About Us

In traditional gung fu, the term paai () refers to what most would call a unique style, sect, or system of Chinese martial arts.  The full name of our paai is Gong Sai Juk Lam Ji Naam Tong Long Pai (江西竹林寺南螳螂派).  (Going forward, we may use the terms paai and style interchangeably).

Let us take a deeper look at the characters that make up this title.  Gong Sai (江西) is the province in China in which the style originated.  Juk Lam Ji (竹林寺) means Bamboo Forest Temple, a unique temple in the bamboo forest where the origins of the style are purported to originate.  Naam Tong Long Pai (南螳螂派) means southern praying mantis style.  This distinguishes us from the branch of northern styles of Praying mantis gung fu. 

This style is often referred to as simply Juk Lam (often spelled Jook Lum), Juk Lam Tong Long, or Naam Tong Long Pai as seen in our stamped logo.  "Southern Praying Mantis" is the most direct translation of Naam Tong Long Pai, and it can be more easily understood by those who aren't familiar with Cantonese (廣州話).  

This style of gung fu is revered for being a effective - for self defense, longevity, and internal cultivation. 

The official name of our association is Gong Sai Juk Lam Ji Naam Tong Long Paai Gwok Seut Se.  This is the name of the paai, with the addition of Gwok Seut Se (國術社).

Gwok Seut Se means traditional martial arts association.  Gwok Seut (Guoshu in Pinyin) can be contrasted to Wushu (武術).  Gwok Seut emphasizes the fighting and self-protection applications of martial arts and is far more traditional, whereas Wushu emphasizes aesthetic and athleticism, and is a modern expression with is most common in the People's Republic of China.  Wushu can be very impressive looking when displayed however it does not place great emphasis on practical application, so it could be said that it is less practical for self-protection purposes.

In summary, we are a traditional Chinese gung fu association.  Our goal is to preserve and develop the knowledge of our lineage, and to create more opportunities for learning and growth through seminars and educational materials.  Our association can be thought of as the central governing body for this lineage.  Mark Gin Foon Sifu (麥振宽師傅) has appointed the 6th generation closed door disciples to manage the affairs of the association.  Though he is officially retired, he continues to spend time facilitating the growth of the style and the learning of so many students. 

三達

Saam Daat

祖師

Jou Si

李禪師

Lei Sim Si

師祖

Si Jou

張耀宗

Jeung Yiu Jung

師太公

Si Taai Gung

林榮輝

Lam Wing Fai

師公

Si Gung

麥振寬

Mark Gin Foon

師傅

Si Fu

 

 

 

Traditional gung fu styles grow and evolve by being passed down through the generations.  A Sifu may appoint one or more disciples to carry on the knowledge.  This chart illustrates our official lineage of Gong Sai Juk Lam Ji Naam Tong Long Paai, through our 5th generation Sifu, Mark Gin Foon. 

Please note that there may be many other off-shoots throughout this lineage.  For example, Lam Wing Fai's partner, Wong Yuk Gong (黃毓光) stayed in Hong Kong and continued to develop a distinctly different version of the style.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Mark Gin Foon was one of a group of five disciples selected by Lum Wing Fay to be a 5th generation closed door disciple.  This led Mark onto the path of becoming a master of the style.  In accordance with same tradition, Mark later selected five of his disciples as the 6th generation closed door disciples.  (Seen below).

Master Gin Foon Mark is seen on the lower left, on GM Lam Wing Fay's right side. 

Mark has continued teaching since Lam's retirement in the late 60's.

 

 

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On April 10th, 2008 Master Gin Foon Mark and five of his disciples joined at the world headquarters where the official ceremony was held, making them the 6th generation closed door disciples.  They are responsible for preserving and carrying on the style and managing the affairs of the association.

6th Generation Closed Door Disciples w/Master Gin Foon Mark -*top row left to right: Casey Fryer, Mark Ahlert, and Andre Balian *bottom row left to right: Greg (Chris) Christensen, Master Gin Foon Mark, and Bryan Baillie.

 

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