Introduction

Pak Mei Kung Fu is one of the most aggressive and explosive martial arts, rarely seen within the Martial Art Circuit. It is a lethal martial art style, not modified for sporting applications. Only few people can handle the rigors of training this fighting style, but to those who can it generates fast effects, increasing physical health and self-confidence.

Principles and Categorization

Pak Mei is one of the few systems that combines both Shaolin and Taoist Practices into a single fighting style. Bak mei contains elements of internal and external training, soft and hard, emphasizing both the combination of the science of combat along with the Taoist principles of using the chi, or breath, to maximize the generation of power from within the body and to maintain health. In Bak Mei, Chi Kung is incorporated into every aspect of the art, unlike most arts which contain supplemental exercises to develop the chi.

Bak Mei uses Geng Jak Ging, known as sacred power, an explosive and ferocious delivery of power that enables a technique to change quickly from a soft and relaxed movement into a powerful strike upon impact. While the use of relaxed leverage rather than unrefined muscular tension is typical of internal styles, to the untrained observer, this can look quite external, or as using brute force. Thus, from the outside this style looks quite external, while it is in fact primarily internal. Hand techniques are executed between short and mid-range distances; hand movements are fast and powerful. The footwork is also very quick and aggressive.

The structure of the Bak Mei fist method and the shape of the body and hand movement are very important. The light, soft and compact and rapid movements of the hands generate very strong, fierce, tricky, complicated, sinking, floating, opening and closing movements. Bak Mei is also a very powerful system with the added advantage of attacking near and quick, which attracted the interest of many kung fu students.

The style of Bak Mei closely follows four basic principles. They are known as Fou or Float, Tou or Spit, Tun or Swallow and Chum or Sink.

Possibly due to its geographical isolation, Bak Mei has become known as a "secret" and "forbidden" style. Traditionally it has been passed down uninterruptedly from teacher to student - often father to son - to this day.

History and Origins

Pak Mei Kung Fu was founded by the Taoist Monk, Pak Mei, in China, in 1647. He was nicknamed White Eyebrow due to the white color of his eyebrows. He is said to have been one of the legendary Five Elder - survivors of the destruction of the Shaolin Temple by the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and a pivotal figure in the legend that details the genesis of modern Kung Fu . He is also considered a controversial figure, for his brutality and betrayal of the Shaolin Monastery to the government. The monk Pak Mei passed his art to his sole heir Gwong Wei.




Bak Mei
(Pak Mei Kung Fu, Pack Me, White Eyebrow Kung Fu)

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