At Five Elements Studio, we practice the
kung fu system of Grandmaster Peter Kwok. This system includes the four main styles of:
Northern Shaolin (Longfist)
Tai Chi Chuan
(Guang Ping Yang Taijiquan)
Hsing Yi Chuan (Xingyiquan)
Pa Kua Chang (Ba Gua Zhang)
as well as Qigong (Chi Kung)
"These are primarily Taoist style martial arts and health cultivation practices from Northern China.
The Shaolin style is Buddhist in origin, coming from Shaolin Temple, but our Shaolin system also utilizes forms developed in
Taoist and Muslim regions of China.
Grandmaster Peter Kwok learned from many great masters, and compiled this system to use what he deemed to be the best of each, eliminating any material he felt to be excess repetition
of the same types of skills.
This leaves us with a large and comprehensive selection of forms and skills to practice. A student may choose which parts of the system are best for their needs, or study the entire system over time."
Grandmaster Peter Kwok (Kwok Wo Ngai)
Here are some of the masters that
Peter Kwok learned from:
"Some of this subject is a bit mysterious because of language barriers and other historical factors, so this is not a complete list. This list represents what we know the most about the subject."
Grandmaster Kuo Lien Ying
Kuo was Peter Kwok's main Taijiquan teacher, they came to North America from Taiwan at the same time during the travels that resulted from fleeing the persecution of the communist Cultural Revolution. Kuo settled in San Francisco, while Peter Kwok traveled to NYC and later NJ.
We thank Grandmaster Kuo Lien Ying for bringing Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi to America, he was the student of Wang Jiao Yu, who was the student of Yang Pan Hou, the son of Yang Lu Chan. Kuo also studied Xingyiquan from Huang Gin Yin, who was the student of Guo Yunshen. He also studied Baquazhang with Chang Hsin Zhai and Cheng Ting Hua.
Han Ching Tun
While Peter Kwok studied Shaolin Kung Fu with several masters, beginning with his own father, Han Ching Tun is the one we know the most about. He was a well known master in the Longfist styles, and among other things, taught Peter Kwok the Hua Chuan system. The Hua Chuan system is what makes up the advanced portion of our Shaolin curriculum.
Wang Zi Ping
While it has not been confirmed, it is highly likely that Wang Zi Ping was one of Peter's teachers. Wang Zi Ping was the creator of the 20 Methods Form and Drills, which is what typically forms the basic curriculum taught first to Shaolin students within the Peter Kwok system.
Jiang Rong Qiao
Jiang Rong Qiao was a very famous Baguazhang master, the student of Zhang Zhao Dong, who was the student of Cheng Ting Hua. Jiang was Peter Kwok's Baguazhang teacher, as is visible in the forms that we practice today which are quite similar to other examples of Jiang Rong Qiao style Baquazhang practiced by others. There are some small differences, which could reflect Grandmaster Kwok's own contributions, but as he generally did not alter any of the forms he taught, I would guess that these variations came from Kuo Lien Ying, who studied directly with Cheng Ting Hua. This however is merely speculation.
Giang Yung Chien
We know very little about Giang Yung Chien, who is listed as Peter Kwok's primary Xingyichuan teacher. What we do know is that he was a student of Guo Yunshen, one of the most famous masters of the style. The forms we study in the Peter Kwok system are from the Hebei school of Xingyichuan.
For more information on the history of the Peter Kwok System please click the link to view the website of the
Chinahand Kung Fu Academy of Brick, NJ