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Video: Lao Sui's Home Clan Visits Wong's Kwongsai Mantis in Pingshan, China
Video: Lao Sui's Chu Gar Training Ground - Guan Yin Temple
Video: Lao Sui's Home - Small Museum and Memorial - Interview
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I've passed 60 years now, 50 years of martial art training, and 40 years of Hakka Mantis. I've left no stone unturned in my Mantis career. Now, I will release all the transmissions that I have received.
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VIDEO: 2014, RDH Takes Lao Sui's Home (Chu Gar) Clan to Visit Wong's Kwongsai Jook Lum Temple Mantis in Pingshan Town
In 2014, I took the Lao Sui Home Clan to visit Wong Yuk Kong's Kwongsai Jook Lum Mantis and Unicorn School, in nearby Pingshan Town where I reside. The Kwongsai Mantis school is operated by Wong's son, Wong Yu Hua and he and I have been brother-friends since 1992.
Below is a short clip from the first visit of Chu Gar and Kwongsai Mantis, in 2014.
VIDEO: 2013, RDH and Lao Sui's Home Chu Gar Clan Visit Lao's Oldest Training Ground
In the Spring of 2013, I visited Lao Sui's original training ground, Guan Yin Temple. He trained four years with his teacher from 1899-1903 before moving to Hong Kong at the age of 24. He then waited more than a decade to begin teaching Chu Gar Mantis in Hong Kong.
VIDEO: 2013, Lao Sui's Home - Museum and Memorial - Interview
Several families, all related to Lao Sui, all live within Lao's Ancestral estate and neighboring houses. A small shrine, a museum of sorts, features Lao's personal writings, as well as, antique and recent photographs of various Chu Gar Players including students of Lao Sui's disciple, Yip Sui. There is no "Chow Gar" in Lao Sui's hometown.
After Lao Sui passed in Hong Kong, most Chu Gar players consolidated around Chu Kwong Hua, a chief of Lao's Second Generation Teaching. It was then Yip Sui, circa 1950s, separated as 'Chow Gar'. Although, Yip Sui's disciples have visited Lao's ancestral home, they have only reported on "East River Hakka Mantis" as his teaching. If they acknowledge Lao Sui taught Chu Gar, then 'Chow Gar' is exposed. Additionally, Yip Sui and many of his Hong Kong disciples were and are not Hakka, they are Cantonese. So to say 'Chow Gar - Hakka Mantis' is not exactly right. It was started by Yip Sui, a Cantonese.
One should be honest and not use Hakka Mantis for personal gain or self-aggrandizement. Just visit Lao Sui's home or the many areas where Chu Gar still flourishes today, such as Wuhua, Xingning, Shanwei, Chaozhou, etc. There is no 'Chow Gar' Hakka Mantis, in China, or Lao Sui's hometown. Search and prove all things.
Yip Sui and I were once friendly in the 1980s, and I respect his teaching, but one should not ignore the facts. After age 60, one should replace fiction with fact, fantasy with reality.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions just because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
– Gautama, the Buddha
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