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Great Grandmaster, Quek Heng Choon

I was practising Nam Pak Shaolin Kung Fu from 1972 to 1975 at Quek Heng Choon Martial Arts Sport School (the center was situated behind Cathay cinema and Jalan Alor, Off Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur) and Grand master Quek was my teacher). I do remember the days when I accidentally displayed my Hung Gar Kung Fu while he was watching me practicing, and he told me to leave the center.

It was the past and I do like to share his memoir.

   

Quek Heng Choon was born in 1926 in Huian county in the Fujian province of China. At the age of 13, he met a wandering medicine seller named Liu Pingshan who was a master of the Taizu style and became his student for three years. 

In 1942, aged 16, his uncle asked him to join the army. He refused and left home to live in the Quanzhou Kaiyuan Temple. There, he studied martial arts under Monk Maoyue for 15 months learning Wuzu Quan Sanzhan Simen Quan 18 step Saozhuan Quan. 

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Mok Kwai Lan – The Mistress of Hung Gar.

Introduction

This post is the third entry in our series examining the lives of female Chinese martial artists.  While it is the case that the vast majority of hand combat practitioners in the 19th and 20th centuries were male, a certain number of women also adopted the art.  We started by looking at the life and historical reputation of Woman Ding Number Seven and her contributions to the creation of White Crane Kung Fu in Fujian province.  Not only did she make some critical technical contributions to the development of the local arts, but her memory served as an important touchstone for discussions of gender and hand combat throughout southern China.

Read more: Mok Kwai Lan – The Mistress of Hung Gar.

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