Yan Shou Gong, martial art for longevity
Yan Shu Gong is a combination of movements from various schools of Chinese martial arts (Wu Shu), including Qi Gong. It is specially formatted for busy people of today who wish to practise Chinese Wu Shu for good health as well as a form of self-defense.
Yan Shu Gong is designed by two Malaysian Chinese martial arts masters whose names are renowned in the Chinese martial art circle all over the world. They are late Grandmaster Datuk Chee Kim Thong and his number one disciple late Grandmaster Yap Cheng Hai.
Seeing the vast number of people wishing to learn martial art but have neither the time nor the perseverance for the rigorous discipline required, Grandmaster Yap Cheng Hai saw the need for a simplified and more flexible form which should still bring the health benefits for the practitioners. He therefore proposed to Grandmaster Datuk Chee Kim Thong to format a new set of martial arts which combines selected movements from the various schools, including Wu Ji Quan and Lohan Ruyi Quan, passed down to Grandmaster Datuk Chee Kim Thong by the Shaolin monk, Grandmaster Yit Chaan. Together, they selected the movements carefully for the various benefits.
Chinese martial art movements are mostly very complex involving many sets of movements. For example, the Lohan Ruyi Quan contains 108 sets of movements. Each set again comprises minor sets of movements and each sub-set consists of more than 10 movements. No wonder then that it takes an average student years to learn. It is one thing to memorize the movements and another to perfect them through the guidance by the masters and dedication to practice.
Yan Shou Gong is formulated to eliminate the tedious learning process of having to follow fixed sets of movements and rigid sequence. It consists of sets which are each independent of the next and may be practised each on its own. Thus students may join in a class at any point. But ultimately, they will learn all the 36 sets. It is good for beginners and advanced learners alike.
Grandmaster Yap Cheng Hai said: "Regularly practising Yan Shou ong will serve to energize you and bring good health. There is no rigid sequence and although you may have learnt all the 36 sets of movements, you may select your favorite and practise only that daily. It is that flexible."
Yan Shou Gong contains the essence of Chinese Wu Shu that Grandmaster Yap Cheng Hai wished to give to the world. His son and successor in the field of martial and health arts, Master Yap Boh Heong leads Yan Shou Gong courses.
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