The Choy Li Fut (蔡李佛) system combines the martial arts techniques from various Northern and Southern Chinese kung fu systems; the powerful arm and hand techniques from the Shaolin animal forms from the South, combined with the extended, circular movements, twisting body, and agile footwork that characterizes Northern China’s martial arts. It is considered an external style, combining soft and hard techniques as well as incorporating a wide range of weapons as part of its curriculum. Choy Li Fut is an effective self defense system particularly noted for defense against multiple attackers. It contains a wide variety of techniques, including long and short range punches, kicks, sweeps and take downs, pressure point attacks, joint locks, and grappling.
According to Bruce Lee:
“Choy Li Fut is the most effective system that I’ve seen for fighting more than one person. [It] is one of the most difficult styles to attack and defend against. Choy Li Fut is the only style [of kung fu] that traveled to Thailand to fight the Thai boxers and hadn’t lost.”
-from Bruce Lee – Between Wing Chun and Jeet Kune Do, by Jesse Glover
Choy Li Fut is about angles and body mechanics. For the Choy Li Fut practitioner speed is power, power is power, skill is power, and technique is power. Hong De uses a progessive method of sparring, with beginning students studying Chi Sao (Sticky Hands), a low-impact form of upright wrestling, and working toward full contact sparring.
Lead instructor Adrian Stockman has been studying martial arts since 1995, starting with traditional Chinese external martial arts and progressing to the more subtle styles of “Tai Ji” and “Zui Chuan”.
His first instructor, Des Jackson, lives and teaches Choy Li Fut kung fu in central Florida.
Adrian subsequently moved to China where he trained with a number of excellent teachers. His two primary instructors were Liang Wei Yong, teacher of Hung Sing Choy Li Fut in the city of Foshan, and Chen Gen Quan, teacher of Chen village Tai Ji.
Adrian is currently working with “Nefu Fighting Systems”, a local self defense program, to bring quality instruction to the youth community in the Twin Cities, giving options to inner city kids beyond just “hanging out”.
He has taught kung fu in the Twin Cities at Yinghua Academy (a Chinese immersion school in St. Paul), Higher Ground Academy, Twin Cities Chinese Dance Company, as well as to the Minnesota China Academy, a Saturday school for Chinese language held at Macalester College in St. Paul.
“I have been training in Southern Chinese martial arts for seventeen years, and have been teaching since 2006. I started learning Kung Fu in Florida with Sifu Desmond Jackson, while going to university. Following that I spent six years in China, where I met my second teacher (Sifu) Liang Wei Yong.”
“At Hong De I am trying to carry over the great things that were shown to me. We are constantly looking for ways to make ourselves, our school, and our lives better.”
Sifu Adrian knows very well that the path of learning is long and winding, so several times each year Hong De hosts local and not-so-local martial arts experts to come in and share with us what they can, when they can.
Hong De Choy Li Fut and all its members hope you will come in and see for yourself the possibilities.
Train hard and be safe!
Hong De Choy Li Fut, Inc.
508 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104