Hung Hei (Chinese: 洪熙; pinyin: Hóng Xī; Cantonese Yale: Hung Hei) 1745–1825, born Huadu, Guangdong, China, was a major influential figure of Southern Shaolin Kung Fu.
Hung Hei 洪熙官was originally named Jue 朱 and was a tea merchant. He escaped to the Southern Fujian Shaolin Temple after he had an argument with a few upper class Manchurians during the Qing Dynasty when the Manchus were in control. Abott Ji Sin accepted him into the temple and soon found out how talented and hardworking he was in Southern Shaolin Kung Fu. Ji Sin was impressed by these qualities and soon began to teach Hung the Tiger style that he specialized in. After six years he became number one of the top ten of the laymen followers (they were people who went to the temple to learn pure kungfu directly correlated to the creation and roots of then known religion. Only known by the highest level monks). However, afterwards the Qing government destroyed the temple because the temple gave refuge to many rebels who wanted to restore the Ming Dynasty. Hung Hei had 2 mentionable students:
1. Luk Ah Choi 陸亞采, founder of Hung Ga 洪家
Luk followed Hung Hei and also Hung's teacher Ji Sin 至善 learning Southern Shaolin Kung Fu. Becoming a revolutionary Luk named his style Hung Ga 洪家, not after Hung Hei but after Hung Mun 洪門, the triad.
2. Lei Jou Fun 李祖寬, founder of Hung Fut 洪佛
Lei was a wealthy man who sought out skilled martial artists whom he could learn from. When he met Hung Hei he invited him to stay at his house where the servants called him Hung Hei "Goon 官" meaning "official", a name which seems to have stayed with him.
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