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Tang Fong

西關老虎

Dang Fong (1877-1955) 

Sai Guan Lo Fu

 

    Dang Fong was a native of Sam Soi, Guangdong Province in southern China.  He had been fond of martial arts since he was a boy.  His father was good at Maoshan sorcery and had some knowledge of martial arts.  He also followed the "code of the brotherhood."  Dang Fong eventually moved to Guangzhou.  There he began to study Chinese Boxing at Master Wong Yau's martial arts school which was located at De Xing Li in Guangzhou.  Wong's teachings emphasized leg positioning and waist bending and maintained a strict study of only these two aspects for a year.  Dang Fong became dissatisfied with Wong's teaching, so he transferred to Wah Lum Temple to learn from the Buddhist Master Yuen Yin.  It was from Yuen that Dang Fong learned his Left-Plum-Flower spear set.

    Dang Fong admired the well-known martial artist Master Wong Fei Hung whose martial arts skills had their origin in the Southern Siu Lum Temple.  His martial arts had been passed on from Luk Ah Choi and Hung Hei Gune to Wong Kay Ying and from Wong Kay Ying to Wong Fei Hung.  Dang Fong became a student of Wong Fei Hung's in order to learn Hung Kuen - barehanded exercises.  Having mastered these exercises, Dang Fong established a martial arts school at Yong Xing Heng Street, West Chang Shou Street, West Guan, in Guangzhou.  He taught many students and became known as "The Tiger of West Guan西關老虎 ."  He was once employed in the army as a military arts officer.  Because of this, he was able to recruit students from everywhere.  Finally, he went to Hong Kong to set up a martial arts school.  He also held the concurrent post as a Chinese doctor, specializing in treatment for bruises, sprains and similar ailments.  He served the poor and his superb medical skills were highly praised by the citizens of Hong Kong.