About Us

International Shaolin Wu Chu Chuan Australia (澳洲國際少林五祖拳) is a martial arts school based in Sydney, Australia. The school teaches a style of kung fu known as Wu Chu Chuan (also known as 五祖拳, Wu Zu Quan, Ngor Chor or in English, Five Ancestors' Fist) which originated in the southern Shaolin temple in Fujian, China.

Origin of Chee Kim Thong’s Wu Chu Chuan

Wu Chu Chuan is one of the martial arts disciplines originating from the Yuan Dynasty. Baik Yu-Feng, the son from a wealthy family, decided to renounce his worldly possessions and seek ordination in the Shaolin Temple. Baik, who was already skilled in many different styles of martial arts, saw that many who were trained in Shaolin skills had since left the temple.

Of significance was the “Eighteen Luohan” skills taught by Bodhidharma that had helped when China was in territorial disputes and wars. These skills were of help to Emperor Li Shi Min in the Tang Dynasty.

In order to not lose the seventy-two special skills of the Shaolin Temple, Baik Yu Feng invited the exponents who had since left the temple for a discussion as to how the Shaolin skills could be brought back to the Shaolin Temple.

Of importance are the advanced skills of five masters who excelled in “qi gong” and movement techniques which could be assembled to form a new and simple martial art and therefore the origin of the art of “Wu Chu Chuan” was born.

五祖拳的流传与徐金棟大师的渊源、发展与传承

五祖拳的流传始于元朝白⽟峰披薙入少林的时候。当时白玉峰是富家子弟,但致力于拳術的研究。在其披薙入少林寺时都已精通很多门派的拳術了。入⼭后,他觉得少林拳術自达摩祖师创了十八罗汉手,又经过了唐朝少林僧替李世民东征西讨以后,少林拳的很多好手都离开了少林寺到各地发展去了。为了复兴少林拳,以免其七十二绝技失落了可惜。于是,白玉峰就把少林的同门都邀请回寺,相互研究,把少林拳重新整理编排。其中有五位都是⼀派的高手,有的气功好,有的身法好。这样一来,白⽟峰就请他们把自己的特长都贡献出来,再加
以整编研究后,集成一派外形简单易学很重实际的新拳術。这就是五祖拳产生的经过。