Woo History | 10 Forms of Chin Woo |
Huo Yan Jia (founder of Chin Woo, 1867 - 1909) was the fourth child
in the family of 10 brothers and sisters. During his childhood,
he frequently became ill and, as a result, was often taken advantage
of by the other children in his province. Ironically, Master Huos
father, who was teaching kungfu, refused to teach his son the martial
art. Therefore the young Huo was forced to hide behind bushes and
watch as his father taught other students in the courtyard. Master
Huo practiced on his own for the next 10 years. His parents never
discovered this until he began to fight with his peers and defeat
them. Later, his father officially accepted him and taught his younger
son all that he knew. One day, he fought with a foreigner and immediately
gained fame. It was during this time that many foreigners were in
China, and some referred to the Chinese as the Sick Men of
Asia. To keep the Chinese image, Master Huo decided to organize
the Chin Woo School to allow all Chinese the opportunity to learn
Chinese kungfu and strengthen themselves in order to defend the
country. In 1909, a European wrestler was sent to Shanghai to challenge
any Chinese that would accept. News quickly spread all over Shanghai.
Later, some Chinese people invited Master Huo to Shanghai to accept
the challenge. He seized the opportunity and emerged victorious.
This incident further escalated Master Huos reputation.
word of his victory further spread, so did the Chin Woo spirit.
Unfortunately, in August 1909, Master Huo died, but on March 3,
1910, Mr. Chen Gong Zhe, Mr. Yao Chan Bo and Mr. Lu Wei Chang reopened
the Chin Woo school. After Master Huo Yan Jia passed away, his younger
brother, Mr. Huo Yuan Siang, and his son, Mr. Huo Tong Ker, continued
to teach at the Chin Woo Association. Later, many famous martial-arts
masters were invited to teach in Chin Woo. Even though they came
from different schools, they all followed Chin Woo regulations.
Thus Chin Woo became a famous and popular martial-arts association
in Shanghai. Chin Woo sponsored most of the martial-arts tournaments.
However, in 1966, Shanghai Chin Woo was forced to discontinue their
martial-arts activities due to communist regulations. Those restrictions
were later lifted, and martial-arts activities were again alive
in the Shanghai Chin Woo.
the death of Master Huo, Chin Woo was reorganized to make it available
to other parts of China and Asia. In 1920, Shanghai Chin Woo sent
representatives to Southeast Asia. Mr. Li Hui Seng, Mr. Luo Xiao
Ao, Mr. Chen Gong Zhe, Mr. Ye Shu Tian, and Mrs. Chen Shi Chao made
their first stop in Saigon, Vietnam. They opened the first Chin
Woo School there and later in parts of Malaysia and Singapore. To
prove their skills, they were often required to give demonstrations
or accept challenges. By 1923, these five Chin Woo Masters had opened
Chin Woo schools all over Southeast Asia and visited nine different
countries. Of the five masters, Mr. Ye Shu Tian was considered the
most knowledgeable in kungfu.
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