seung Ying Kuen (Tiger Crane Fist)
  • Hung Ga Ng Ying Kuen (Hung Family Five Animals Fist)
  • Hung Ga Sap Ying Kuen (Hung Family Ten Animals Fist)
  • Siu Lam Ng Ying Kuen (Shaolin Five Animals Fist)
  • Siu Lam Sap Ying Kuen (Shaolin Ten Animals Fist)
  • Tit Sin Kuen (Iron Wire Fist)

Partner tradition

  • Fuk Fu Kuen Duei Lien
  • Fu Hoc Seung Ying Duei Lien

Weapon Solo tradition

Hung Ga Bing Hei

  • Hang Tzeh Paung Lien (Southern Monkey Stick)
  • Mui Fa Daan Do (Plum-Flower Sabre)
  • Mui Fa Cheung (Plum-Flower Spear)
  • Tzee Mo Do (Mother-Son swords)
  • Ng Long Pa Kwa Kwan (Fifth General Yang Pa Kwa Stick)
  • Yu Ga Dai Pah (Yu Family Tiger Fork)
  • Ching Lung Yien Yuuth Do (Green Dragon Crescent Moon Halberd)

Weapon Partner tradition

Gwan Hei Duei Chai Lui

  • Hang Tzeh Duei Lui (Southern Monkey Partner Stick)
  • Daan Do Duei Lui Hang Tzeh (Sabre against Monkey stick)
  • Kwan Duei Lui Tzee Mo Do (Pole against Butterfly Knives)
  • Fu Cha Duei Lui Tongpai Do Mo (Trident against Shield & Sabre)
  • Sam Chi Kwan Duei Lui Cheung (Three Sectional Stick against Spear)
  • Kwan Do Duei Lui Cheung (Halberd against Spear)

Lau Ga Kuen (Lau Family Fist)

  • Lau Ga Kuen 1 (First Form)
  • Lau Ga Kuen 2 (Second Form)

Kong Nam Siu Lam Kuen To (Shaolin tradition from South-East China)

  • Mui Fa Kuen (Plum-Flower Fist)
  • Haw Ying Kuen (Monkey Form Fist)
  • Kam Ying Kuen (Golden Eagle Fist)
  • Lung Ying Kuen (Dragon Form Fist)
  • Saph Fu Jow (Ten Pattern Tiger Claw)
  • Jeui Paath Shien Kuen (Eight Drunken Immortals Fist)

Sai Wik Siu Lam Kuen To (Shaolin tradition from China/Tibet)

  • Kam Kong Fook Moh Kuen (Diamond Taming Demon Fist)
  • Tong Long Bung Bo Kuen (Praying Mantis Crushing Step Fist)
  • Yaw Lung Paath Kwa Kuen (Swimming Dragon Eight Trigram Fist)

Siu Lam Wing Chun Kuen (Shaolin Wing Chun Fist)

  • Dhok Pei Hoang Lung Sau (Single Arm Conquer Dragon Hand)
  • Kam Szeh Tziehm Sie Sau (Golden Snake Coils Lion Hand)
  • Cheung Duen Kuen (Long Short Bridge Hand)

Kong Nam Fa Kuen (Southern Style Flower Boxing)

  • Yokh Luj Sahw Fa Kuen (Beautiful Maiden Embroids Flowers Fist)
  • Yuuth Luj Tziem Fa Kuen (The Maiden of Yue Gathers Flowers Fist)
  • Shien Luj Shaan Fa Kuen (Divine Maiden Scatters Flowers Fist)

Cheung Bing Hei (Long Weapons)

  • Lau Ga Kwan (Lau Family Eight Foot Stick)
  • Mui Fa Kwan (Plum-Flower Eight Foot Stick)
  • Daai Shing Kwan (Great Saint Stick)
  • Ting Shing Kwan (Listening to Sounds Stick)
  • Sim Tzeung Bo Yeh Gung (Zen Staff of Wisdom)
  • Sauw Tzi Kwan (Sweeping Stick)
  • Pa Kwa Cheung (Eight Diagram Spear)
  • Dat Mo Tzaan (Bodhidharma Spade)
  • Yuuth Nga Tzaan (Crescent Moon Spade/Monk’s Spade)
  • Szeh Mau (Snake Spear)
  • Choy Yeung Do (General Choy Halberd)
  • Tzaam Ma Do (Horse Chopping Sabre)

Duen Bing Hei (Short Weapons)

  • Mok Ga Ling Szeh Daan Pei Sau (Mok Family Enlightned Single Dagger)
  • Lam Tzong Bah Do (Executioners Sabre)
  • Mui Fa Giem (Plum-Flower Sword)
  • Foh Lung Cheung Kwan (Fire Dragon Palm Stick)
  • Kwoong Fong Sun Lui Kung Hsiao (Flute)

Seung Bing Hei (Two Part Weapons)

  • Mok Ga Ling Szeh Seung Pei Sau (Mok Family Enlightned Twin Daggers)
  • Tongpai Do Mo (Shield and Sabre Dance)
  • Fu Tau Seung Ngau (Double Hooking Swords)
  • Yath Yuuth Kiu Kwai Giem (Sun-Moon Heaven and Earth Swords)
  • Sauw Tzi Kwan (Sweeping Stick)
  • Mui Fa Seung Do (Plum Flower Swords)

Kej Moon Bing Hei (Special Weapons)

  • Kwoong Fong Sun Lui Sien (Wind and Thunder Fan)
  • Tieth Kwaai Lee (Cane 1)
  • Kwaai Yat (Cane 2)
  • Tieth San (Iron Umbrella)
  • Bo Kwan (Bench)