The late legendary Grandmaster Chee Kim Thong was a Legendary master of 5 Ancestors: Wuzuquan (Wc Cho). Emperors Fists (Tai Cho), Shaolin, Lohan & Wu Mei, We will have a brief look into his life and martial arts achievements. This legend was a unique man who achieved a very high level of Shaolin Kung Fu.
The Early Years
Born on 19th May 1920 in a village near Fujian China and learning from 5 different masters learning Wuzuquan, Northern Shaolin systems, Wu Mei Style gong fu and Wuxing Zhang (Five Element).
It has been said his first martial arts instruction at the age of six years old. He was a victim of bullies when he was very young and his grandmother an expert in martial arts self defense taught him how to defend himself.
By the age of ten he was being instructed by a number of senior masters of traditional kung fu masters and would master all those different styles.
The forma bodyguard to the president. Sun Yat Sen was Toh Yit Choon style of northern kung fu was so impressed with the young master Chee`s abilities he took him on as a student and taught his kung fu secrets. The young master Chee became proficient after three years training.
As a teenager the young master Chee was discovered by Lam Yin a master of Five Ancester Fist Kung Fu style he invited the young master Chee to train with him and he accepted and trained with him for three years devoting himself to his teachings. His teaching was the hard style of the five ancestors kung fu so to balance the system out he learnt the soft side of the art from lady Lam Yit Leong and devoted the same three years to her training.
Traveling and studying learning Wu Shin or Five Elements Kunf Fu style from a master called Yeong Yuek.
He would face many challenges from various martial artist and would always be victorious.
He discovers a Shaolin Monk Yit Sim (retired) from the Nan Pu Tuo Temple where the young master Chee stayed and studied for another three years.
Master Chee defeated a number of top martial artists when in China one of those being the king of monkey kung fu and two Shaolin monks of five ancestor style and a top disciple of taji master.
He was in a competition to recruit solders and had to compete against three hundred fighters over three days winning by knock-outs or submissions
Southern Shaolin Temple
The Abbot of the southern Shaolin Temple at the time invited the young master Chee Kim Thong to train where he learnt the rarest secret shaolin arts. When war broke out and China was invaded Japanese master Chee Kim Thong played a major part leading a guerrilla force, eventually the Japanese forced many to flee and master Chee Kim Thong moved to Malaysia and Singapore finally settling in Malaysia. Where practiced his great healing and medical skills learnt during his martial arts training.
Eventually taking on students and teaching his Martial arts, passing on his martial arts knowledge building up a big following globally and his martial arts continue to grow today, there are a number of Grand Masters, disciples, instructors, and students.
A gentleman master Chee Kim Thong was an active man training well into his seventies, demonstrating magical effects of the power of his chi and being a former student of one of his instructors schools, I had a rare privilege of attending a short seminar a number of hours many years ago. Speaking for former students who have verified the full effects on master Chee Kim Thong`s Chi power after experiencing it first-hand.
There were many stories of master Chee Kim Thong`s abilities some feeling the effects of moving chi and other feeling the power from single defensive attacks during demonstrations and senior grading. This was from aging man of small build against young powerful martial artists. He was truly a remarkable man and well respected in the world of Chinese martial arts in China and around the world.
When master Chee`s was in west Malaysia he was teaching and promoting his Chinese martial arts and working as a medic. He already had medical skills from his knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine.
Master Chee also travelled to many countries promoting his Chinese martial arts systems and had various branches in some of those counties including America, and United Kingdom and this is the branch I was training at all those years ago. He visited our branch a number of times when I was training in his later years.
He was highly sort after due to his extensive martial arts knowledge and experience as well as his healing abilities, as many martial artist in would arrange to get treatment of various injuries sustained during training for example various muscle injuries, back injuries etc. Using deep tissue massage, acupuncture and using his chi, Had many satisfied patients and many queuing up to experience his healing powers.
Grand Master Chee Kim Thong
Master Chee Kim Thong in his eighties, after seventy plus years dedicating his time and life long search for knowledge of Chinese martial arts. Was one of the most respected and sort after Chinese martial arts grand masters, he had a full life.
A true gentleman, martial arts grand master, fengshui master, Chin Na and medical healer passed on a midst a peaceful sleep. He was one of the greatest martial arts masters of all time and has left a great legacy as his former disciples and instructors and students have continued his teachings having many Chinese martial arts schools around the world. Not as popular as thirty years ago due to the modern martial arts like MMA, UFC etc but, there is still a large following and demand for Chinese traditional martial arts.
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This amazing Grandmaster of Chinese martial arts, Dedicated his live to his martial arts during life he mastered many Chinese classical martial arts at a time when Chinese martial arts was most popular. Unfortunately many of those arts are now lost but, due to Grandmaster chee and the legacy he has left the martial arts systems he has passed on will continue.
I trained in Wuzuqan for many years some time ago, this was a great classical Chinese martial art. With plenty of freehand forms and weapons, This is a complete system covering everything from limb conditioning to breathing techniques etc
The late Great Grandmaster Chee Kim Thong, Martial Arts Legend
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I had absolutely no idea that those who become true grandmasters of martial arts like this respected man would also have a good background in the Chinese healing arts and, of course, meditation or chi. I found it very interesting to see all of the different martial arts. I really do think that parents today could take a page out of his book. If your child is being bullied, let him/her learn some self defence before the child ends up with a martyr syndrome for the rest of their lives.
Hi Feochadan, Thank for you commends much appreciated, yes those Grandmaster dedicated their lives to martial arts but were wise and non violent individuals with outstanding morals. Learning many martial arts, healing, Buddhism and Taoism,. We in the west could learn from some of those lessons.
Regarding Children please refer to my post Kids and Martial arts for more information, this will provide them with many great skills and development.
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