Leonardo practiced Kung Fu since 1996 to 2003, Style Choy Lay Fut, where he reaches the level of instructor.
The birthplace of Choy Lay Fut was in the county of Futsan, Guangzhou province,
Chang Heung was a village teacher who was known to be proficient in Martial
Art and he taught in the Chan Clan of King Mui village in Sun Hui county.
One day a young Martial Arts enthusiast by the name of Jeong Yim was
introduced to him. Jeong Yim was in need of temporary abode and Chan Heung
took him in. It was said that Chan secretly imparted his knowledge of the
Choy and Lay Kar fighting techniques to Jeong Yim, as strict traditional
clan rules forbid him from doing so openly since Jeong Yim was an outsider.
When the village elders discovered this secret years later, Chan had to send
Jeong Yim away. He gave him a letter of introduction to a Shaolin Monk by
the name of Chi Cho (Green Grass) at Mount Bakpei. (Chan was supposed to
have gone under the monk for study in the Shaolin fighting art years ago but
due to some reasons, it did not materialise). The monk accepted Jeong Yim as
He not only mastered the Shaolin Palm techniques but also acquired knowledge
on the use of herbal medicine from the monk. Before his departure from Mount
Bakpai, the Monk gave him an alias.
He was to be known henceforth as Jeong Hong Sing – with the implied meaning
that the Hong (Hung) Moon (Triad Organisation of that time) would “Sing” –
triumph over the Ching Government.
Upon his return to the village, Jeong Hung Sing awed the villagers with his
skill and was received warmly by Chan. Jeong Hung Sing reciprocated his
teacher by sharing his newfound skill with him. They accorded each other
with the respect as fellow disciples and began to synthesise the fighting
skill from the three different schools of Choy, Lay and Fut (Buddha).
The art which they referred to as “Fut Kar Zheng Zhung” – meaning, the
origin of Shaolin.
Every school of Martial Arts has their own unique form of salutation. The
founders of Choy Lay Fut developed a series of fast and successive movements
as the Choy Lay Fut salutation. These movements with esoteric names were
personifications of a poem, which contained revolutionary sentiments. The
poem consists of four stanzas with a main character in each stanza. When the
four characters were stringed together in sequence, it would read “Overthrow
the Ching, restore the Ming”
The founding of Futsan Hong Sing Koon
The name Jeong Hong Sing became synonymous to Choy Lay Fut. The first ever
Hong Sing Koon was founded in 1839 by Jeong Hong Sing in Futsan county of
Guangzhou province. Among his choice disciples were Chan Ngau Sing, Lei Yan,
Tam Lup, Lui Chan and many others.
There were soon more than a dozen branches of Hong Sing Koon in Futsan
county as the fighting art gained wide recognition. The popularity of this
Martial Art spread to other counties and cities. Many Martial Artists from
other schools came to challenge Jeong Hong Sing. They were all defeated.
Some became his students; other left with bruises and a bruised ego.
The death of Jeong Hong Sing
The popularity of Choy Lay Fut eclipsed the names of many other Martial Art
schools in Guangdong. It created much displeasure to the Martial Artists of
other schools because it affected their livelihood.
One day Jeong was ambushed by a group of armed men at the pier where he was
to board a boat to the Chan Village. He recognised some of them as Martial
Artists he had defeated before. A fierce fight ensued as Jeong used the
oil-paper umbrella he was carrying as weapon and put up a good fight.
Three of the assailants were dead and a number of them wounded as the rest
of them fled. Jeong was badly wounded as he staggered back to Futsan Hong
Sing Koon. He died from his wounds shortly after.
Regionalisation of Choy Lay Fut
Chan Hau Shing and the rest of Jeong’s students went on a rampage in Futsan
to seek out their teachers killers. Those who were responsible for the
incident went into hiding and in desperation, some of then sought refuge
with the Manchu government.
They charged that Futsan Hong Sing Koon was the headquarter of
anti-government activities. That led to a clamp down on Choy Lay Fut
practitioners and the closure of Futsan Hong Sing Koon.
Jeong’s students scattered and successfully spread Choy Lay Fut throughout