Chan Chi Ho

The story of one of Hong Kong's most famous Feng Shui masters continues...

Although Chan Chi Ho had to go to school and study, he did not give up studying with his great-uncle Chan Kung Po. Chan Kung Po was a very kind and gentle person, however with Chan Chi Ho he was very strict. He wanted Chan Chi Ho to recite many of the traditional Chinese 'Shu Suan' by heart. These were all written in the old style of Chinese writing which is very difficult for an adult to read, so Chan Chi Ho of course was unable to understand all of them. But his Great uncle would say, "They will all be good for you in the future". And today, Chan Chi Ho's skill of Shu Suan is very good, all because the hard teaching he was given in childhood built a very good foundation.

Time went by quickly and Chan Chi Ho was now able to read other Shu Suan books and other old Chinese literature, even though a lot of them were very difficult to understand. He was able to find many treasures in their pages and each time he discovered some new knowledge, he grew very excited. Eventually he became addicted to reading and found out that many things were already fated.

Chan Chi Ho applied his knowledge to his friends, classmates and neighbours. He found out their dates of birth and made his calculations with his favourite 'Zi Ping' skill. He made predictions and found out what had happened in the past, and he even found out what sort of people they were. When he told them what he had worked out, they were all very impressed. Many people heard part 2

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He spent his free time chasing the skills of the Old Dragon."

of his ability and started to ask for his predictions. Of course sometimes it was not quite right, but most of the time he impressed and surprised his friends, and he even surprised himself. So he said to himself, "I am going to spend my whole life researching Shu Suan".

His skill kept on developing, eventually he was able to just look at someone's date of birth and immediately could tell the person's nature, illnesses, parents, married life and business. The Tien Guan' and 'Di Zhi' gave information and conditions, just as if everyone was given a bar code when they were born. It seems everyone has got their route on life's journey. You cannot change it, particularly your family and your married life.

At the same time, Chan Chi Ho also developed his Feng Shui skills. Everywhere he went he would take his compass so he could tell the energy of each place and discover whether the situation for the people or business was good or bad. So each place was a shape of energy to him, not just a house or building.

He was also very interested in many other Chinese cultural skills, especially martial arts. At school one of his classmates knew Wing Chun Kuen. His father was a very well known Wing Chun master, and student of Yip Man's -Ho Luen. This started Chan Chi Ho on another Chinese skill, the martial arts. He progressed very well and even demonstrated at an open tournament in Singapore, where he won a prize.

He did not have the same interests as the other students at school as they enjoyed western sport and games. He spent his free time chasing the skills of the 'Old Dragon', and this was where he found a great deal of satisfaction. Eventually, Chan Chi Ho had to leave Hong Kong as his family sent him to study at university in Taiwan.

Since China was under the control of the Communists, much of the traditional Chinese culture was controlled and was even lost. However, many of the old masters had left China and gone to Hong Kong or Taiwan to keep and develop their knowledge. Fortunately most of the skills were kept up to date and so the Shu Suan in Taiwan was still developing very well.

Because of his already good level in Shu Suan, Chan Chi Ho grew interested in two high level skills, 'Tie Ban Shan Suan' (Abacus Calculation for Chinese Horoscopes) and 'Qi Men Dun Jia' (Special Position Prediction). These are said to be very secret and not many people know them.

Tie Ban Shan Suan is one of the highest levels of Chinese Horoscope prediction. With it you can tell when someone's parents were born, the sign (animal) of their wife or husband, their children and even the day they will 'go to heaven'. Many things happen in a person's life, and they can all be found out applying this method, because the calculations use the actual minute in your date of birth. However only a few people in the world know this skill.

Qi Men Dun Jia is another very rare system. It is able to tell you what is the best position for you and where your enemies are, where you can take the most energy from a position and even where to hide yourself. In the past this skill was controlled by the emperor of

China. When there was a lot of fighting and war, it was very useful to be able predict when someone was going to pass you, what they were going to do and what would happen to them. It is an incredible skill.

Anyway, these skills aroused the interest of Chan Chi Ho. Then one day he opened a magazine and discovered some information about them —

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Photo's: Top-left - Master Chan examines the Feng Shui of Hong Kong's Race course. Above - This design is not just decoration, it effects the building's Feng Shui.

Morality: The Soul of Wushu

Strange as it may sound martial arts or wushu are not just about fighting. There is a lot more to it than that. So what exactly is that?

