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Leong Sil Jong

 

Leong Sil Jong was born in 1826. At the age of 10, he began his journey to enlightenment by becoming a disciple of the Shaolin temple on the top of mount Slung-San in Honan Province. During his 50 years of training in the Shaolin Temple, Leong Sil Jong became a master of both the northern and southern Shaolin systems taught there.

Throughout its history, the highest priests of the Shaolin Temple followed the tradition of refining the Kung Fu they were taught by incorporating there own experiences and knowledge into the systems. This tradition started with the first student of Da-Mo, Chiu-Kam-Lo, who modified the exercises created by Da-Mo, designed to develop the practitioner's Chi, by incorporating the study of the five animals.


Although the idea of modifying the art might lead one to believe that these changes were simply altering the traditional art, and losing its purity, in fact, before any of these innovations could be introduced into the systems, they had to be approved through a long process of deliberation, in which the other Shaolin priests of the age discussed any proposed alterations. Also, only the highest masters of the temple were allowed to introduce any changes to the art.

After becoming a Grandmaster and the highest priest of the Shaolin Temple, Leong Sil Jong followed this tradition and introduced a new style of Kung Fu, which he referred to as Fut Gar. The style was a combination of the flowing techniques of the Northern Shaolin systems combined with the power of the Southern Shaolin systems.

After 50 years of living in the Shaolin Temple, Leong Sil Jong decided to set out on a journey to spread his art through out China. He felt that the knowledge he attained at the Shaolin Temple, instead of being a guarded secret of the priests, should be shared with the public, for the good of the people. Upon entering the province of Wong-Nam, Leong Sil Jong met a nobleman who pleaded with him to teach his son Kung Fu. The son's name was Hue Lung Gong, who was a frail and sickly boy. At first, the priest refused because he wanted to spread his knowledge throughout China, but when the nobleman offered to build a school for him, he relented. Leong Sil Jong was now able to teach not only the nobleman's son, but also the people of the village.

Hue Lung Gong studied with Leong Sil Jong until his death in 1908. Not only did Hue Lung Gong become strong and healthy, but he mastered Leong Sil Jong's art of Fut Gar. It was around this time that the priest's nephew, Leong Tin Chee, heard about his uncle's school and set out for Wong-Nam. However, when he arrived, he learned that Leong Sil Jong had passed away. After seeing Leong Tin Chee's determination and spirit, Hue Lung Gong passed on his knowledge and the system of Fut Gar to the younger Leong.

 

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