After seeing the now classic film ‘Enter The Dragon’ starring the late Bruce Lee back in 1973 I thought to myself what a cool thing it would be to take up and learn the martial arts.
I was 17 years old back then and my knowledge of the fighting arts were very much limited to boxing and the such like so you can imagine how impressed I was at seeing the remarkable fighting skills of the Asian martial arts.
After visiting several martial art schools in the area I finally found one that looked suitable for me and was very impressed at the teaching standards on offer.
My selection of this martial art club was totally based on what I could see and the remarkable skills of the instructors taking the class. They were teaching Chinese Boxing, (or Kung Fu as many call it these days), but although they were not Chinese teachers it was clear to see that they had been trained by others to a very high standard.
My initial interest at learning the combat arts at that specific club were totally based on what the instructors were teaching, and back then in the early stages of my training, it never crossed my mind as to what the fighting style was called or even the history of it for that matter – only what was involved and hoping to survive to the end of the lessons. In fact at that point in time I thought all Kung Fu was the same and had no true idea that there were countless other styles of Kung Fu around that each had their own way of doing things and a history of their own.
Not thinking that knowing the history of the combat style I was doing had any true value at that point in time I did not bother to ask further on this subject until around a year later after I attended a seminar type of class in London that had students and teachers from other clubs there and a few, (less than a dozen as I recall at the time), who were Chinese. In fact I did not find out until after the seminar was over that one of them was in fact the main teacher and founder of what we were learning.
I was lucky to meet him during that seminar but it was no more than a nod and a smile and a simple hello as his English did seem somewhat limited and my understanding of Chinese was zero.
His name was Chu Sau Chong, (spoken as Chung), although I was never sure – even to this day – if I had spelt his name correctly.
He did visit the UK a second time that same year, (1974), when he oversaw events at another seminar event that was mainly to do with grading tests but that was the last time I met him.
From what I was told about him he taught an eclectic mix of fighting methods that he called ‘Golden Dragon’ and it was regarded as a family style, not a closely guarded secret style, but just limited within his own family circles before coming over to the UK in the early part of the 1960’s to show and teach others.
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