Generalisations abound in Martial Arts periodicals, however, ‘Kung Fu Secrets’, true to title, provides detailed insights into this field from expert perspectives. Edited by Grandmaster Yap Leong it offers a unique view of contemporary Kung Fu, key practitioners, central issues and related subjects.
Kung Fu Secrets’
The Magazine appears occasionally and, currently, has 3 Volumes to its name with a 4th eagerly awaited by its readers due to the scope and depth of its analysis of contemporary and historical aspects of traditional Kung Fu. Presented with engaging frankness, ‘Kung Fu Secrets’ is an essential prerequisite, in many U.K. martial artists’ eyes, for an understanding of events and issues transcending the superficial.
Grandmaster Yap Leong
Grandmaster Yap Leong, disciple of the late, much lamented Grandmaster Chee Kim Thong of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the periodical’s’ Editor, produces issues which are models of insight and erudition. The First Edition, Volume 1, was a sell-out success and is now considered a collector’s item. The next 2 issues Volumes 2 and 3 are, however, still available.
Recurrent themes include regular celebrations of the teachings, life and achievements of Si Jo Chee plus insights into the activities of the Chee Kim Thong Association (Malaysia based) under the Leadership of Grandmaster Chan See Meng. Detailed expositions of various aspects of Wu Tzu Chuan (5 Ancestors Fist) in particular and other Kung Fu styles such as Eagle-Claw and Praying Mantis, reflect the editor’s encyclopaedic subject knowledge and his correspondents’ expertise.
Qi and Qigong
Issues relating to Qi or ’empty force’ and Qigong are dealt with authoritatively, highlighting differences between genuine practice and real achievement in this field and more fanciful accounts. Kung Fu’s origins are also set out in similar uncompromising fashion, followed by discussion and explanation of key areas of Martial Technique and strategy, including concepts such as ‘adherence’ applicable across a range of styles.This is accompanied by anecdotal doses of the editor’s sage wisdom gleaned from years of running a Martial Arts concern in London’s Chinatown.
Grandmaster Chee Kim Thong
Nevertheless, it is the teachings, exploits and abilities of Shaolin Grandmaster Chee Kim Thong, of whom the Editor is a disciple, which link together the three current volumes. Those desiring authentic insights into the traditional ways of Chinese Martial Arts will find this periodical’ grants their wishes, as will those seeking inspiration to undertake or continue a Martial career in the details of Si Jo Chee’s remarkable attainments which the magazine provides.
‘Kung Fu Secrets’ Magazine is available from Shaolin Way www.shaolinway.com