What is Choy Li Fut Kung Fu? (Cai Li Fo, ChoyLiFut, Choy Lee Fut, Choy Lay Fut

Choy Li Fut Kung Fu is

1. A Shaolin Kung Fu Art: It is not true that all kung fu came from the Shaolin Temple as many in the outskirts of kung fu think all kung fu is from Shaolin. It is not so there are many family styles, etc. But ChoyLiFut is a Shaolin Descent Art of both North and South Temples. To me that is so rich because these monks had focus unlike others who had to raise a family and do work these monks just devoted their entire being to learning about themselves through Kung Fu. These they did seriously its documented it was developed for centuries. This to me is something clf has but this will be a very long topic and could even be a debate funny some monks I met cannot still conceive of a fighting monk. He he this is just my own beliefs from my study.
2. I consider ChoyLiFut a healing art. If taught in its entirety and from what I have seen my teachers do it is a healing art. From Master Ty who had people lined up to have their ailments healed in his kwoon. I saw him making a lot of medicines I even experienced it for a back injury I had in western weight lifting gym which Master Ty had to heal. After he taught us many lethal stuff his famous words were ” now that you know how to destroy man in many many ways, you should look into how to build up man in many ways more of your efforts should be there.” To Doc Fai Wong who in our very first meeting asked all of us who had ailments and he did acupuncture on all of us we all had healing from the hands of the Master.
3. A very comprehensive study of Human Nature,Character, emotions and body. I realized that in this system it is a body of knowledge of the human person, how it is molded, how bones are strengthened, how the mind is strengthened, how breathing is enhanced. how focus is developed, what are the natural reactions given this stimulus, how many pounds of force can destroy this ligament, this bone, etc. etc. Once you know this you will appreciate the way this body was made and compassion to its weakness also seen. Sifu always said ex. ” it only takes 7 pounds of force to destroy this bone, then he says remember you have the same bone too, you are as vulnerable, you must know you are as human as this lesson we study.” When you know ” Tao Lamang” human only “your compassion will grow, you will have patience to all sentient beings for indeed we can be so vulnerable” that brings you to the next realization that you need to strengthen your body and keep it healthy for indeed for it to be alive with all the germs, negative forces this world has it is a miracle to be alive. Most importantly it should make you understand yourself better.
4. Is a Journey to Find Yourself by way of lessons even in animals. I say this because this kind of kung fu has many animal styles of which many lessons in life are taught through them.
5. ChoyLiFut is a Martial Art: As a martial art, it is very comprehensive it has all in it (locks, strikes, weapons, to me everything you will need for the psychology and philosophy of fighting that you can use even if weapons change and develop over time. Even with the advent with nuclear bombs you will have answers very deep ones though. I can advice look into survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs only 8 people were unscathed and …. well you see if you go deep into faith the only way you become fearless is to have answers even to the afterlife. This is also part of kung fu specially on clf where meditation is really a part of it since it is the focus of Buddhism which is the main practice of Shaolin. First and foremost was a Buddhist temple

-Sifu Vince

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Cai Li Fo (Mandarin) or ChoyLiFut (Cantonese) Chinese: 蔡李佛 -Wikipedia

Cai Li Fo (Mandarin) or ChoyLiFut (Cantonese) (Chinese: 蔡李佛; pinyin: Cài Lǐ Fó; Cantonese Yale: Choi3 Lei5 Fat6; aka Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu) is a Chinese martial art founded in 1836 by Chan Heung (陳享).[1] ChoyLiFut was named to honor the Buddhist monk Choy Fook (蔡褔, Cai Fu) who taught him Choy Gar, and Li Yau-San (李友山) who taught him Li Gar, plus his uncle Chan Yuen-Wu (陳遠護), who taught him Fut Gar, and developed to honor the Buddha and the Shaolin roots of the system.[2]

The system combines the martial arts techniques from various Northern and Southern Chinese kung-fu systems;[3] the powerful arm and hand techniques from the Shaolin animal forms[4] from the South, combined with the extended, circular movements, twisting body, and agile footwork that characterizes Northern China’s martial arts. It is considered an external style, combining soft and hard techniques, as well as incorporating a wide range of weapons as part of its curriculum.[5] Choy Li Fut is an effective self-defense system,[6] particularly noted for defense against multiple attackers.[7] It contains a wide variety of techniques, including long and short range punches, kicks, sweeps and take downs, pressure point attacks, joint locks, and grappling.[8] According to Bruce Lee:[9]
“ChoyLiFut is the most effective system that I’ve seen for fighting more than one person. [It] is one of the most difficult styles to attack and defend against.

