Master Lam Kam Chuen has devoted his life to the classical arts of Chinese culture. He has brought these to the West, introducing Chinese health care to millions through his books, videos and TV appearances.
A living example of Chinese holistic culture, Master Lam is accomplished in the "Five Arts" studied by the advisers to the imperial court. The Five Arts - San, Yi, Ming, Bok and Shang -comprise the Taoist and Buddhist arts, systems for internal medicine and health exercise, Feng Shui, astrology and the interpretation ofthe 1 Ching.
Master Lam s life-long study has brought together many strands of China's martial arts heritage. These influences are reflected in his own style ofDa Cheng Chuan, presented in this book, and the methods he uses to teach Western students.
A summary of the martial arts studied by Master Lam, along with the lines of their teaching lineages, is shown opposite.
Master Lam began his formal martial arts instruction at the age of 11, training in Xing Yi under 80-year-old Master Fung in Hong Kong. He then studied the techniques that were handed down by the Shaolin Temple lineages under Master Leung Tse Cheung and Master Kim Sheung Mo. Both were disciples of Grand Master Ku Yue Chang, at that time the "King ofIron Palm" in China.
As a member ofthe Hong Kong Chinese Martial Arts Association, he went on to victory in tournaments in Hong Kong and Taiwan and in the Southeast Asia Open Tournament in Malaysia.
Above top: Shaolin Temple gateway. Middle left and right: Choy Lee Fut Master Tan San, Master Ku Yue Chang. Bottom left and right: Master Kim Sheung Mo, Master Leung Tse Cheung.
As part of his deep training in the martial arts, Master Lam learned the Old Sun Style of Tai Chi from Master Leung Tse Cheung, as well as Choy Lee Fut, Iron Palm and the use of the sword and spear. Fusing this early training with later studies in the internal art of Chi Kung, Master Lam Kam Chuen has since developed his own internationally recognized Tai Chi tradition: Lam Style Tai Chi Chuan.
Master Lam is a highly accomplished practitioner ofTraditional Chinese Medicine. having qualified at an early age as a herbalist and bone-setter, and establishing his own health clinic and martial arts school in Hong Kong
The turning point in Master Lam s career was his introduction to a Yi Chuan master, who had trained in the tradition ofGrand Master Wang Xiang Zhai. "By testing myselfagainst this master, I found that his system was far more powerful than anything I had learned already," Master Lam recalls. "After this I changed everything, using the forms I already knew but with a new power that gave my martial arts new life."
Master Lam s training also immersed him in the Taoist and Buddhist traditions. It was a Buddhist Master, Lau Sau Hong, who introduced him to the art of Wang Xiang Zhai and to a senior Chinese Vajrayana Buddhist teacher, Master Yun Hang, under whom
Master Lam undertook advanced Buddhist studies. While Master Yun Hang was alive, he transmitted to Master Lam a series of teachings which he had personally received from Tai Chi Master Yang Cheng Fu.
In 1975, Master Lam, newly married to another martial artist, Lam Kai Sin, came to the United Kingdom. He accepted an invitation to teach Taoist Arts at the Mary Ward Centre in London, and has remained in the United Kingdom ever since. Thanks to his efforts, Tai Chi was accepted as a legitimate subject for the adult education curriculum of the Inner London Education Authority, clearing the way for the teaching ofthis art to thousands of Londoners and others throughout the United Kingdom. He continues to teach, and is nurturing the art ofDa Cheng Chuan with a small number of experienced students and trainee teachers across Europe.
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