Through the years Tai Shing has become synonymous with Monkey kungfu, a system originated by Kau Sze
during the Ching Dynasty.Kau Sze was the chief of an armed escort service.
On one particular job he
was sent to escort some gold and silver being transported from north to south.When he
reached a small village in Guangzhou he
helped three young men to escape from being impressed into the army.Several army guards were hurt by Kau Sze
in the fight, and, in turn, the army chief ordered his
arrest. Kau Sze
was on the run.He
went to a local Pek Kwar kungfu master named Kan Wing Kwai for help.After he
had explained everything to Kan Wing Kwai, Kan decided to help him.Kan Wing Kwai let Kau Sze
kungfu school uniform and pretend to be his
student when the army came to search for him.However, the soldiers returned many times and finally caught on to his
disguise, and arrested Kau Sze
was sent to prison for 8 years. Kau Sze
went to the prison near the forest inhabited by many monkeys.He
wanted to escape from the prison, but he
learned that other prisoners' attempts failed not because they were stopped by the prison guards, but the monkeys.Kau Sze
was an expert of Tei Tong Kung Fu (a lower body kicking and ground rolling Northern Chinese kungfu style), so the security guards were not the obstacle; Kau Sze's problem was the monkeys.
Since there was nothing much else to do in the prison, Kau Sze
dedicated all his
time to watching and learning the monkey fighting. Kau Sze
discovered that each monkey had its own characteristic when it fought.Basically, monkey fighting places emphasis on movement (smooth, quick, unpredictable and clever), ground rolling and sudden attack.Since there are similarities between Tei Tong and monkey fighting techniques, Kau Sze
decided to combine them together and call the style Tai Shing Kung Fu.
categorized Monkey kungfu into five major styles: drunken, lost, stone, wooden and standing monkey.
When Kau Sze
was released from the prison, he
went to see Kan Wing Kwai.However, Kan had passed away and left a son, (our Sigong) Kan Tak Hoi.To appreciate the teaching and pay tribute to Kan Wing Kwai, Kau Sze
decided to take care of Kan Tak Hoi and teach him Tai Shing kungfu.
Sigong Kan Tak Hoi is the great grandmaster of Tai Shing Pek Kwar
learned Tai Shing kungfu from Kau Sze
and Pek Kwar from his
family, and combined them together.Since he
respected Kau Sze very much, he
used Tai Shing as the first part of the combined new kungfu name.Since then, we call the style Tai Shing Pek Kwar. Kan Tak Hoi learned Pek Kwar from the age of 8, and became the chief of security guard of an armed escort service when he was 17.
After a few years, he
joined the army and became the chief first class kungfu and self-defense instructor.When he
was 30, he
moved to southern China because of the war in the north.Eventually, he
moved to Hong Kong and opened his Tai Shing Pek Kwar school
...Once returning to Hong Kong, a filmmaker offered him the leading role in the movie Monkey Style Boxer Kau Sze.