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Wu Zhu Quan was created from the main strength of each of the following 5 distinct (each equally effective in its own right) styles of martial art: 1. Luohan - ( 罗汉  Arhat Boxing, especially good in footwork and punching) 2. Taizu ( 太祖 The First Sung Emperor’s Style – postures are very majestic, but it is a very ‘hard’ system) 3. Baihe ( 白鶴 White Crane – renowned for swift and powerful attacks. Training of the sinews!), 4. Dasheng ( 大圣 Monkey Style – agility and ground work), and  5. Xuannu ( 玄女 “The Virgin Art” – very soft but lethal art). This art is believed to be closely related to Okinawan Goju Ryu and other styles of karate that incorporate Sanzhan (三战 )as one of their forms. There are conflicting views on the fifth contributor. You may find in some articles that Tat Moh (Bodhidarma) is cited as one of the five. Other articles that you may come across include Tat Moh as the original five, and a sixth mysterious lady in purple dress that helped put together the five arts in a more simplistic, coherent and effective way. At any rate, while it’s good to know the roots of one’s martial art system, it is counter productive to go down the path of claiming and counter claiming what the history should or should not be. It benefits no one to feud over our dearly departed. Knowing the history well is one thing, knowing how to execute the art well is another thing. My view is to treasure what was passed down to us from the past, focus on the present and look towards the future to ensure the art is not lost. The following short account of the history of Wu Zhu is based on what was told to me by my Sifu. This art goes way back to one person called Pai Yu Feng from the Shaolin Monastery at Shongshan, Henan during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1367AD).  The monastery produced many legendary masters and many had equally left and dispersed throughout the country. Pai Yu Feng wanted to ensure this did not leave a void in the monastery. So, he invited many of these master to return to the monastery. Amongst those who acknowledged and returned were five exponents, each was an expert in a particular martial art system. Pai Yu Feng persuaded these five experts to collaboratively review, share their knowledge and eventually created Wu Zhu Quan. The Shaolin Monastery subsequently survived the reign of several dynasties but not without great calamities. Most notable was during the reign of the Qing Dynasty. Many anti Manchu activists sought refuge at the monastery. The Qing army invaded the monastery consequently it was extensively damaged. Those exponents who survived the attacked escaped to south China, specifically Fujian. As they settled down, they taught and spread their arts to places like Putian and Quan Zhou. Wu Zhu Quan was one of those martial arts that managed to prevail. Over time, the art of Wu Zhu Quan spread to neighbouring countries like Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia as more people migrated to escape persecution or to seek a better living. Under such circumstances, it was not unusual for exponents to hide their real identities and refrain from revealing too much or even the truth to those that crossed their path, including their students. And that gave rise to current controversies surrounding the origin of Wu Zhu Quan. Master Chee Kim Thong set up his first school of Wu Zhu Quan in Kuala Dungun in Malaysia. Master Chee learned from Grandmaster Lim Yen and the lineage continues as depicted below.

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Grandmaster Lim Yen Master  Chee Kim Thong Teo Cheng Her 4th Disciple Yap Cheng Hai  1st Disciple KwokChingPang  2nd Disciple Chan See Meng  5th Disciple Tan Boon Pin  3rd Disciple
These are the five inner chamber disciples who went through the initiation rite.