In my talk with a German friend the other day about the philosophy of wushu, I mentioned the great German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz (1646 - 1716) who said that he had absorbed wisdom from China's eight-diagram theory in perfecting the binary system of numeration. My friend added enthusiastically that it was this German philosopher who proposed to invite Chinese to give lectures on Chinese philosophy of Nature. Indeed, Leibniz was the first European scholar to claim Chinese culture as of great value for European culture. In his preface to Recent Developments in China, he highly praised Chinese ethics, saying that nobody had ever believed in the existence of a nation whose ethics and ways of life could be more perfect than the Germans' and that he had awakened to China in the East. Leibniz said all this three hundred years ago, when China was under the yoke of feudalism and her ethics was bound to have a strong feudalist flavour. Nonetheless, there

Under the influence of traditional Chinese ethics, wushu has dev eloped a philosophy of its own on the issue of morality, as may be seen from many watchwords, such as "Wushu mirrors morality"; "A wushu master is first valued for his moral character, not for his physical power"; and "Morality goes before pugilism". Instead of being discarded as feudalist rubbish, the moral principles underlying these sayings should be observed and developed by wushu people of all times.

Today, when wushu is spreading far and wide in the world and facing a bright future, we should do our best to di.sseminate not only its techniques, but also its moral ideas, so that all its followers outside China will familiarise themselves with its ethics and temper themselves into men of the cleanest integrity. It is satisfying to note that the importance of the moral aspect of wushu has been brought home to many practitioners abroad. As pointed out by an American wushu master during his visit to China not long ago, "Many Ameri-

'One who sets great store by the moral code of wushu is fully aware that its true aim is not to harm others.

could be found, in the relations among the common folk, some simple social customs and moral principles which have earmarked China's cultural heritages and are still upheld as noble virtues today. And in die morality observed by wushu artists down through the ages lies the very soul of wushu as a component part of Chinese culture.

cans know about Chinese kungfu. Now we're here in China to seek its roots. We're appreciative of the morality of wushu." His words have revealed the truth that morality is the soul of wushu, the fountainhead of all its spiritual force and technical perfection.

One who sets great store by the moral code of wushu is fully aware that its true aim is not to beat and harm others, but to improve his health, to defend himself, to become a noble character. It has nothing to do with the evil practice of fighting in the street, bullying and h<x)liganism. On the contrary, a real wushu master, knows how to behave himself and how to handle human relations properly - between individual and individual, between individual and community, and between community and community. That's why the wushu community advocates reverence for the master, care for the disciple, respect for the opponent, brotherhcxxl among different branches and schools and friendship through competition. It is worth particular mentioning that morality is not confined to training, teaching, competition and demonstration, but extended to one's conduct, personality and way of life. In ancient China, each wushu school had its own strict behests laid down in conformity with the social ethics at the time, such as the "ten commandments" for the Shaolin Sch(x>l and the White-Crane Boxing of Yongchun School. Sun Lutang (1861 -1933), founder of the Sun-style taijiquan, often told his pupils that a wushu master must have not only two "virtuous hands," but also a "virtuous tongue," which means that he must always be modest and never speak evil of others behind their back. Only by setting up a high moral standard in his relations with fellow beings and acting accordingly can one reach perfection in the mastery of martial artSg by Xu Cai (Translated by Wang San)

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4 Turning the Head and Twisting the Tail

Wing Chun Guard Stand

i. Stand naturally and relax the whole body.

ii. Lean to the left whilst raising your right arm and bending your right leg. Keep your left leg straight but relaxed.

iii. Do the same for the opposite side. Lean to the right, raise your left arm and bend your left leg. Breathe in on either side, but breathe out on the opposite side.

This is good for the kidneys and helps you loose weight.

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This exercise is good for the back and kidneys. If you are tired or have backache then this is a good exercise to do. Afterwards your back should feel relaxed and warm.

Stand naturally and relax the whole body.

Put your hands on your back, over your kidneys (as if you are holding them).

Keeping you legs straight, rotate your waist in a clockwise direction ten times, and breathe naturally. Rotate your waist ten times in the other direction, i.e. anticlockwise.

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Qigong Hand Exercises

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Stand naturally and relax the whole body. Lean to the left, bend your right leg and relax the left leg.

Raise your right arm and with the right Laogong (at the centre of your right palm) touch the Yamen point on the neck. At the same time bring the left hand to the back, so the left Hegue point touches the Mingmen point on your back. Repeat for the other side. Breathing should be natural, breathe in on one side and breathe out on the other.

This movement stimulates the Du Channel which connects the whole spine. The Laogong point transmits the energy to the Yamen point on the neck. The exercise can cure backache and straighten the spine making the body more upright.

