Fu Jow Pai

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Anonymous Monk of Hoy Hong Temple  ??-??
First Generation Grand Master Wong Bil Hong b.1841 d.1934
Late Grand Master Wong Moon Toy b.1907 d.1960
Grand Master Wai Hong b.1938
Other Key Dates 1
1876 Wong Bil Hong begins studying Hark Fu Moon
1927 Wong Moon Toy begins studying Hark Fu Moon
1934 Wong Bil Hong renames the system Fu Jow Pai
1934 Wong Moon Toy arrives in New York City
1940 Wong Moon Toy started teaching Hung Gar3
1957 Chinese Youth Athletic Club formed for the instruction of Fu Jow Pai (private)
1960 Wai Hong becomes the successor of the system
1968 Chinese Youth Athletic Club becomes Fu Jow Pai Federation, opens to the public

Fu Jow Pai (Chinese: 虎爪派, Cantonese Jyutping: Fu2 Zaau2 Pai3, Mandarin pinyin: Hǔzhuǎpài, literally "Tiger Claw School", also "Tiger Claw System" or "Tiger Claw Style"), originally named "Hark Fu Moon" (Chinese: 黑虎門, Cantonese Jyutping: Hak1 Fu2 Mun4, Mandarin pinyin: Hēihǔmén, literally "Black Tiger School", also "Black Tiger System"), is a Chinese martial art that has its origins in Hoy Hong Temple.4 The system "was modeled after the demeanor and fighting strategy of an attacking tiger. The striking movements are lightning fast, agile and powerful. Techniques unique to Fu-Jow Pai are ripping, tearing, clawing and grasping applications."15


Fu Jow Pai Grand Masters trained in the following additional styles:

  • Wong Bil Hong mastered Hung Gar under Wong Kei-Ying and his son, Wong Fei-Hung.
  • Wong Moon Toy mastered Hung Gar under Lam Sai Wing + Wong Bil Hong and Mizongyi under Lau Chook Fung and Doon Yuk Ching before training in Hark Fu Moon with his uncle, Wong Bil Hong.
  • Wai Hong also learned (most notably) Hung Gar, Mizongyi, Choy Lee Fut, and T'ai chi ch'uan.26


In 1971, Wai Hong sponsored the first all open style full-contact kung fu tournament in the US and which became the model for future US full-contact tournaments.citation needed6 He also founded the Eastern United States Kung-Fu Federation, which he led for eight years.7 Fu-Jow Pai has appeared in multiple movies, documentaries, and tournaments.28

See also


  1. ^ a b c Ng, Wai Hong (1979). The Heritage of FU-JOW PAI Tiger Claw. Fu-Jow Pai Federation. 
  2. ^ a b c San Chuan, Hou Sheng (2006). "Synopsis of Tiger claws clan and Master NG Wai Hong (TRANSLATED)". New Martial Hero Magazine (15): 19–21. 
  3. ^ Lam Sai Wing Memorial Book, 1951
  4. ^ "About the Fu-Jow Pai - Tiger Claw Kung Fu System". Fu Jow Pai Federation. Retrieved 2007-05-21. 
  5. ^ Francisco, Carlos (2006). "Following the Tiger's Path". Inside Kung-Fu 34 (7): 62–66. 
  6. ^ a b Ye, Yongkang (2006-08-26). "少林功夫 风靡世界 (Shaolin kung-fu taking the world by storm)". Qiao Bao. Retrieved 2007-05-21. dead link
  7. ^ "Sifu Chow bio -- Eastern U.S. Kung Fu Federation". Integrative Wing Chun. Retrieved 2007-05-30. 
  8. ^ Cater, Dave (1995). "Inside Kung-Fu Hall of Fame: Man of the Year". Inside Kung-Fu 22 (2): 42–44. 

Further reading

  • Ng, Wai Hong (1978). The Secret Iron Hands of Fu-Jow Pai. Fu-Jow Pai Federation. 
  • Ng, Wai Hong (2007). Fu-Jow Pai 50th Anniversary. Fu-Jow Pai Federation.