Hong-Gia La Phu
originally called Hong-Gia La Phu Son, means “the family of all
Taoists’ Kung Fu from the monastery at Laufaushan”.
Laufaushan is a mountain in the “New Territories” of China,
about fifteen miles NE of Kowloon and Hong Kong.
Although in Chinese the name is
very similar to Hung Gar, the Shaolin style, the characters are different,
and so is the style. Hong-Gia
can be traced back to the original Taoist calisthenics and great effort
has been gone through to ensure that the original keys, secrets, and
techniques were preserved and taught as they were in the monastery.
original exercises were believed to have developed into Wu Chi, the
progenitor of Tai Chi, Hsing-I, and Pa Kua. The current instructors strive to teach the same keys and
techniques as the originators, but have broken the style into several
areas of focus to help the student absorb the complex keys one part at a
time, building upon the rest. Each
of these areas of focus can be used by themselves as a complete self
defense system, to enhance other styles, or complete the entire training
areas of focus are: Wu Chi, to develop, store and move chi (life energy)
through Chi Kung, breathing, meditation, and body movement, for health,
power, and self defense; Hong-Gia Kung Fu to develop strength and a damage
resistant internal and external body (much like Iron Shirt) through Nei
Kung (tendon development exercises), body positioning, fighting
techniques, breathing, and thought patterns; Nga Mi (beautiful) eyebrow,
like Hong-Gia Kung Fu, but designed for women to take advantage of the
fact that they have strength in their hips, not their shoulders and to
utilize their lower center of gravity, accomplished through forms and
modified Nei Kung and Chi Kung; and Three Cranes, used to get students to
utilize their full power and efficient body movements in the shortest
possible time through Crane fighting techniques and Chi Kung.
is a true internal style. It
is neither a hard or soft style, but might be called “firm”. It is neither passive nor aggressive, but might be better
termed “blending with the opponent”. The whole focus of the style is
to get as much speed, power, and strength form as little body movement and
exertion as possible. The
idea is to let the body do the fighting while the conscious mind gathers
information and directs energy. The
advanced students learn healing techniques that can be used on themselves
or others; following the ancient precept that a Kung Fu student must be
able to fix anything they break, if possible.
students are lectured on the importance of all life and that this style
should be learned for personal strength, health, and bodily efficiency,
and not to hurt others. The
current Grand Master, Ly Hong Thai is not only known as one of the
greatest martial artists in the world, he is also known for helping and
supporting Asian communities in times of crisis and disaster.
The picture below is of the Great Grandmaster
Nam Hai Chan Nhan.
The picture below is of 2nd
Generation Grandmaster Ly Hong Thai. He was made current Grandmaster by the
former Grandmaster, his father 1st Generation Grandmaster Nam Hai Chan Nhan upon