Lok Yiu Exercise

?r been lucky enough to meet Grandmaster Yip Chun you are sure to have v, happy and relaxed he is. It's as though he does not have a care in the pie of how a martial art, when done correctly^ improves ancl prolongs life.

Most people when they are seventy years old have already retired. Most of the time they stay at home, get into a daily routine and are not very active. Perhaps this is because many of them are not in the best of health. They are not as energetic as younger people and so need to take it easy.

Grandmaster Yip Chun is seventy, and he is one of the exceptions. His attitude and movements are like a younger person's, he has a healthy shiny face, walks very quickly, is quick minded and has very quick reactions. Each year he travels from one side of the world to the other giving seminars and teaching. All this is because of his Wing Chun Kuen training. He is the eldest son of Yip Man, who everybody knows taught Bruce Lee.

Yip Chun was bom in Foshan, Canton, China. At the time China was in a state of chaos. The land was controlled by many different War Lords following the overthrow of the Qing dynasty. Also, Japan had begun its invasion of China and many different provinces and places suffered from the effects of war and from starvation. One day one group of people ruled, the next another group ruled. The Chinese people leamt how to change their attitudes and welcome each new government. But still the enemy was Japan. However, the area of Foshan remained quite stable and did not suffer from the effects of war. Here daily life and customs went on as normal.

In Foshan, Yip Chun's father was very rich. He had his own house and fields, and many people worked for him. The government belonged to Kuomintang, and some of the officials were corrupt and under the influence of the Japanese. As a result, many of the people did not want to work for them, and Yip Man was the Chief Detective in the Foshan police force. But after the Japanese took over Canton, he left his job. As his family was rich.

he did not have to work, so he remained at home and enjoyed his life.

Yip Man was very well known. Everyone in Foshan knew he had inherited Wing Chun Kuen from the famous teacher, master Chan Wah Shun. Master Chan had used the Yip Family's backyard to teach, and so Yip Man had had the best opportunity to study with him. Wing Chun was renowned as a very effective close range martial art, but it was a very secret technique, not open to the public. Its powerful strikes were so fast, opponents often landed on the ground not knowing what had hit them. Also since Wing Chun had developed in the Foshan area the local people were very proud of it.

However, Yip Man was only twelve years old when he leamt his Wing Chun, and he was too young to understand such an intricate skill. It was only when he was seventeen, when he went to study at Saint Stephen's College in Hong Kong that he completed his Wing Chun. Here he met his Wing Chun Uncle -Leung Bik, the son of Leung Jan. Leung Jan was the teacher of Master Chan Wah Shun. Whilst studying with Leung Bik, Yip Man completed his knowledge and fully understood the philosophy and principles of Wing Chun Kuen. He realised he did not have to use much energy, not like other martial arts where you needed to be strong to develop.

When he returned to Foshan, his skill was a very high standard. His Wing Chun brother, Ng Chun So was very happy for him, and it also gave him an opportunity to find out more about the principles of Wing Chun Kuen. Later, one of Chiu Chou's students, Pan Nan, asked Yip Man to correct his Sui Lim Tao (Wing Chun's first form) as well. Yip Man's Wing Chun Kuen became very famous in Foshan, especially after a confrontation were Yip Man helped some people with a local gang of thugs. Many rich people came to him and asked him to teach them, but Yip Man always

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Above - An impromptu demonstration in the open air.

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Above - Grandmaster Yip Chun sticking hands with a very big opponent.

Above - Grandmaster Yip Chun sticking hands with a very refused. He still did not have to work, and he knew if he taught it would affect his Wing Chun brothers who had to teach to make a living, so he continued to enjoy his lifestyle.

After marrying, Yip Man had two sons: one named Chun and another named Ching. They began to leam Wing Chun from their father when they were very small. However the Communists then took over China, and began to persecute any rich people, so Yip Man left China and went to live in Hong Kong. However, his two sons stayed behind to finish their schooling. In Hong Kong, Yip Man began to teach to make a living. He taught many gcxxl students and Wing Chun Kuen became one of the most popular forms of Chinese Kung Fu. His students included Lok Yiu, Wong Shun Leung, Tsu Shun Tin, Leung Shun and Bruce Lee.

His eldest son, Yip Chun was very-fond of Chinese culture. He chose to study Chinese history and traditional Chinese music. He read many books and did a lot of research on Chinese philosophy. His favourites were Chinese poetry and Buddhism. When he finished his studies, he chose teaching as a profession. He taught Chinese history, music and even science. During his leisure time he helped the Chinese Foshan Entertainment Department organise Chinese operas. He was even chosen as the recipient of the award The person with most potential in Chinese art' for music research. Unfortunately, the enter big opponent.

tainment system under the Communists was very left wing and people had to follow the government's directions and they had to study-communism. At that time, MaoTze Tung had initiated many campaigns, such as: Training Metal', telling the population to pull up all the grass because he did not like it, and another time he decided sparrows were bad' and the population followed him in killing most of them.

