Master James Chee

澳洲国际少林五祖拳的起源与发展

徐⽂成师傅于1981 年22 岁时移民澳大利亚,并创办澳洲五祖拳训练中心。开始时班上学生只有8 个人,但是没过多久人数就稳步增加了。

要想了解澳洲国际少林五祖拳的发展,则首先要了解徐文成师傅的历史和故事。徐文成师傅1959 年生于马来西亚,是徐金棟大师家中排行第六的⼉子。10 岁时,他开始了五祖拳武術的训练,但并没有很认真的学习和训练。直到徐文成师傅16 岁时,兄弟之中武功最优秀的四哥因交通意外过世,父亲徐金棟大师因此⼗分悲痛。目睹此变故,徐文成师傅决定开始努力认真地接受武術训练。

从1979 年到1982 年间,徐文成师傅开始进行了集中而艰苦的武術训练,同时也向他父亲徐⾦棟大师学习传统的中医和跌打医疗。在4 年的集中强化训练中,徐文成师傅每天至少训练10 个小时功夫。清晨很早就会被父亲叫醒,并一直跟随父亲学习⾄深夜。徐金棟大师还吩咐徐文成师傅的两位师兄叶清海和马财顺陪他一起习武,致使徐文成师傅从中受益匪浅。

徐⾦棟大师一边传授他武功秘学,一边鼓励他指导跟授艺予其他学生。除了在马来西亚,他还陪同父亲去其它国家宣扬武術。父亲不断地给予徐文成师傅严密的训练和鼓励,使他尽可能准确地模仿自己的每一个动作,并希望有一天可以跟随自己的脚步把少林五祖拳传承下去。

在那段集中训练的岁月中,父亲徐金棟大师叮嘱徐文成师傅⼀定要举行拜师仪式。开始的时候,徐文成师傅感到很困惑,不明白为什么父亲想让自己成为徒弟。难道只是正常的父⼦关系就会影响到日常功夫的训练吗?后来,徐金棟大师解释说:“我是你⽗亲,你是我⼉子是没错。但是你必须拜师,这样我们既是⽗子也是师徒,从今以后你也是少林功夫门派的一员,其意义是不同的。”就这样徐⽂成师傅成为了徐⾦棟⼤师第一个拜师的儿子。若干年后徐文成师傅终于明白了拜师的真正含义。身为⼀个徒弟,他可以更好的被教导,理解和吸收功夫。他也明白,作为门派的一员, 他可以成为师父并有义务的保护和传承这个门派的武艺。

80年代初期,经常有外⼈进入学校对少林五祖拳进⾏质疑和挑战。徐⽂成师傅接受了很多挑战并获得胜利,一些挑战者最后竟成为徐⽂成师傅的学生。徐文成师傅也会亲自带领学生去参加⼀些武術比赛,赢得了无数奖杯与荣誉。⾄此,澳洲五祖拳学校的声誉也在本地传开。徐金棟大师经常抽空看望在悉尼的徐⽂成师傅,共同切磋,并传授内功心法,致使徐文成师傅的内功也非常精湛。在2000年徐⾦棟⼤师同时也积极建议徐文成师傅采用“澳洲国际少林五祖拳”为学校命名,以此期望澳洲的学校能够吸引更多国际学生来学习训练。

时至今日,已有超过400 名的海内外学生在接受澳洲国际少林五祖拳的学习和训练。澳洲国际少林五祖拳如今已发展到包括墨尔本在内的四家训练中心,作为徐金棟大师派系的唯一传承⼈,徐⽂成师傅也不负他父亲徐金棟大师的嘱托,成功的把五祖拳从马来西亚传扬到澳大利亚等其它国家,并予以发扬光大。

Master James Chee

Master James Chee immigrated to Australia in 1981 at the age of 22 and subsequently founded Wu Chu Chuan Australia. In the beginning there were only 8 students per class, however not long after student numbers began to increase.

In order to understand the development of Wu Chu Chuan in Australia we must firstly understand the history and story of Master James. Master James was born in Malaysia in 1959 as the 6th child of Grandmaster Chee Kim Thong. At the age of 10 Master James started his martial arts training. However, in his early years, he was less serious about his training.

During this time, out of all of Grandmaster Chee Kim Thong's children, his 4th son was the best in the Wu Chu art. When Master James was 16, his 4th brother passed away in a road accident. After witnessing his father's grief over his 4th brother's death, he became more committed to his martial arts training.

Between 1979 and 1982, Master James started focusing on his martial arts training, as well as learning traditional Chinese medicine and bone setting from his father. During these intensive 4 years of training he would train martial arts for at least 10 hours a day. Everyday at dawn he would be woken up by his father to learn from him until late in the night.

In addition to following his father’s training, Grandmaster Chee Kim Thong also invited two of Master James’ other kung fu brothers Yap Cheng Hai and Ma Jai Soon (叶清海和马财顺) to train alongside Master James. Master James improved immensely from this.

Grandmaster Chee on one hand would teach Master James martial arts and Chinese medicine and on the other hand would also encourage him to guide and teach other students the art as well. Master James not only accompanied his father throughout Malaysia but also went with him to other countries to help promote the art. Master James’ father constantly pressured him to copy his every action and uphold the fundamental techniques in the hope that one day he would be able to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a successful Wu Chu Chuan Master himself.

During his years of intensive training, Grandmaster Chee Kim Thong told Master James that he must undergo the discipleship ceremony. At the start Master James felt very confused as he didn’t understand why his father wanted him to become a disciple - why would their father son relationship be an obstacle to their daily kung fu routine? In the end, Grandmaster Chee explained by saying, “I am your father, you are my son so it does not matter. But you must become a disciple in order to become a disciple of the Shaolin Martial Arts and its significant meaning.” Master James became Grandmaster Chee Kim Thong’s first son to become a disciple. After a few years Master James started to understand the real meaning of being a disciple. As a disciple he could gain a deeper and more profound understanding of the art. In addition to this, he could eventually become the future protector of the Wu Chu Chuan art as well as the successor of the Chee Kim Thong Wu Chu Chuan lineage.

In the 1980’s many outsiders would often visit the school to test and challenge Master James. Master James was successful in the many challenges he accepted and often some of the challengers became his students.

Master James has also led some of his students to compete in martial arts competitions across Australia and overseas where they have won countless trophies and honours. Grandmaster Chee Kim Thong visited Master James many times when Wu Chu Chuan Australia was already renowned locally. After learning from his father, Master James’ internal energy skills became increasingly more powerful and refined.

In year 2000, under the recommendation of Grandmaster Chee Kim Thong, Master James decided to use International Shaolin Wu Chu Chuan - Australia as the name for his school and has attracted students from around the world to Australia to train the art.

At present there are more than 400 students training in the traditional Wu Chu Chuan’s style of kung fu in Australia and Malaysia. In Sydney, Wu Chu Chuan has already grown to include Melbourne as one of the four training centres. As Grandmaster Chee Kim Thong’s sole inheritor, Master James must live up to his father’s expectations to successfully spread Wu Chu Chuan from Malaysia to Australia and the rest of the world.