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Lama Sing Lung 升 隆 长老
Sing Lung Lama was the eleventh generation heir to the Lion's Roar system. And who was assigned the responsibility of inheriting the style for his ability not only spiritual but also martial to understand, capture, develop and demonstrate the entire style. In 1865, he was sent to a small monastery in Guangdong (Canton) province known as the 'Hing Wang' Green Cloud Monastery (also called the Blessed or Happy Cloud Monastery) on Ting Hu Mountain, in the Lake in the Chao Ching district, at the time of the pirate Chang Pao Chai domain.Sing Lum was more interested in martial arts and the study of Buddhism than politics itself. and he quickly made friends with the Chinese monks. But Sing Lum taught or shared very little about the Lion's Roar system, which by then the Chinese called it Lama Pai. After the death of the presiding monk of the temple, he became Abbot, or head of the temple, later in his old age he received some student-children. Among the first to be accepted were Chan Yang, Chou Heung-Yuen, and Chu Chi-Yu. Chan Yang and Chou Heung-Yuen both died relatively young and apparently did not have any students with noted courage or development. Chu Chi Yu accepted only a few disciples and with whom he shared the most was a student named Wong Lam Hoi 黄 林 开 and among others he kept what he had learned hidden from the general public. Among the other students were: Chu Cheung, Lei Seung-Dong, and Chiu Dihk. These students kept what they had learned very closely and only accepted a few disciples later.
Tibetan Lama Pai
While today the martial arts known as Tibetan Lama Pai, Tibetan White Crane (白鶴派), and Hop Gar (俠家) exist as relatively distinct lineages and/or organizations, all originated with a single figure known as Sing Lung during the Qing Dynasty and taught a martial art then known as “Lion’s Roar” (獅子吼).
The original Lion’s Roar system is attributed to a monk named Ah Dat-Ta (阿達陀), also sometimes known as the “Dai Dat Lama”. Ah Dat-Ta was born in 1426 and was a member of a nomadic tribe that traveled throughout Tibet and Qinghai. He was an active young man who practiced horsemanship, wrestling (Shuai-Jiao) and a special type of joint-locking (seizing and controlling skill). After being ordained as a monk in Tibet, he also learned a martial art that was apparently Indian in origin.
For several years Ah Dat-Ta retreated to the mountains to live in seclusion, studying Buddhist texts and practicing meditation. He also hoped to improve his martial art skill. One day Ah Dat-Ta’s meditation was disturbed by a loud sound. He left the cave he had been meditating in to investigate and found an ape trying to capture a crane. He was astonished. Despite the ape’s great size and strength, the crane eluded the great swings and pecked at soft, vital points. Ah Dat-Ta was inspired to create a new martial art.
Ah Dat-Ta created a system that mimicked the deft evasion and vital point striking of the white crane and the ape’s powerful swings and grabbing techniques. It was based upon the number eight, an important number in Chinese cosmology and numerology. The fundamental fighting theory was known as the “eight character true essence”. The “eight character true essence” can be roughly translated as “strike the place that has a pulse, never a place that has no pulse, and stretch the arms out while keeping the body away.
The system consisted of 8 fist strikes, 8 palm strikes, 8 elbow strikes, 8 finger strikes, 8 kicking techniques, 8 seizing (clawing) techniques, 8 stances and 8 stepping patterns.
Based on a line found in the sutra known as “The Lantern Passing Record”, this new system was called Lion’s Roar (獅子吼). According to this sutra, upon the birth of the Buddha, he stood up, pointed the finger of one hand to the sky, the finger of the other hand to the earth and roared like a lion to announce he had arrived. Lion’s Roar was considered the Tibetan Lamas’ special gift, directly from Buddha.
The last two disciples of Lama Sing Lung were Wong Yem-Lam 王 隐 林 and years later Wong Lam-Hoi.
“He taught us a lot about friendship and all the things you can accomplish as a team.”
Wong Yem-Lam 王 隐 林
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