Grandmaster Tse’s Chun Yuen Dairies 俊元日記 6

During the Ming Dynasty (13 to 16 centuries), the Wōkòu 倭寇 Japanese Pirates - Dwaf Pirates, attacked the coast of China. General Yú Dà Yóu 俞大猷(1503-1579) and  Qī Jìguāng 戚繼光(1528-1588) were ordered to defeat them.

History and Name Part 6

To help with this Yú Dà Yóu and Qī Jìguāng recruited a lot of Chinese Kung Fu masters and even some Shaolin monks to fight the Wōkòu. Shàolín monks were recruited at least six times and eventually Qī Jìguāng defeated the Wōkòu.

Throughout its history, Shàolín Sì 少林寺 – Shàolín Temple has been respected by many Emperors and the Shàolín monks, on many occasions have helped the government. However, Shàolín Temple has also been attacked, burnt and the monks forced to leave the temple. Because of this, Shàolín Kung Fu 少林功夫 has spread out all of China and today, all over the world. There are many styles of Kung Fu that originally came from Shàolín Quán 少林拳, particularly in Guǎngdōng 廣東 – Canton where Hung Kuan洪拳 and Wing Chun 詠春 developed. There are also many other styles that relate to animals like the Tiger Style, Monkey Style, Crane Style etc. Some skill passed to the Beijing Opera and this is where my Sīgōng 師公 Wáng Píng 王平 was an opera performer. When he was older he taught a group of Beijing residents and this is where my Sifu, Wu Chun Yuen 武俊元 leant and became one of his students