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elcuervo



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Posted - 08/03/2006 :  18:41:25  Show Profile  Visit elcuervo's Homepage Send elcuervo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great Grand Master Ark Yuey Wong doing the Quan Dow... Enjoy...

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Edited by - elcuervo on 08/03/2006 18:42:39
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elcuervo



USA
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Posted - 08/04/2006 :  17:30:06  Show Profile  Visit elcuervo's Homepage Send elcuervo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here is a brief summary of Grand Master Ark Y. Wong, written and researched by a friend of mine Steven Perez (You must be logged in to see this link.

Grandmaster Ark Yuey Wong
January 11, 1900 - January 11, 1987


Grandmaster Ark Yuey Wong (Wong Ark-Yuey) was born in the large village of Toysun Tien Sum Chien, Canton, Southern China, in
1899/1900 into a moderately wealthy family. Early on, he was exposed to the ancient fighting arts as a need to defend himself from
articulated or actual threats of harm. In those days bandits roamed the countryside and Wong's grandfather made all males in the Wong
family study kung fu, if they were to receive any inheritance. A younger jealous brother, in order to weaken the older man and obtain his wealth, attacked his great-grandfather. Upon recovering from the attack, the old man decreed that all his male descendants were obligated to learn Kung Fu when they started school at the age of seven.

It was at that age that Ark Wong began his training under 14 masters within a Shao Lin Temple (Sifu Wong explained that the Cantonese
pronunciation of "Siu Lam", sometimes seen as Sil Lum is the same as the more popular term Shao Lin). His first Shifu was the well-
respected master, Lam Ark Fun. Master Lam was rather old at this time but still highly revered as a great teacher of the art of Choy Li Fut. At the age of twelve, Ark Wong was taught the art of Chinese Herbal Medicine, a skill that he would employ extensively later in life from Master Lam. Ark Wong studied under another well-respected master, Ho Ark Yeng from whom he learned Mawk Gar Kung Fu. Both
Master Lam and Master Ho were hired by a representative of the great-grandfather to teach the Wong family exclusively. In his later teens,
Ark Wong went to college and gave private Kung-fu lessons in Canton. It was during this time that he met Pung/Pang, the chief monk of the
Canton area and one of the greatest Kung-fu fighters in China. He studied under this master for a year and a half. Previously, all of Wong's training was of the external aspects of Kung Fu. It was from Pung that he began to learn the internal aspects. Master Pung invited Wong to his ascetic quarters and told him to place a lighted candle at the end of the room. According to Wong, Pung was able to chop the candle in half from yards away, merely with a flick of the finger. “I had heard of power like that, but I had never seen it demonstrated”, Wong recalled years ago. When civil unrest occurred in Canton, Wong returned to his village.

Here in Lin Chuan Yuan, Putien County, he opened a Kung Fu school for his family and the younger children of the area. One New Year's,
as was the custom, all the Kung Fu schools gathered to put on the "Lion Dancing" demonstration. On the basis of these demonstrations by
the different schools the masters were chosen. Only the best demonstrators would receive the title "Master." At the remarkable age, of
nineteen, Wong Ark Yuey was made Master.

Master Wong immigrated to the United States in his early twenties, around 1921. His uncle taught him Chinese herbal healing and
acupuncture. At that time, kung fu was taught among Chinese and mostly in Chinese tongs and associations. Since Chinese have many
festivities and cultural beliefs, the art of lion and dragon dance were taught to accommodate the celebration ritual. Many Chinese benefited from Wong's martial art lessons during the 40's and 50's when he stayed in San Francisco, Stockton and Oakland. This was the birth of Ng Ga Kin and Ng Ying Ga in the United States. In 1929, he moved to the Los Angeles area, where he taught exclusively for the Wong family the first two years. He then opened his Chinese Herb shop and Kung Fu school, called War Que (War Kyu) or Overseas Chinese Martial Arts Association. In 1931, Wong went to china to instruct the Wong family in the Martial Arts. In 1934, he returned to Los Angeles and resumed his teaching. At the young age of 31, Master Wong was given the title of Grandmaster. In 1965, Wong opened his doors to the
public, to any sincere student who wanted to learn from a Master. Previously, as mentioned, all Chinese Kung Fu was taught to Chinese
only, as it was kept a secret. He taught the Five Family styles of Cho Li, Fut, Mok, and Hung and the five animals of the Tiger, Dragon,
Crane, Leopard and Snake. Master Wong taught Tai Chi Chuan, five element fist, natural fist and the Hop Gar Lama fist. He also taught the 18 traditional Shao Lin weapons, Lion and Dragon dancing, Chinese Acupuncture, Massage, and Herbal medicine. During his last 30 years
profession, many people entered the school. Especially during and after the Bruce Lee kung fu movie era. But only very few had completed the entire course.