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[1.]^ a b c d Title: The Dynamic Fighting Art Descended from the Monks of the Shaolin Temple Choy Li Fut Kung Fu, Author: Doc-Fai Wong and Jane Hallander, Publisher: Unique Publications 1985., ISBN 0-86568-062-0, ISBN 978-0-86568-062-3.
[2.]^ a b Title: Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu: The Dynamic Art of Fighting, Author: Koon Hung Lee, Paperback: 190 pages, Publisher: Lee Koon-Hung Publishing (January 1, 1994), ISBN 962-7284-41-6, ISBN 978-962-7284-41-3.
[3.]^ Title: Chinese Gung Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self-Defense, Author: Bruce Lee, 125 pages, Publisher: Black Belt Communications; 4th edition (February 1, 2008), Language: English, ISBN 0-89750-112-8, ISBN 978-0-89750-112-5.
[4.]^ Title: Shaolin Five Animals Kung Fu, Author: Doc-Fai Wong and Jane Hallander, Paperback: 130 pages, Publisher: Unique Publications, Inc., 1988. ISBN 0-86568-080-9.
[5.]^ Title: Kungfu Basics (Tuttle Martial Arts Basics), Author: Paul Eng, Paperback: 192 pages, Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (July 15, 2004), Language: English, ISBN 0-8048-3494-6, ISBN 978-0-8048-3494-0.
[6.]^ Title: Befriend and Betray: Infiltrating the Hells Angels, Bandidos and Other Criminal Brotherhoods, Author: Alex Caine, Hardcover: 304 pages, Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (February 17, 2009), Language: English, ISBN 0-312-53719-0, ISBN 978-0-312-53719-7.
[7.]^ a b Title: The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu: The Secrets of Kung Fu for Self-Defense, Health, and Enlightenment, Author: Wong Kit Kiew, Tuttle Publishing (November 15, 2002), ISBN 0-8048-3439-3 ISBN 978-0-8048-3439-1.
[8.]^ Title: The Way of the Warrior: Martial Arts and Fighting Skills from Around the World, Author: Chris Crudell, Hardcover: 360 pages, Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (1 Oct 2008), Language: English, ISBN 1-4053-3095-3 ISBN 978-1-4053-3095-4.
[9.]^ Title: Bruce Lee – Between Wing Chun and Jeet Kune Do, Author: Jesse Glover, Publisher: Glover Publications, p.67 (January 1, 1976) ISBN 0-9602328-0-X ISBN 978-0-9602328-0-2.

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Where Does The Power Go?

by Grandmaster Doc-Fai Wong

In tai chi chuan we have what are called the Classics. These are writings, created through the ages, by respected tai chi masters of all tai chi styles. They describe principles that apply to all styles of the art.

One of these principles, described in the Classics, involves the theory of energy and power (jing in Chinese). It is written that, “Jing starts in the feet; moves with the legs; is directed by the waist into the arms and out through the hands.” But there the description stops. There’s no mention of how jing or power is emitted by the hands. Does it just drift out as if it were a magical entity and gather force as it cruises toward its target? Of course not; your power must be launched from your hands to have any effect on an opponent.

As described by the Tai Chi Classics, power starts in the feet by having both feet rooted, or firmly connected to the ground. You should not have the back foot raised off the ground in any manner. Instead, as you push forward into the forward foot, you also push back into the back foot, causing it to grip the ground as if it were attached to roots, like a tree.

Power moves forward or backward as your legs move your body. This way your entire body becomes the pushing force behind your tai chi technique, not just your arms and shoulders. This is the difference between those who only move their arms and the correct movement of the body connected to the arms.

The waist directs power. Rather than just moving an arm in the direction you want to strike or push, you turn your waist and your arms follow. By doing this you keep the natural alignment of the shoulder joint to the torso, multiplying your strength and force.

From the waist, your tai chi jing moves into your arms, which are held extended from the body in a natural pushing, grabbing or striking position. As the body and waist move, the arms react as if they were attached and unable to move separately from the body movement. This is referred to in tai chi as the waist carries the arms.

Power moves into the arms to be expressed by the hands. Herein lies one of the secrets to successful tai chi jing. The wrists move to send power or force out of the tai chi practitioner’s body and into the target. If done at fighting speed it becomes fa jing (explosive force). When done slowly in a tai chi form it appears as a gradual twisting or bending motion of the wrist. For instance, a strike with an open palm is done at fighting speed by quickly snapping the wrist back, then immediately relaxing both wrist and hand. This kind of fa jing motion characterizes the penetrating power of tai chi strikes into sensitive pressure points. The actual striking area it is the outer third of the palm and palm heel, created by turning the hand inward about 45 degrees. The snapping action of the wrist joint allows jing energy to be expelled from the tai chi, stylist’s hand.

Even joint locking or manipulation techniques require wrist action to increase the strength and force of the technique. While not done with the explosive force of fa jing, jointlocks still rely on the angle of attack made possible by moving the wrist downward or outward. For instance, Yang tai chi’s roll back technique gets its power from the downward pressing action of the tai chi stylist’s right wrist.

Every tai chi technique expresses power into the target through these sometimes-subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle wrist actions. It is the explanation of what happens to tai chi jing when it is time to leave the tai chi practitioner’s body and enter the opponent. Without these important wrist movements your tai chi techniques are no stronger than a breath of wind against someone’s body.

Doc-Fai Wong writes a bi-monthly column for Inside Kung-Fu