Wahnam IrelandSHAOLIN WAHNAM INSTITUTE IRELAND

    The Grandmaster

      Sifu Wong Kiew Kit

      Sifu Wong Kiew Kit is the fourth generation successor from the famous Shaolin Monastery of China, and a grandmaster of Shaolin Kung Fu and Chi Kung. He received the "Qigong Master of the Year" award at the Second World Congress on Qigong held in San Francisco in November 1997. He also holds an honours degree in humanity, and is one of the very few masters who speaks excellent English and the author of many books on the Shaolin Arts.

      Sifu Wong, born in 1944, started his life-long training of the Shaolin arts in 1954 when he learned Shaolin Kung Fu and lion dance from the famous Shaolin master, Sifu Lai Chin Wah, who was popularly known as Uncle Righteousness. Sifu Wong became his best disciple and helped Uncle Righteousness to teach Kung Fu. To further his kungfu training, Sifu Wong later learnt from Sifu Ho Fatt Nam, the third generation successor directly descended from the southern Shaolin Monastery when it was burned by the Manchurian army in China. Sifu Wong also learned Wuzu Kung Fu from Sifu Chee Kim Thong, and Wing Choon Kung Fu from Sifu Choe Hoong Choy, who were patriarchs of their respective Kung Fu styles.

      Sifu Wong has taught Kung Fu and Chi Kung for more than 40 years. Regretting that many masters were withholding "secrets" of Kung Fu and Chi Kung with the result that these arts might lose their essence, in 1982 he founded the Shaolin Wahnam School of Kung Fu and chi kung, naming the school after his two teachers who had influenced him most, Sifu Lai Chin Wah and Sifu Ho Fatt Nam, with the aim of transmitting genuine Shaolin Kung Fu, Shaolin Chi Kung and Shaolin philosophy.


      Sigung Lai Chin Wah

      Sigung Lai taught Southern Shaolin Kung Fu that came from the southern Shaolin Temple at Jiulianshan, or Nine-Lotus Mountain, which is also located in Fujian but near the boarder with Guangdong. The style of Southern Shaolin from Sigung Lai is Guangdong Shaolin transmitted from the Venerable Chee Seen. The forms of Sifu Lai's are elaborated, like tiger-claws and dragon-hands. Kung Fu sets in our school like "Tiger-Crane" and "Dragon-Tiger" are from Sifu Lai's lineage.

      Force training in Sigung Lai's teaching was more external, like sandbags, wooden-man and three-star knocking. Nevertheless, stance training was much emphasized in Sigung Lai's lineage. There were many Kung Fu sets from Sigung Lai's teaching, including many different types of weapons. Sigung Lai paid much attention to perfection of forms. The beauty of my kungfu forms was due to Sigung Lai's teaching. Sigung Lai was thorough and precise in every movement, and his forms were a beauty to watch. "Every movement is a masterpiece" was derived from Sigung Lai's teaching.


      Sigung Ho Fatt Nam

      Sigung Ho also taught Southern Shaolin Kung Fu that came from the southern Shaolin Temple at Quanzhou, a city in the southern province of Fujian. The style of Southern Shaolin from Sigung Ho is Fujian Shaolin transmitted from the Venerable Jiang Nan. The forms of Sigung Ho's Kung Fu are straight-forward, like level fists and palm strikes. Kung Fu sets in our school like "Four Gates" and "Dragon Form" are from Sigung Ho's lineage.

      Force training in Sigung Ho's lineage was mainly internal. "Lifting the Sky", "One-Finger Shooting Zen" and the ability to spar for more than an hour without panting. Sigung Ho emphasized combat application as well as Kung Fu principles. He emphasized that there was at least one counter, usually more, for every form of attack, and that "once you understood the first mile, you could travel hundreds of miles", meaning that once you understood the underlying principles you could counter any attacks even though you might not have learn them before.


      "We in Shaolin Wahnam are very fortunate to inherit the teachings of these two great grandmasters. Whenever we make a move, in kungfu as well as in everyday life, we ensure we are safe first. This is a legacy from Sigung Lai. After learning combat sequences we are able to counter any strikes as well as be able to have a great variety of strikes ourselves. This is a legacy from Sigung Ho. In whatever we do, our form is perfect and movement elegant. These are benefits from Sigung Lai's teaching. We have mental clarity in our actions, are not tired even after performing for a long time, and our actions are guided by philosophical ideals and practical benefits. These are from the teachings of Sigung Ho."

      Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit