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Wah Lum Kung Fu History      

After Wong Long initially developed the Praying Mantis style of Kung Fu, it began to spread very rapidly throughout the Shandong Province. Soon the original style branched off into several other types. One such branch was "Jut Sow", another was "Plum Flower".

Eventually, after several generations of practitioners, the praying mantis style was taught to Ching Yueng, who later became the abbot of the Wah Lum Temple. Where the practitioners of the Jut Sow style lived and trained. 

While Ching Yeung was the abbot a young student arrived at the temple and wanted to seek refuge. Permission was granted and this new student was taken inside and given a place to sleep. His name was

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Lee Kwan Shan.

Early in the morning as the monks were outside practicing their Praying Mantis techniques, this newest arrival began practicing his own unique style of Kung Fu known as "Tam Tui (seeking leg) Style." Soon, Lee Kwan Shan began questioning the other monks about this unique style and eventually they started to teach him their techniques.

After living at the temple for 10 years, Lee Kwan Shan decided to leave and travel throughout Shandong Province. He traveled to many places, working as a guard on a caravan.

Following his time as an escort, Lee Kwan Shan began to travel throughout China, and eventually stopped in Sha Cheng village, in Guangdong Province. Lee Kwan Shan liked this small village so much that he stayed for quite some time and began to teach his Kung Fu, which was a combination of the Tam Tui style and the Praying Mantis and he called "Wah Lum Kung Fu" out of respect for the temple. After he left, Lee Kwan Shan continued to stop by the village whenever he was in the area.

Eventually, Lee Kwan Shan decided to stop traveling and settle down. He was invited back to Sha Cheng by the residents and so this is where he decided to retire.

After Lee Kwan Shan arrived in Sha Cheng, one of the village elders brought their son to him and asked permission for him to be taught Kung Fu. Lee Kwan Shan accepted the young boy as his student and also decided that this would be his last disciple. So at the young age of six, Chan Pui, became a disciple.


Grandmaster Chan Pui

Following the death of his teacher, Chan Pui continued to learn from the other elders, who trained under Lee Kwan Shan. After a number of years he then decided to leave mainland China and headed for Hong Kong, where he continued his training.

Eventually, his travels brought him to the USA and upon his arrival; he decided to stay and began working in Boston. After a few years, he decided to begin teaching the Kung Fu, which he had learned.

Within a few years Master Chan decided to move to Florida and open a temple in honor of the place where his teacher had trained. So in November of 1980, the Wah Lum Temple of USA was officially opened.



The Wah Lum Kung Fu system is a traditional Chinese Kung Fu system specializing in the Jut Sow (wrestling hands) Praying Mantis and Tam Tui (seeking leg) styles.

The Praying Mantis style is based upon the locking, trapping, seizing and controlling movements of the Praying Mantis, in addition to the fast and agile footwork of the monkey. Furthermore, with the inclusion of the Tam Tui style, which is renowned for its strong multiple leg kicking techniques, these two styles make an incredibly effective upper and lower body fighting system. Utilizing both the close infighting techniques of the Praying Mantis and the strong leg techniques from the Tam Tui style.

Praying Mantis systems are known for their numerous fighting forms and with the addition of the Tam Tui system, the curriculum becomes even more varied and extensive.

These "forms" are much more than mere pre-arranged sets which the students learn in the class. As with all Traditional Chinese Kung Fu styles, each set includes a wide range of blocks, counters, evasive techniques and trapping movements. Each form is designed to help teach the students numerous ways of applying the various attacking and defending techniques within each form.

Oftentimes, for those who are not knowledgeable in the Traditional Chinese art of Kung Fu, these movements appear to be mere dance without any real purpose. On the contrary, they are proven effective fighting techniques, which have been refined and passed down throughout China for over 3,000 years. Today, this tradition is still honored, practiced and maintained throughout the entire Wah Lum system, through the traditional teaching techniques required by Grandmaster Chan Poi.