Paul Chan had been teaching martial arts for 51 years.
At age 11, he began training in
Chinese martial arts, and throughout the course of his life, he has
studied under three famous masters and trained thousands of students.
At age 11, Master Paul Chan began training under Grandmaster Wong
Chun Yip in October 1943.
Grandmaster Wong, a boxer of
Lee Fut, taught martial arts at Chunyung village in the Chong Lau
district of Guangdong province, People's Republic of China.
Grandmaster Wong later established himself in Fow Shek village where
he opened the Heung Hing Federation and took thirty children between
the ages of 8 to 15 as his students.
Paul Chan was among the thirty
students to enrol in the school and spent 6 years under Grandmaster
Wong's gruelling regimen. Forging their skills with hard work and
discipline, Grandmaster Wong made his students recite the following
dictum on a daily basis, "Never be afraid of the strong, for you
have fast hands and feet. Develop fast hands, quick eyes, powerful
techniques, and a quick mind."
After six long years under Grandmaster
Wong's arduous training regimen, Master Paul Chan had built a solid
foundation in Chinese martial arts. With refined skills and spirit,
this would mark the very beginning of Master Paul Chan's journey.
Tutelage Under a Legend
In 1949, Master Paul Chan took what he had learned in mainland China
and moved to Hong Kong. While in Hong Kong, Master Paul Chan began
training under the legendary boxer Grandmaster Chan Dau.
A native of Bon Li Won village, Grandmaster
Chan Dau was a descendant of the powerful Yuan family. As one of
Guangdong province's famed Ten Tigers, he was a man with a formidable
reputation and a consummate warrior. Chan Dau is the founder of Do Pi or the
Style of the Way.
Master Paul Chan learned Do Pi, or the
Style of the Way, under Grandmaster Chan Dau. Over the course of many
years, Master Paul Chan excelled in the style and forged a strong
bond with Grandmaster Chan Dau. The two men shared a special
relationship, as Master Paul Chan soon became the Grandmaster's
"personal bodyguard" at every important occasion.
With a strong knowledge of Do Pi,
fighting application techniques, and heigong, Master Paul Chan took
what he learned from Grandmaster Chan Dau and later moved to Canada.
A New Legacy
In 1961, Master Paul Chan founded Hong Luck Kung Fu Club with a
handful of associates in Toronto, Canada. Since that time, Hong Luck Kung Fu
Club continues to share Choi Lee Fut and Do Pi with
dedicated students of the martial arts.
Master Paul Chan also holds a black
belt in judo, which he earned under Sensei Frank Hatashita between
the years of 1958 to 1965.
Grandmaster Paul Chan passed away on
July 5, 2012 in Toronto. Our new head instructor is Grandmaster Gin
North American Kung Fu Federation
Confederation of Canadian Wushu Organizations
Brother, Canadian Chinese Free Masons
Canadian Do Pi Association
Philippines Southern Chinese Wushu Association
Chairman, Guangdong Province Choi Lee Fut Association
Chairman, Guangzhou City Physical Education Association
Supervisor, Ontario Federation of Martial Arts
Western Canada Chinese Wushu Association
Chairman, Taishan City Wushu Association
Chairman, Hong Kong Chan Dau Do Pi Fist Association
Instructor of Do Pi and Choi Leet Fut, Hong Luck Kung Fu Club