Introduction to Yellow Dragon Fist
The name Yellow Dragon was chosen to honour the meeting between
a Taoist monk, Loi Dong Bung, and a Buddhist monk, Yellow Dragon.
This led Loi Dong Bung to learn to understand compassion and achieve
enlightenment. After this he taught his wisdom and compassion to
a great number of people leading to many of them also achieving
Master Simon Wong chose the name Yellow Dragon also
to honour the open mindedness of Loi Dong Bung. In many fields,
not just the Martial Arts, people who are specialists in their profession
often have a great deal of arrogance, and will not humble themselves
to listen to a different point of view. Loi Dong Bung was remarkable
as despite his great knowledge he was open-minded enough to listen
Loi Dong Bung
During that time Loi Dong Bung had already achieved (physical) immortality, and had become quite arrogant. When he met Yellow Dragon, he was showing off about his achievement, trying to prove he was the best, until Yellow Dragon pointed out to him: "Even if you can live forever, what is the difference between you and my iron staff?"
That means the important thing is the "meaning" in life. If you don't have compassion, there is no life at all. An iron staff can exist forever, but it has no meaning - where is the life?
After that revelation, Loi Dong Bung began to understand that he was wasting his time achieving something unimportant, and then humbled himself to learn from Yellow Dragon. He began using his wisdom and compassion to help other people. That is what made him a legend.
Wisdom and compassion are like the wings of a bird - on one side widsom, on the other side compassion. Without each other, the bird cannot fly.
This style of kung fu is a refined interweaving
of the devastating power and aggression of Southern
Mantis Kung Fu, combined with the internal secrets of Tai Chi. It incorporates
hard & soft Chi Kung for internal and external power development,
together with meditation for spiritual cultivation - making a complete
kung fu system.
The style was created by Master
Simon Wong, a 7th Generation Master
of Bamboo Forest Temple Mantis Kung Fu, and a 8th Grade Black Sash
with the A.M.A. He is the UK representative of 100 Day Chi
and the founder of the Rainbow Chi-Kung Institute. He has mastered
both the Small & Large Circle styles of Yang Family Tai
Chi Chuan and has studied Wing Chun, Pak Mei, Hung Gar and Taekwondo.
Master Wong explained the following about his system:
"In the modern age, Yellow Dragon Fist Kung Fu is the
antithesis of commmercial martial arts. One could say that it is
than the traditional. Many people believe that by learning classic
kung fu moves they are learning traditional kung fu. In fact this
is not so. Not many people realise that traditional kung fu
is learning to be humble and develop your mind to achieve enlightenment.
So without this true philosophy, it cannot be traditional kung
fu. Today, most 'traditional' styles do not place such importance
upon training the mind. There is old chinese saying that even kings
and generals cannot learn enlightenment. This is because they cannot
humble themselves and relinquish the power and wealth.
Yellow Dragon Fist Kung Fu the aim is
to achieve enlightenment. By realising that "reality" is
just an illusion, one can learn to have no attachment and complete
freedom of spirit.
It is possible to break through your own karma, and achieve freedom
from the six realms (hells, hungry ghosts, devils, animals, humans,
For this reason Yellow Dragon Fist Kung Fu is so supreme, but also
I can tell you now that Yellow Dragon
Fist is harder than the 36 Chambers in the Shaolin temples. How can this be?
This is because the 36 Chambers doesn't go as deeply into the
mental side to begin with. This approach can lead to problems
later on as the students become too attached to the physical
aspect. Yellow Dragon Fist trains you both physically
and mentally from the beginning.
It is the mental aspect that is the most important. Physically,
I can turn you into a fighting machine in just one year. Mentally,
even after ten years, many people will find it hard to change
their bad habits. So you can see it is the mental side that presents
the biggest challenge.
yourself is better
than winning 1000 battles"
(an old Chinese saying)
Students who are unable to change mentally do not last long.
Even after students stay over 10 years, if they cannot change
they will still have to leave. Only when they have learnt from their
mistakes may they come back.
Yellow Dragon Fist is really training us to overcome our own
problems such as jealousy, anger, hatred, impatience etc. At
the end of the day it is down to us to change ourselves. A
Master can only show you the way; it is up to the students whether
or not to take the advice. However, sometimes they do not have
a real master to show the way. Nowadays you cannot find too many
real Masters around, only instructors. To be a Master, you need
wisdom. Without it, all you have is the blind leading the blind,
causing themselves and others damage.
In contrast, commercial martial arts schools will rarely kick
the students out. They will keep them as long as possible to
make more money. I believe that if you train students that
do not have good characters, it will cause you bad karma in
the future. I prefer quality, not quantity. If martial artists
haven't leaned to develop their mental side, they haven't started
real martial arts training yet.
this why Yellow Dragon Fist is more traditional than the traditional.
It focuses on the mental progress of each student."
The individual component parts of the Yellow Dragon
Southern Mantis Kung Fu
Southern Mantis systems are a much respected style of Kung Fu
with simpler, more effective techniques than the Northern variations.
These Kung Fu styles are designed to inflict maximum damage on an
Tai Chi Chuan
- Internal Kung Fu
Tai Chi Chuan means "Supreme Ultimate Boxing System"
and is the most advanced of the internal styles of Kung Fu.
Chi Kung is an ancient system of deep breathing exercises. Its
history can be traced back over 3000 years to ancient China and
has always been used extensively in kung fu.
Master Wong has trained to a very high level spiritually, and is
a spiritual master. As such
the kung fu syllabus places great emphasis on developing a clear
and peaceful mind and includes training on how to attack & defend