We are seeking dedicated members willing to embrace and learn our precious Kung Fu style. The information here will better help you understand the Kung Fu style we teach in Norwich. Beginner classes £10 per lesson pay as you train.
- Monday | 18:30 - 19:30pm (intermediate level Kung Fu)
- Monday | 19:30 - 20:30pm (beginner level Kung Fu)
- Tuesday | 19:30 - 20:30pm (intermediate level Kung Fu)
- Wednesday | 18:30 - 19:30pm (advanced level Kung Fu)
- Thursday | 18:30 - 19:30pm (beginner level Kung Fu)
Kung Fu style.
Choy Li Fut 蔡李佛 is one of the five main traditional Kung Fu systems, it’s practiced worldwide. Bruce Lee started to learn Choy Li Fut towards the end of his life, this quote is what Bruce Lee had to say about Choy LI Fut Kung Fu. “Choy Li Fut is the most effective system that I've seen for fighting more than one person. It is one of the most difficult styles to attack and defend against. Choy Li Fut is the only style that traveled to Thailand to fight the Thai boxers and won.”
Within Choy Li Fut Kung Fu there are sub-categories or as we call them lineage branches. The most authentic lineage branch is King Mui, named after the village of it’s origin. Niel completed his training in King Mui village, with one to one tutelage with the last Keeper Chan Sun-Chiu. On April 22, 2013 the last Keeper passed away and three people became his successors of the lineage, they are; Chan Yong Jian, Chan Yong Fa and Niel Willcott. Now King Mui village is used as a museum and events centre for the celebration on Choy Li Fut Kung Fu.
The Choy Li Fut style of Kung Fu has many forms, each form containing practical application and detailed techniques. A form is a sequence of moves you will learn and rehearse. Each movement in a form has special meaning, shows a unique technique or a martial application. We have forms for hand to hand, a range of forms for weapons and weapons against weapons. There are forms to suit an individual students body type and temperament. For example the Snake form suits a calm, patient methodical mind. The Crane form suits a hyperactive and anxious individual. The Tiger is for solid and robust students. The Drunken form which mimics the movements of a drunkard suits someone with an unorthodox and rebellious nature. There are many more forms including ten animals and over fifty unique weapons. Niel will help choose and teach the best suited forms for you.
The lineage of Niel’s knowledge can be directly traced back over 3000 years directly to the Buddha, although our organisation is not religious we still keep much of the Buddhist tradition and etiquette. One tradition is choosing a direct inheritor to learn one to one from the master. Each master would choose one student to take over and inherit the lead role. In Buddhism the person in this role was called the Patriarch of Buddhism. After 32 generations of inherited Buddhist Patriarchs the title went to the Bodhidharma he then travelled to China creating Zen Buddhism and the physical training program he called Lohan. The Lohan physical training program over time led to the creation of Shoalin Kung Fu. The tradition of a single inheritor was still in place and was passed from Abbot to Abbot over the next 1200 years. From the first Abbot to Choy Fook 1835AD the last Abbot after the final fall of the Shoaling temple.
The inheritance was now passed to Chan Heung who studied in hiding with the last Abbot. Chan Heung created the Choy Li Fut style and naming it in honour of his teacher. The most direct line of the Choy Li Fut lineage stayed in King Mui village passing down to Chan Heung’s great grand son Chan Sun-Chiu. Chan Sun-Chiu known as the Keeper passed this knowledge onto his only living student Niel Willcott, the founder of our school Lohan Martial arts.
Niel can’t remember a time that he wasn’t either learning, practicing or teaching martial arts. He attended his first class at four years old. Learning Judo, boxing, Karate and many other styles, it was at the age of nineteen in 1996 that Niel started learning Choy Li Fut Kung Fu.
In the next following eighteen years Niel went from a beginner in a class to the youngest living 5th generation successor of which there are only three in the world Chan Yong Jian, Chan Yong Fa and Niel Willcott. In 2010 Niel was given the title of Grandmaster from his teacher the Keeper Chan Sun-Chiu. This is a formal title that Niel seldom uses he prefers his students call him Sifu, this is the traditional name for a teacher.
In 2005 Niel competed at the 1st World Traditional Wushu Tournament in Zhengzhou in China. This was and still is histories largest martial arts tournament. Niel won two silver medals and at the age of twenty eight retired from martial arts tournaments.
In 2000 Niel started teaching Choy Li Fut Kung Fu in Norwich, originally under the name of Hung Sing martial arts, in 2013 changing the name to Lohan Martial Arts. Niel has been invited to teach seminars in many countries and has a large international following.
Ranks and Kung Fu syllabus on video.
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Foundation level | no title:
- Small arrow fist form
- Small leopard fist form
- Lively horse form
- Five wheel horse form
- Five wheel fist form
- Nine star blocking fists
- Wall bag iron fist form
Intermediate level | titles: Si-hing / Si-jie
- Siu sup ji (small cross pattern) form
- Butterfly knives form
- Su moi fa form
- Broad sword form
- Fut san sup ji (cross pattern) form
- Staff form
- Leopard vs tiger two person form
- Hung Sing long fist form
- Two person staff form
- Cross pattern tiger form
- Yee jong eight direction form
- Eighteen Lohan (the 1st form)
Black belt level | titles: Da Si-hing / Da Si jie
- Small five animal form
- Double dagger form
- Ping kuen form
- Daggers vs hands two person form
- Ping jang kuen form
- Spear form
- Tiger form
- Double broad swords form
- Crane form
- Horse bench form
- 2nd Two person staff
Advanced black belt level | title: Sifu
- Cross pattern of Kau da
- Cane form
- White hair form
- Iron arrow fist form
- Double broad sword vs spear two person form
- Large cross pattern form
- Gum ji form
- Horse chopper form
- Buddha palm form
- Guan yin palm form
- Hook swords form
Senior advanced black belt level | title: Tai-Sifu
- Wooden dummy forms
- Snake form
- Crane form
- Leopard form
- Dragon form
- Elephant form
- Monkey form
- Horse form
- Lion form
- Drunken forms
Master level | Title: Master
- Additional secret forms
- Beginner class only £10 per lesson pay as you train
- £39 for one class each week payed monthly (average of £9 per class)
- £70 for two classes each week payed monthly (average of £8 per class)
- £99 unlimited (including Tai Chi, yoga and Qigong) classes payed monthly
- £40 per hour private tuition
Paying through a standing order. Monthly payments can be created any day in the month that suits you. Payment must be made on the same day each month as a standing order from then onward. We ask that you give your name as the transaction reference, this will help us identify your payment. Our schools bank details are below.
NAME: HUNG SING MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL
ACC NO: 87480988
SORT CODE: 720004