Master Wong was also a traditional Chinese herb doctor and helped many people with arthritis because of his special herb liniment called Dit Da Jow, a special Shao Lin temple recipe handed down to only those students who were loyal and sincere.

Master Wong was in the original pilot movie of the television series "Kung Fu", with the actor David Carridine, who played the part of "Kuai Chang Caine", (Grasshopper). Master Wong was the greatest Master of our century and the true "Pioneer" of Chinese Kung Fu in
America. Master Wong was on the front cover of the 1965 issue of "Black Belt Magazine" and has had numerous articles about him in the "Inside Kung Fu Magazine". Combining all the styles he had learned, Wong counted among his students Bruce Lee, David Carradine and Jimmy H. Woo.

Master Wong passed away on his birthday in January of 1987 at the age of 88 (1986 age 89). Up until his death, Wong’s speed and agility
continued to impress students one-third his age. In demonstrating the tiger form, Wong, in his late 80’s, included a dragon drop “so fast, he was down in the floor and back up in a split second”, Holub notes. He was always helping people and devoted his whole life to Kung Fu
and Chinese medicine. He was the last of the old Masters but his legacy and his Association is still being carried on today. Grandmaster Wong had achieved many accomplishments including being pioneer kung fu instructor to America and contributed to society with his Chinese medicine. Because of his efforts, the Five Family/Animal Style has prospered worldwide. His grandson Seming Ma is now
continuing the tradition.

Due to the history, including the destruction of the Temple and all of its artist, to the highly selective process in which only a small handful of students in a generation actually inherit a system with its complete information. It is a fact that Grandmaster Wong was the only man in this country with the entire Five Family Fist Southern Shao Lin system. After the destruction of the temple only a few survived and migrated to Hong Kong and are now deceased. It is an unfortunate fact that this system almost died with the destruction of the temple and its martial artist in 1927. Were it not for Grandmaster Wong Ark-Yueh the system would probably not exist today. Fortunately for Southern Shao Lin advocates the complete system is still alive today.Because Master Wong was very frugal about time and believed in using time and not measuring it; he did not waste his time with people who were not truly dedicated. This is why only a handful of students would learn the real secrets and go on to become masters. Students were (and still are) divided into two major catagories. The first category is the public students. These students were the general public who came to learn kung fu for health and self-defense. These students would learn basic fundamentals including forms, stances, hand movements, and basic weapons, which would empower them enough to be considered very formidable in a personal combat situation. The second category of students was the secret or advanced students. These select few students are chosen from the public students who exhibited exceptional behavioral attributes, consistent attendance of classes. These students would be shown advanced skills based upon their individual achievements. From these were chosen the inheritors and direct inheritors of the system

Edited by - elcuervo on 08/04/2006 19:26:14
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elcuervo



USA
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Posted - 08/22/2006 :  11:20:01  Show Profile  Visit elcuervo's Homepage Send elcuervo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here is another video I would like to share with all of you:

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elcuervo



USA
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Posted - 09/11/2006 :  13:14:33  Show Profile  Visit elcuervo's Homepage Send elcuervo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Our first test run and a special thanks to my daughter who spent the whole day with us recording (Luv Ya):

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elcuervo



USA
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Posted - 10/11/2006 :  13:38:29  Show Profile  Visit elcuervo's Homepage Send elcuervo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here is another video I would like to share with all:

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elcuervo



USA
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Posted - 10/17/2006 :  13:53:36  Show Profile  Visit elcuervo's Homepage Send elcuervo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Want to thank both Master Seming Ma and Angel Velasquez of the Black Tiger Academy in Banning California for sharing this video with us:

Ng Ga 2006 Reunion video.
Enjoy!

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elcuervo



USA
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Posted - 10/30/2006 :  18:20:05  Show Profile  Visit elcuervo's Homepage Send elcuervo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just want to share a second installment of the 2006 Masters Expo. in Lakewood, California. Hosted by Richard Mieir-King.

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elcuervo



USA
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Posted - 02/16/2007 :  12:22:34  Show Profile  Visit elcuervo's Homepage Send elcuervo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hosted by instructor Marvin Quon.

This is a one in a life time opportunity to train with two Great Masters in Southern California. Master Gary Steuer comes straight from Thailand to offer this great seminar on Southern 5 Kung Fu and is a first Generation disciple of the Late Great Grand Master Ark Y. Wong.

This event is Hosted by the Legendary Marvin Quon.

