Thank you for sending in your comments and questions. Here are some of the questions that have been asked.
How can you tell if your art is real?
We have many helpful suggestions on this website. The only way to probe, is to ask questions specifically about the instructors background. There should be other schools of the same style, not originating from the person that you are questioning. Senior classmates would be helpful. Is it a program taught commercially for money? A real art has history and tradition. A real art is much more than kicking and punching.
Why are you so secretive?
Nm Ging stated that as the art becomes more known, more will claim it. What you see on the web and in magazines comes from a book written by H.B. UN. The purpose of this book was to inform the public that the style was real. The history was put forward along with the pictures and names of the todei (teachers). The reality is that if you are from Cheung Lai Chun, you are one of these men or can prove you are a direct line from one of these men. We are not interested in spreading the art to the general public and while there are many of us, we are very quiet. I have never met a real one that was interested in the limelight.
I am living in__________, could you tell me if there is a Pak Mei instructor in my area?
Pak Mei teachers are very quiet professional men who do not have to teach for a living. An example would be our family line. My teacher is retired and consults for an oil company owned by another Pak Mei source. He builds and races cars in his spare time. Cheung Sui-Man deals in precious gems between Asia and Vancouver. Nm Ging was a very wealthy businessman.
Can you tell me the names of the forms in Pak Mei?
We have stated before, ask your teacher if you are a Pak Mei practitioner; otherwise, why would you care? Knowing the names of the forms would not help you. We will say this, the first set is jik bo and is our training set. Sup gee comes from Loong Ying and was changed by Cheung Lai Cheung to add our essence. Sup gee is our demonstration set and that would account for the weird versions out there. A tradition of Pak Mei is not to teach for money. It is only passed down the old way. It is true that Cheung Lai Chun taught in Canton, however, he also had a profession. He made up sets for money when his apothecary business did not do well. He was also skilled in other styles, which are documented in Un’s book. Another misconception put forward by those who claim a different line, but conveniently only know history from a book or from other web sites, which copied from a book, is the origin of the style. The style was named by Cheung Lai Cheung after the source Pak Mei. I have read of claims of lines of Pak Mei such as futshan, which comes from sources they cannot verify, yet they use sets created by Cheung Lai Chun. Shades of make believe or video?
What do you teach in London?
We teach a general curriculum that consists of Hung Kuen, Northern Sui Lum, Loong Ying weapons, Pak Mei weapons and short fist boxing. Pak Mei is a sufu style and not suitable for beginners. I have taught a little of it to people with very high ranks, coming from teachers who have decades in the arts. They had great difficulty with our beginning sets. With a background in short fist, I can teach the footwork and hand controls. In Chinese arts, weapons are taught early. With a solid background in Chinese arts and years of loyalty, my students could qualify. This is our way and the real way, anything else is for money. Once a student qualifies, he or she spends two years with jik bo stepping and sliding with exposure to our punch. It takes a long time to develop a credible fist technique. Our sets are given as one set a year…sometimes one set in two years and there are four hand sets along with weapons before gau bo toi, which is the measure of proficiency…much the same as tiger and crane is the measure of Hung Kuen. What comes after gau bo toi is our business and not to be given out here.
Are there other related branches that are close to Pak Mei?
Yes! Yau Gun Moon and Un Moi and one other.