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The White Eyebrow Hup Ging Do Logo

The White Eyebrow Hup Ging Do logo consists of a yin yang with a lightening bolt crossing its center.

 

The yin yang is comprised of two components, the dark component and the light component. The yin yang represents an endless cycle of opposing forces resulting in balance and continuous change. The yin yang has no beginning and no end. Its smooth circular lines flow continuously from one side to the other. The Chinese believe that balance is crucial in all aspects of life.

The yin yang also shows us the duality of opposites. Unlike the conventional view of opposites as completely independent of one another, the yin yang shows us that opposites are interdependent. One cannot exist without the other and further more, within one force we find the presents of its opposite. One can see from looking at the symbol that within the white component there is a black dot and within the black component there is a white dot. This is a very important concept when acquiring a deeper understanding of martial arts that goes beyond what one sees on the surface.

 

The lightning bolt represents the sudden explosion that occurs when lighting strikes. An instant frightening explosion without warning is how we would describe the "ging" power that one aims to achieve when studying the art of Hup Ging Do Kung Fu. The lighting bolt also represents the electric power of internal chi which is the energy that flows through all of us.

 

 

Ging Power

The term "Ging" in the name "Hup Ging Do" refers to the power that the Hup Ging Do style uses. "Look-ging-chiy-fat" means the explosion of the six elements of ging power working in unison to create one explosive force. The six elements of ging are:

To generate power one must keep the body very relaxed. The body responds with explosive force as though struck by lighting. In a single instance all six components of ging react together to create ging power. One makes the transition from ultimate softness to ultimate hardness for a single moment before returning to softness and ready for the next explosion. The more relaxed the body is prior to the strike, the more effectively one is able to generate power. The sudden jolt of the body is similar to the way a tiger will shake its body dry after emerging from a body of water. Attacking with ging mimics the attacks of a tiger. They are swift, sudden and vicious. When one is able to generate proper power, each attack is like an explosive vibrating shockwave delivered at the opponent.

 

 

Do

The "Do" in "Hup Ging Do" means the training of the body and mind and understanding the ideology and philosophy behind kung fu. Martial arts is more then just physical force and combat. To truly study martial arts is to also adapt a way of thinking and living. To become a great martial artist once must look beyond the physical body and also seek to strengthen ones mind and find peace of mind. This is necessary for continual development. A healthy body and a healthy mind are both elements of a great martial artist.

 

 

White Eyebrow (Bak Mei)

White Eyebrow is a southern internal style of Chinese Kung Fu. Its origins come from Say-Choon-O-May-San, a famous region of China know for its martial arts. The creator of White Eyebrow was Bak Mei, a Toaist who earned the name Bak Mei because of his white colored white brow that he had from a very young age. The art was passed down and eventually came to be passed to commoners. Cheung Li Cheun was the first commoner to learn the art of White Eyebrow kung fu. He took White Eyebrow kung fu and brought it to the public eye where is soon became famous for its fast strikes and great power. Cheung Li Cheun was able to spread the art to the world through his teaching.

 

 

Lau Style White Eyebrow (Lau Pai Bak Mei)

The Lau style of White Brow that is taught at the Academy was created by Master Lau Fai, his brother Master Lau Keung and their father Grand Master Lau Chun.

 

Their style of White eyebrow takes the primary and fundamental elements of White Eyebrow and combines it with the various other arts that they have learning and been exposed to over a great number of years. Influencing styles include Shaolin, Mo-Dong and many other styles of kung fu. Thus the style is comprised of the fundamental principles of White Eyebrow with key distinguishing elements of other styles.

 

Among the distinguishing features include the hard power of Shaolin, the softness and flow of Mo-Dong as well as the power, demeanor and manner of the various animals notorious to Chinese Kung Fu. The 10 creates are: dragon, snake, tiger, leopard, crane, lion, elephant, horse, monkey and eagle. Especially evident are the speed of the dragon and the ferocity of the tiger. It is the killer instinct of the tiger that best describes the mind set of a Hup Ging Do practitioner.

 

Appearance wise, the strikes of Bak Mei look short but are actually quite long. By dropping the shoulders and bringing the shoulders forward and having the chest and stomach sunken and elbows down and tight to your center line your reach becomes deceivingly long.

 

Ging is an internal reaction. Power comes from the hips and legs. Thus your stance, often referred to as your horse stance when speaking of Kung Fu, is very critical. The White Eyebrow horse stance is approximately 1/3 smaller then a conventional Kung Fu stance. This allows for better mobility and faster transitions. To make up for the lost stability of a smaller stance, the toes clench the ground. Like the roots of a tree, the toes work to anchor your body to the floor.

 

To attack the entire body explodes. The clenching of the teeth combined with the flexion of the neck muscles protects your head from a possible counter attack. The body is like a bow and your arms are like arrows. To attack is to release the arrow.

 

When fighting, a White Eyebrow fighter controls the action. Always the aggressor, we step in and force yourselves upon the opponent. Stepping in is critical because it makes your attacks harder to avoid or counter.