Reflections by Walter Mak

Chinese Martial Arts with its long history has gained wide popularity both in China and abroad. It is practical for self-defense or for health thereby enhancing the foundation to promote longevity. Since the birth of Martial Arts, there have evolved a great many variety of Kung Fu styles. Each style has its numerous hand forms and weapons sets. Some of these styles can stand the test of time like the ageless pine tree, while others surfaced and soon disappeared as the Cana flower plant. Nevertheless, one must pay tribute to the various systems of martial arts for their knowledge, coupled with diligence in enabling Chinese Kung Fu to flourish with its progressive refinement over time.

Generally, Chinese Martial Arts can be categorized into two main streams. In one, the stress one puts on to obtain power generation is employing hard physical movements of one’s exterior body parts. The movements are usually comprised of swift and short, but powerful delivery of the fists or legs. This type is now commonly called Kung Fu. The second type of martial arts is usually called internal kung fu systems. These systems are focused on the training and obtaining power generation utilizing one’s internal chi gong or intrinsic body energy. The principle of Yin and Yang from the theory of Yi Chin, an ancient Taoist philosophy, are employed in its martial arts movements. The most common style in this system is Tai Chi Chuan.

It is an honour for me to have this opportunity to introduce Pak Mei Kung Fu as offered by the Shing Tak Tong Kung Fu School. Authentic Pak Mei Kung Fu is characterized by its swift and powerful movements. Each form movement should encompass the four dimensional combinations of the following force dynamics: swallow, expel, floating, and sinking. These four basic force dynamic types can be combined to form over one hundred different types of force effects. In Pak Mei Kung Fu, the initiating energy force is direct from the waist and spine and utilizing the soft chi energy from the dan tien. Energy is channeled from within the body to the extremity of the arms and legs. Thus, authentic Pak Mei Kung Fu involves both soft power and hard power. Softness enables one to have continuous power generation from one movement to another. There is a belief that constant practice of Pak Mei Kung Fu will result in firm muscles, clear eyesight, where the body is light and swift like a swallow. One can stay vigorous regardless of age.

Shing Tak Tong is currently one of a few kung fu schools teaching authentic Pak Mei Kung Fu in North America. Renowned Master Sam Choi, Sixth Generation Disciple of Master Cheung Bing Fat. Master Cheung Bing Fat is the son of the famous Pak Mei Kung Fu Fourth Generation Grandmaster Cheung Lai Chun.

Sifu Sam Choi formed the Shing Tak Tong Kung Fu School ten years ago. Under his teaching and dedication of energy, Pak Mei Kung Fu has become well known to local martial arts enthusiasts. Master Sam Choi has trained many students. I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to study under Master Choi. Through Sifu’s generous wisdom and Kung Fu knowledge, I have gained a great deal of maturity in personal character as well as Pak Mei Kung Fu. Hence, it is with great pleasure and an honour for me to write this forward for this Tenth Anniversary. May Pak Mei Shing Tak Tong flourish forever!

Walter Mark
Pak Mei 7th Generation  

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