The cost of the seminar(s) will be on a donation basis. You know what you pay and get for other seminars, and you know what you will get here (fantastic), so please donate what your conscience and pocketbook can afford. Donations are for traveling costs. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Please feel free to email Jay Goodman, if you have any questions. jaybgood51@yahoo.com or you may contact our Host directly at the below mentioned number. And you can also visit Sergio "El Cuervo's" website for more information aswell: You must be logged in to see this link.

See you there.

Edited by - elcuervo on 02/16/2007 12:23:20
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elcuervo



USA
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Posted - 03/23/2007 :  19:11:39  Show Profile  Visit elcuervo's Homepage Send elcuervo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Guadalajara, MX, March 19, 2007 - This past January was indeed a great moment for the "El Cuervo" Kung Fu forum. It only took two years to finally arrange for the gathering that would set the stage for many others to come.



The first day of arrival was "Fantastic" to say the least. Sifu Hector V. who is an avid Kung Fu practitioner and one of our administrators on the forum was there to greet us on our arrival to GDL airport. Hector wasted no time in making us feel at home and quickly drove us away to the hotel and then to meet the others at "El Gaucho" a great Argentinian Restaurant. The restaurant was very nice; and soon we were joined by Master Guadalupe Balderrama, his son and Sifu Enrique Ayala (Quique). We conversed all night long and went thru many stories, including those of why Dragon Rojo had disintegrated.




The Following day went without any complications, we gathered at the hotel and went to breakfast in the company of Enrique Ayala, who introduced us to a wonderful local restaurant that served traditional Mexican dishes. We then proceeded to Dragon de Fuego, which is owned and operated by Sigung Carlos Casas in the Historic Guadalajara district. One-by-One the attendees began to arrive and joined in the exercises that went from the simplest applications to the more complicated. We had some fantastic company, and were impressed by the dedication that we found in the students.. Kudos to the young ladies that attended the seminar, they really showed alot of spirit and good training.




The following day was no exception, we gathered at the "Colomos" a wonderful park in the next city over and began our training.. Lookily for everyone, it was an overcast day. Master Rick Zanotti led the warm-up with some basic exercises in Southern Kung Fu and I did the closing with some questions and answers. All-in-All, it was a fantastic moment for all us and I am sure that this will not be the last.. See you all in December....


Sergio "El Cuervo" Rodriguez
Freelance Kung Fu Practitioner
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elcuervo



USA
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Posted - 03/27/2007 :  17:27:39  Show Profile  Visit elcuervo's Homepage Send elcuervo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
[glow=red,2,300]Seminars with Uncle Gary Steuer [/glow]

LOS ANGELES, CA - March 27, 2007 - What an exciting month this was Uncle Gary Steuer completed his annual pilgrimage to the Southland from his home in Thailand. It was truly an honor to share the workout floor with this Master of the Southern Five Family/Five Animal System. But not only is he a well accomplished martial artist in this style, but is one of the few left of the first generation students of the Great Grandmaster Ark Yuey Wong.


Uncle Gary's first event took place in Inglewood, California at Marvin Quon's Kwoon. It was truly a great combination, Uncle Gary went over the external applications of Ng Ga Kuen and Sigung Marvin Quon went over the internal applications of Hsing-I, Bagua and Tai Chi.


The following weekend was no exception, everyone gathered in West Los Angeles (Stoner Park, no pun intended) for the second installment. Uncle Gary was joined by his regular group that has gathered at this location for over 18 years. Also, in attendance was their sister school locate in Alhambra, California directed by Sifu Orlando "Tito" Ayala and Steven Perez, along with Grandmaster Seming Ma, Abel, Frank, Robert and others. What a turn out! Uncle Gary led the workout going from the "Salute" to the "Blackbird" and going step-by-step in it's applications.
The following and last session was no less informative, Uncle Ron Shewmaker attended along with Sigung Richard Vera, Rick Zanotti and Older Uncle Simon. What a gathering with Support like this it's no wonder that Ng Ga Kuen is making a great comeback. I have no dought that this is the beginning of great resurgence in the Five Family/Five Animal system. To all the Masters that attended, our hats our off to you for supporting one another.


Gary, on behalf of all of us here in the U.S.A. we thank you for sharing your knowledge, but most of all we thank you for sharing your friendship. Thank you, for letting us share a bit of your life with us and our families. My little girl asked me on one of those sessions, "Dad, is it okay if I adopt Uncle Gary as my real uncle?" I just smiled and said, "honey he is your real Uncle Gary."
See you next year Uncle Gary.

[size=2][size=2]Written by: Sergio "El Cuervo" Rodriguez

Edited by - elcuervo on 06/26/2007 19:11:21
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elcuervo



USA
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Posted - 03/18/2008 :  13:15:09  Show Profile  Visit elcuervo's Homepage Send elcuervo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just want to mention that after a long silence I am finally back and have new projects inline. I also re designed my forum and here is the new address..

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