Pak Mei Study Group
Cheung Lai Chuen, Founder of Pak Mei Kung Fu
Pak Mei Pai (白眉派) is a system of Chinese martial arts that was officially formulated by Master Cheung Lai Chuen (宗師張禮泉).
Cheung Lai Chuen was born in 1889. Within the district of Waiyeung (惠陽). He was enthusiastic in practicing martial arts. In his life, he had learned martial arts from four martial arts Masters. The last Master was Master Chuk Fat Wan, 3rd generation master of Pak Mei. Though he admired the essence of Pak Mei martial arts, he did not forget the teachings from his former three Masters. He decided to combine what he learned in the past wiith Pak Mei concepts utilizing the waist, footwork and power.
Master Cheung Lai Chuen opened his first Martial Art School in Wai On Lane, Guangdong. He also had been a military instructor for Wong Poe Military Academy. After the Second World War, he moved to Hong Kong with his three sons and continued his teaching.
Pak Mei or Bak Mei (白眉) in Cantonese, meaning White Eyebrow and is a traditional, internal, and external kung fu style from southern china with Hakka heritage supposedly developed by a shaolin monk. The Mandarin (Pinyin) transcription for Pak Mei is Bai Mei. The first character means "White" (白), the second means "Eyebrow" (眉).
Sometimes Pak Mei is referred to by Pak Mei Kuen
(白眉拳) meaning "White Eyebrow Fist", by Pak Mei Pai (白眉派) meaning "White Eyebrow Style", or by Pak Mei Ga meaning "White Eyebrow Family" (白眉家).
Pak Mei is a highly sophisticated, fast and aggressive system that is rarely seen within the realm of Chinese martial arts today. It can be classified as a short-range, southern, external and internal kung fu style.
Pak Mei Kung Fu is a strong but mobile system, foot base is essential. So the foot posture is in a special triangle. It can be stable and rapid. Upper limb movement must be fast, light and short. Similar to bending a rattan cane and then release it. All the energy releases on one point. After that, let it return. This consumes very little energy. This enables multiple attacks when the bodies get closer and closer.
All the attacks point to the sensitive part of the body, like ears, eyes, throat, underarms, sides, solar plexus and groin.
Kicking is relatively low, rarely goes above the groin level.
In every motion, different parts of the body must coordinate. The speed and force is generated by a strength called Geng Jat Ging (驚紮勁 sudden explosive power).
Our Pak Mei Lineage
Seated Grandmaster Cheung, Standing: ( from the left ) 5th Chin Dor, 6th Ng Nam King, 8th Kwok Wah, 9th H.B. Un.
Grandmaster Cheung Lai Chuen in the center, Sifu Ng Nam King on the left, and Sifu Chin Dor on the right.
Dr. Richard M. Chin holds a M.D. from Far Eastern University in the Philippines and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine from the California Acupuncture College and the Chinese Center in Hong Kong. He is a master of several martial arts, including; Tai Chi Chuan, Jow Ga and Pak Mei Kung Fu. He is the founder and director of the Q.M. Institute, one of the first clinics in New York to combine Eastern and Western medical practice.
Master Chin Pak Mei teacher:
Grandmaster Chin Dor. Was one of the elite inner circle students of the pak mei system.
Martial Arts bio
Pak Mei: He is a indoor disciple of Grandmaster Chin Dor. Dr Chin is 6th Generation pak Mei.
Jow Ga: He is a indoor disciple of Chan Man Cheung and is 3rd generation Jow Ga.
Chen Tai chi under B P Chan
Korean Karate 6th Dan under Master S Henry Cho
2nd Degree Black Belt in Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo
Sifu Chin Dor