About the Shaolin Wahnam International School
The Shaolin Wahnam International School is the source and foundation of the Shaolin Cosmos Arts being taught by our Shaolin Wahnam instructors in London.
We teach Shaolin Kung Fu, Wahnam Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chun) and Qigong (Chi Kung).
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The 10 Shaolin Laws
1. Required to respect the master, honour the Moral Way and love fellow disciples as brothers and sisters.
2. Required to train the Shaolin arts diligently, and as a pre-requisite, to be physically and mentally healthy
3. Required to be filial to parents, be respectful to the elderly, and protective of the young.
4. Required to uphold righteousness, and to be both wise and courageous.
5. Forbidden to be ungrateful and unscrupulous, ignoring the Laws of man and heaven.
6. Forbidden to rape, molest, do evil, steal, rob, abduct or cheat.
7. Forbidden to associate with wicked people; forbidden to do any sorts of wickedness.
8. Forbidden to abuse power, be it official or physical; forbidden to oppress the good and bully the kind
9. Obliged to be humane, compassionate and spread love, and to realize everlasting peace and happiness for all people.
10. Obliged to be chivalrous and generous, to nurture talents and pass on the Shaolin arts to deserving disciples.
The Most Influential Past Masters of our School
History, Influences and Lineage of the past masters
The below except is from Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kits own website at Shaolin.org
The Lineage of Shaolin Wahnam
We in Shaolin Wahnam are very proud of our lineage which can be traced back directly to the two southern Shaolin Temples, as illustrated in the chart above.
Not many people realize that there were two southern Shaolin Temples, one in the City of Quanzhou, and the other on the Nine-Lotus Mountain, both located in Fujian Province of South China.
During the Ming Dynasty (14th to 17th century) a Ming emperor built a southern Shaolin Temple in the City of Quanzhou in Fujian Province as an imperial temple to replace the northern Shaolin Temple in Henan Province. This temple was burnt by the Qing Army around 1850s led by the crown prince Yong Cheng with the help of Lama kungfu experts from Tibet.
The Venerable Chee Seen escaped and built a secret southern Shaolin Temple on the Nine-Lotus Mountain, also in Fujian Province. This temple was also soon burnt by the Qing Army, this time led by Pak Mei who was a classmate of Chee Seen in the southern Shaolin Temple in Quanzhou.
The northern Shaolin Temple on Song Shan or Song Mountain in Henan Province remained throughout the Qing Dynasty. In fact, the Chinese characters, “Shao Lin Si” which means “Shaolin Temple” at the Main Gate of the Temple were written by the Qing Emperor, Qian Long. This temple was burnt only in 1928, 17 years after the fall of the Qing Dynasty, by rival Chinese warlords. Its burning was by cannon fire and had nothing to do with kungfu.
Our Grandmaster, Sifu Wong Kiew Kit, learned from four sifus, or teachers. Grandmaster Wong’s first sifu was Sifu Lai Chin Wah, more widely known by his honorable nick-name as Uncle Righteousness. His second sifu was Sifu Chee Kim Thong, regarded as the living treasure of the People’s Republic of China during his time. Grandmaster Wong’s third sifu was Sifu Ho Fatt Nam, the third generation successor from the southern Shaolin Temple at Quanzhou. His fourth sifu was Sifu Choe Hoong Choy, the patriarch of Choe Family Wing Choon.
It was no co-incidence that all Grandmaster Wong’s sifus were patriarchs of their respective styles because Grandmaster Wong sought for the best available teachers. Our school, Wahnam, is named after Sifu Lai Chin Wah and Sifu Ho Fatt Nam as much of our instructional material came from them.
Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit the founder of Shaolin Wahnam
Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit has dedicated over 70 years of his life to the Shaolin Arts.
Grandmaster Wong has taught Shaolin Cosmos Qigong (Chi Kung), Shaolin Kung Fu, Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) and the Zen Arts globally for more than 25 years. His school has qualified instructors worldwide that include the countries of Canada, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, USA, Venezuela, Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates.
He is the founder of the Shaolin Wahnam school, and he received the Qigong Master of the Year award at the Second World Congress on Qigong 1997 in San Francisco (United States).
He has several books that have been published in multiple languages on the above arts and philosophy. Some of his His books include Chi Kung For Health and Vitality, The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan, The Complete Book of Zen, Sukhavati: Western Paradise and The Art of Chi Kung.
One of his latest book published in 2015 is the special & limited edition; The Way of the Master, An Autobiography of a Boy Who has Become a Living Legend.
A Quote from the Grandmaster
A Shaolin disciple, for example, is trained to be courteous and considerate, brave and righteous, assess problems and situations with calmness and clarity, and attend to duties with zest and loyalty. While the philosophy of many martial arts mainly focuses on how to be stoic and hurt the opponent, Shaolin philosophy teaches gentleness and a love for life. The twin pillars of Shaolin philosophy are compassion and wisdom.
— Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit