Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu

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Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu is a complete fighting method and martial art, one of the most widely practiced Kung Fu styles inside and outside China today. It is well known for its speed and power, its smooth circular body movements and flexible footwork. Choy Lee Fut combines the powerful hand techniques characteristic of southern styles with the versatile kicks of the northern systems. It emphasises the intelligent use of strength and the combination of external force with the internal will.

A Choy Lee Fut practitioner learns to use the body as one complete unit, by training a strong stable but very agile horse stance combined with very fast and fluid hand and foot techniques. All punches, kicks, palms, kness and elbows follow the 8 directions of the Ba Gwa, which allows for all angles of attack and defence.

Choy Lee Fut has a tradition deeply rooted within the martial arts of the Shaolin Temple. The Choy Lee Fut system has many forms, or set patterns of learning, by which a student develops proficiency in the techniques of the style.

These forms are classified into three levels:

  • Beginner/Primary Level – Primary Fist and Weapon Forms
  • Intermediate/Secondary Level – Ba Wa Fist and Weapon Forms
  • Advanced/Tertiary Level – Animal and Drunken Fist and Weapon Forms


The complete Choy Lee Fut system includes the following:

  • Over 180 traditional fist and weapon forms, either in solo sets or two person sparring sets
  • Self defence and real fighting techniques and applications
  • Over 18 Shaolin wooden dummy forms for hand techniques and weaponry
  • Sand bag techniques and forms
  • Qi Gong forms and traditional Chinese medical theories
  • Lion dance sets

Master Chan Yong Fa

Master Chan Yong Fa (5th generation) is the first-born son of Chan Wan Hon. From the time he was four years old, he followed his grandfather Chan Yiu Chi, who taught him Kung Fu and Qigong from 1954 to 1963. After Chan Yiu Chi’s passing, Master Chan Yong Fa was trained and taught the entire system of Choy Lee Fut by his father, Chan Wan Hon from 1963 to 1982.In 1980, Howard Choy, a student of the Choy Lee Fut Master Li Yu Ling (4th generation disciple of Chan Yiu Chi), went to China in search of Chan Heung’s bloodline, the origin of Choy Lee Fut. There, he met Chan Wan Hon and studied under him for a period of time with the help of Chan Yong Fa. From this humble beginning, Howard was asked to bring Chan Yong Fa out to Australia to spread and expand the Choy Lee Fut system in every part of the world.

Master Chan Yong Fa arrived in Australia in 1983 with a medical degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, specialising in bone setting. All he brought was one gim (sword), Kung Fu training clothes and Chan Heung’s training manuals. With the help of his father’s Kung Fu brother, Master Li Yu Ling, and a handful of dedicated students, a Kung Fu school and medical clinic were built from the ruins of a burnt-out warehouse in Chinatown. Together with his first batch of students in Australia, Yuen Gum Fai, Choy Hung, Yun Ji, Mark Whelan, Thomas Yuen, Tommy Hung, Alan Seeto and Ken Chan, a new chapter was born.

In 1987, Chan Yong Fa was invited to give seminars in Spain, Poland, Portugal and Finland. Because he gives 100% when he teaches CLF Kung Fu and the Qigong system, his seminars were fully attended by many people from around the world. Through these seminars, he met and trained many practitioners who later became his Disciples.

In 1996, Chan Yong Fa started the Chan Family Choy Lee Fut Wing Sing Tong Office and laid the foundation for the Chan Family Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu and Lohan Qigong Systems. Then, in 2001, he organised a visit to Sun Wui for a group of more than 100 people from all over the world. The tour was known as Return to the Origin. The group went on to King Mui (the birthplace of Chan Heung) and trained at the Ancestral Hall, which has been restored.

At present, Master Chan Yong Fa leads the Chan Family Wing Sing Tong office and teaches Choy Lee Fut to its thousands of members worldwide.