The major focus of the curriculum is Si Ji Hao (Tibetan Lions Roar!) as this style is very complete in its ability to both create a skilled fighter and in its yogic/tantric aspects. Its basic methods and seeds are extended and can embrace other martial practices without becoming dilluted. Other styles of Kung Fu are also taught in the syllabus to develop a wide skill-set.
The curriculum also includes advanced Taoist inner development techniques, weapons and traditional Chinese medicine (Tui Na, An Mo, Moxibustion etc) to create a complete martial artist. Once the student has some experience of the arts we teach they may find one which suits them (each one is very complete) and choose to specialise in it.
喇嘛法 白鶴法 俠家
Originated in Indian Kalari arts (possibly from Greek and Persian roots) which were then further developed in Tibet into a powerful, complete fighting system. Lions Roar then passed through from Northern China to the South picking up aspects of the native Chinese fighting arts (Kung fu) as it went.
The style made a fearsome reputation for itself in Lei Tai challenge matches through Wong Yan Lam, giving birth to Hop Gar (Hero Fist) and Tibetan White Crane. The style is also known as Lama Pai (Tibetan Monk Family) after the Tibetan monks with whom it was associated. In China the style is still sometimes referred to as Indra's ist in reference to it's Indian origins. Our lineage comes through Chan Tat Fu who was skilled in all branches of the style, hence we each SiJiHao Hap Gar which translates as Lions Roar Families Join together.
The style is unique in its use of waist power, developed through 8 ‘seeds’ which are extended motions to teach the body to develop correct power generation in all directions. These seeds are then refined and combined to generate a powerful range of throws, locks and strikes.
The style is based on the motions of the Crane and Ape as dualistic Totems and made be practiced as a Tantric yoga system.
Other arts are available to advanced students who excel in the major styles we offer. These include: Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Five Southern Families Kung Fu and Southern Praying Mantis
Perhaps the quintesential style of Shaolin Kung Fu. Stemming from the Southern Shaolin temple this style is known for its heavy emphasis on stance work, solid basics and strong bridges.
Hung Gars core forms are long and give a real tour de force of Kung fu tactics. They are ; Taming the Tiger, Tiger and Crane Form, 10 Pattern Form (5 animals 5 elements) and the Iron Wire Form. Hung Gar allows us to develop strong bridges and powerful footwork alongside diverse tactics.
Our Hung Gar comes through Jimmy Chan Wei who integrated Northern Shaolin Monk Fist (Bak Siu Lam Fut Gar) into his curriculum a practice which we continue.