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This profile was last updated on 6/17/05  and contains information from public web pages.
 
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Employment History

  • Monkey Style Boxer
    Tai Shing Pek Kwar
  • Movie Monkey Style Boxer
    Tai Shing Pek Kwar
  • Chief
Web References
Tai Shing Pek Kwar
www.tspk.com, 17 June 2005 [cached]
Monkey Style Boxer Kau Sze
History of Tai Shing Pek Kwar in the movie
The movie Monkey Style Boxer Kau Sze is the best classic kung fu movie about a specific kung fu style featuring the Grandmaster and his students.
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Kau Sze, (starring Grandmaster Chan), injures many soldiers in self defense when they try to force him into the army.Kau Sze is eventually overwhelmed by the immense number of soldiers and captured.With the help from Master Kan Wing Kwai, a local kung fu master, Kau Sze is able to escape from the custody of the military.The army chief, kung fu master Master Kar Yee Men (starring Master Sek Kin) uses his power to send Kau Sze to jail and later seize Kan Wing Kwai's kung fu school.The first half of the movie is filled with action of Pek Kwar and De Tong kung fu.
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The real fight starts after Kau Sze is released from jail.He uses Monkey kung fu to battle Kar.
Through the years Tai Shing has ...
ezine.kungfumagazine.com, 13 Feb 2013 [cached]
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 wear his 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. He 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.
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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.
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Kau Sze categorized Monkey kungfu into five major styles: drunken, lost, stone, wooden and standing monkey.
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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.
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Once returning to Hong Kong, a filmmaker offered him the leading role in the movie Monkey Style Boxer Kau Sze.
Roger Smart's Studio of Martial Arts : Tai Sing Pap Kar Moon (Monkey Axe Fist) Style
www.rogersmart.com.au, 18 April 2003 [cached]
The external monkey kung fu style traces its heritage back to 1842, being developed by Kau Sze (Kao See). Kau Sze was the chief of an armed escort service and an expert in the Tei Tong kung fu style (a lower body kicking and ground rolling Northern Chinese kung fu style). He was later arrested and sent to prison for eight years after he helped three men to escape from being forced into joining the army, and in the process severely injured several army guards. Legend states that while in prison for accidentally killing a Ch'ing dynasty conscription officer, he studied the hunting and survival movements of a near-by monkey family in an effort to keep physically fit and mentally alert. He studied how they played, their attitudes and fighting habits. His training continued until he was released, later becoming known as the Monkey Master. He combined the learnt monkey techniques with that of his previous Tei Tong style.
Later Kau Sze taught Ken Tak Hoi the Monkey and Tei Tong styles.
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Although monkey styles do vary, Kau Sze categorised them into five major styles, being Drunken Monkey, Lost Monkey, Stone Monkey, Wooden Monkey and Standing Monkey.
Kungfu Magazine: Magazine Feature Article
forum.kungfumagazine.com, 5 Feb 2005 [cached]
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 wear his 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.He 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.
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Kau Sze categorized Monkey kungfu into five major styles: drunken, lost, stone, wooden and standing monkey.
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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.He 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.
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Once returning to Hong Kong, a filmmaker offered him the leading role in the movie Monkey Style Boxer Kau Sze.
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