All these crazy campaigns damaged the balance of Chinese culture and original Chinese system of living. It was at this time Yip Chun was criticized. He was sent to a farm and forced to become a farmer and give up his interests and studies. Yip Chun found his studies and skill were of no use under this regime, so in 1962 he left for Hong Kong with his brother Yip Ching. The Chinese government were quiet easy on people who wanted to go to Hong Kong, since Mao believed the Chinese Communist System was the best system in the whole

Above - An impromptu demonstration in the open air.

world and would make China stronger than all the Western countries, so anyone who wished to leave could go. Thousands and thousands of people left China, in Canton the local government even introduced an unofficial period for people to leave. During the whole journey, Yip Chun and Yip Ching had no difficulty in getting to Hong Kong, they were even directed on their way by the Chinese Revolutionary Guard!

On arriving in Hong Kong the two brothers went to live with their father, Yip Man. Yip Chun began a job as an accountant and newspaper reporter. With his excellent writing he was able to make a living and make use of Chinese literary skills. At the same time, both brothers were happy to continue with their Wing Chun Kuen studies. In the past whenever a family had a skill, the father would want his sons to keep it going and the skill would be handed down from generation to generation.

During the day Yip Chun went to work, and at night he continued with his manial arts training. He picked up the skill very quickly, even though he was now thirty, and had stopped for such a long time. It was probably in his genes as he picked up the skill quicker than many of the other students. He found his father had begun to change some of the exercices and movements to make it easier to study and more effective. He gave up all the complex terms that talked about yin and yang, five elements, and Bagua. In fact, he gave up all the old traditional Chinese names, manial art poems and phrases and adopted the use

Leung Jan

Leung Chun Leung Bik Chan Wah (son) (son) Shun

Lan Man Ket

Wing Chun Family Tree

Leung Chun Leung Bik Chan Wah (son) (son) Shun

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Leung Sheung

Yip Chun (eldest son)

Wong Shun Leung

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Felix Leung

Shaun Rawcliffe

Yin Choi

Yiu Kee

Leung Kwong Moon

Chan Wah Shun

Ng Chun So

Yuen Kee Shan

Shun Lan

Wing Chun in Foshan

Chiu Chou

Pan Nam of western physics and mathematics so that modem people could understand the skill. He concentrated more on Sticking Hands, and so Wing Chun Kuen training became more interesting. He gave up much of the traditional training, such as only teaching the basic stance for the first three years. So many beginners, after only three months training could start to defend themselves, and then later after they had been taught the principles and philosophy, the students could pick up and develop their skills more quickly.

In 1972 Yip Man died. Yip Chun carried on his father's teaching. He kept the skill he inherited pure, and whilst he saw many of his Wing Chun brothers change what they had learned, he did not. He just continued and followed the same principles. Eventually he found that his Wing Chun Kuen training was very good for his health and he did not have to practise any other martial art. When he performed his Sui Lim Tao, he found doing it properly, he could feel warm Qi flowing very strongly through his body, making the channels smooth and getting rid of any pain, and slowly he developed a very accurate skill and power. During Sticking Hands he trained his sensitivity, techniques and footwork and could understand the principles more clearly, especially the principle of the centre line.

Another thing he discovered was that when doing Sticking Hands he could tell what his partner's nature was, and what illnesses they had. This was new, and his father had never mentioned it. If someone is aggressive, only concentrating on fighting and using too much energy, then their liver and heart might have a problem. If someone is too weak and nervous, with low energy, not knowing how to defend themselves, and always mistiming their movements, then they might have a problem with their kidneys and lungs.

However, he could see their health and nature change as they practised Wing Chun Kuen. When you train Wing Chun Kuen you have no time to think, so you must only rely on your sensitivity. In this situation then your mind will become quiet and relaxed thus allowing your mind and body to balance. A good Wing Chun practitioner should have a very calm mind and healthy body because the training develops these attributes. So Yip Chun realised that if a Wing Chun master did not have a calm mind and healthy body, then he might not be doing Wing Chun Kuen correctly.

Wing Chun Kuen training must cover both.

This is a great treasure of Chinese skill. Master Yip Chun will keep teaching as long as he can as he wants more people to benefit from this skill j by Michael Tse Qi Magazine 19

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