Origins of Dragon Style Kung FuDragon Style Kung Fu

The Southern Dragon Style Kung Fu (aka loong ying kung fu) traces its origins to The Wah So Toi Temple on Lau Fou Shen Mountain, in Guangdong (Canton) province, South China.

The style had remained inside the temple for generations until a monk named Tai Yut broke with tradition and taught a young prodigy, Lam Yui Kwai (1877-1968).     By the age of thirteen he was proficient at his family martial arts system.  Subsequent training with Monk Tai Yut and others enhanced his abilities further.  Lam Yui Kwai went on to become Great Grandmaster of the style.

Lam became very well known in the Guangdong region for his martial arts ability he was famed as one of the 10 Tigers of Guangdong, an honour bestowed on the top ten Martial Artist of their generation.  He was also a Herbalist and Tui Na Practitioner (Chinese Massage/Bone Setter).

Lam's ingenuity lay in his ability to take his family system and the training of the Monks of Lau Fu Shen Mountain and reformulate the forms, training concepts and principles into a highly prized system.  His students and subsequent generations spread the Dragon Style system to many parts of the world.

What is Dragon Style Kung Fu?

Dragon Style is an internal/external martial art system, harmonising yin and yang training methods with simple but deep principles and concepts.  Dragon is famous for its elusive hand techniques and the ability to deliver a blend of smooth and explosive power.  Training includes a variety of palms, punches, elbows, grabs, locks and kicks in unusual but extremely effective ways.

Training involves

Structural alignment

Stance work,

Chi kung

Forms

Two person sets

Traditional weapons sets

Flexibility/strength/power exercises

Conditioning drills

Sensitivity drills

Martial/self defence applications

Dragon Style training is not only prized for its martial abilities, but regular training has health and fitness benefits.  These include improvements in flexibility, strength, power, suppleness, sensitivity, speed, balance and coordination.  The spiralling and twisting nature of the movements increase the function of internal systems and organs optimising health and vitality.  Physical exercise is balanced by training the breath, chi, mind and spirit resulting in one becoming calm, centred and aware.

Dragon Style Kung Fu is for both men and women; you do not have to be fit to start. A cooperative, friendly atmosphere with everyone training to their own abilities is part of the club spirit.

 

DOM MEURIER    Martial Arts Profile

Dragon Style Kung Fu

 

I commenced my Martial Arts training in England in 1982 with a style called Zeu Wei, a hybrid system which incorporated kicks, hand strikes, locks, throws, break falling, rolling and ground work. The emphasis was towards self defence training and fitness.  Zeu Wei was an excellent foundation into martial arts.  My instructors were Nigel Cooper Black Sash 5th Degree and Paul Shedden Black Sash 4th Degree.  After 4 years I started instructing at the club and attained Black Sash 2nd Degree within 6 years.  I continued with Zeu Wei for a further two years.

In 1989 Nigel met Sifu (master) Stephen Shek who had trained in Dragon Style Kung Fu since the early 1960’s and had been training in martial arts from childhood.  He became our Sifu and taught us Dragon Style Kung Fu.  Nigel Cooper, Steven Foster and I became his first inner door students (tu tui) after his son Konrad.

Over the years I found this system to be challenging but very rewarding.  It not only tests ones physical ability but also the concepts and principles benefits one’s mind.  I had the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong to be introduced to Sifu Sheks teacher, Segung (Grandmaster) Chil Chung.  It was an amazing experience to have Segun’s touch and refinements to contemplate.  Segun Chil Chung was not only an exceptional martial artist, he was also a healer using tdit dar chinese herbs and massage.  This experience created an interest in healing arts for me.  Eventually I embarked on the study of Zen Shiatsu Massage and TCM Acupuncture.

In 2000 Sifu Stephen Shek introduced me to his class brother Sifu Chung Wai Kong who shared his skills and interpretations of Dragon Style through Sifu Bob Chung.  I gained fascinating, alternative insights of the depth that could be reached from such apparently simple concepts and principles.

In 2002 Sifu Nigel Cooper and I restarted the Watford Dragon Style Club.  From 2003 until 2010 I had sole responsibility of the Club.  Now the Club is back in the expert hands of Nigel assisted by a core of long term senior students.

I started to learn Tai Chi and internal exercises like Chi Gung, Dao Yin and Yoga, around the mid 1990’s, some of which were incorporated into my Shiatsu and Acupuncture training.  I found it very helpful in physically understanding the concepts of chi.  From 1998 my instructor in Tai Chi was Ross Weaver who received his training in Australia.  In 2001 I met with Sifu John Ding and trained at his Tai Chi Academy in London, completing the Instructor training in 2009.   Sifu Dings insights and levels of understanding of Tai Chi Chuan are exceptional.  My training has been a real privilege.

I have been fortunate in my Martial Arts journey.  I have experienced the training and knowledge from true masters, experienced instructors and gained profound insights from my students.  Nearly 3 decades of Martial Arts involving patience, hard work and enjoyment has the amazing reward of self understanding, mental and physical awareness and exceptional friends.

In 1987 a fellow instructor Robin Gillott and I started GM Defence a Self Defence and Martial Arts tuition business teaching at hundreds of state and private secondary schools in England.  This successful partnership lasted until I immigrated to New Zealand.

More information and further history about my former club and Kung Fu lineage can be found here.