Well Known Martial Art Exponents & Actors

templeLegendary Masters

Fong Sai-yuk (方 世 玉) He is first introduced in Wuxia stories from the Qing Dynasty (last dynasty of China, ruling from 1644 to 1912 ) is believed to be a young hero of his clan with immense kung fu talents. It is also believed that Sai-yuk mastered the Tai Chi Ch’uan style of kung fu. Fong Sai-yuk was a member of the Red flower pavilion formed by the forging of the Five Elders (The survivors from the Shaolin temple are called the Triad Five Elder) and Ming loyalists.

Wong Fei-hung (黃 飛 鴻) 1847 – 1924: considered a Chinese folk hero during the Republican period. More than 100 Hong Kong martial arts movies were made about his life, portrayed by Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan and Jet Li, etc.

Huo Yuan Jia (霍 元 甲) 1867 – 1910: Founder of Chin Woo Athletic Association, who was known for his highly publicised matches with foreigners. His biography was portrayed by Jet Li in the movie, “Fearless”.

Yip Man (葉 問) 1893 – 1972: Master of the Wing Chun system and the first to teach this style openly. He was the teacher of Bruce Lee.

 

Well-known Actors

Bruce Lee (李 小 龍) 1940 – 1973 Bruce Lee’s Biography
Sammo Hung (洪 金 寶) Born 7 January 1952 Sammo Hung’s Biography
Jackie Chan (Chan Kong-sang: 成 龍) Born 7 April 1954 Link: Jackie Chan’s Biography
Jet Li (Li Lian Jie: 李 連 杰) Born 26 April 1963 Jet Li’s Biography
Donnie Yen (甄 子 丹) Born 27 July 1963 Link: Donnie Yen’s Biography

 

Well-known Historical Places In China

Shaolin Monastery (少林寺) – is a Chán (Mahāyāna) Buddhist temple at Song Shan (Mount Song), near Zhengzhou City, Henan Province in Dengfeng, China. Link: Shaolin Temple

Wudang Mountains (武 當 山) – are a small mountain range in the northwestern part of Hubei Province of China, just to the south of the city of Shiyan. Link: Wudang Mountain

Mount Hua or Hua Shan (華 山) – is located in Shaanxi Province, about 120 kilometres east of the city of Xi’an, near the city Huayin in China. Link: Mount Hua Shan

Mount Emei or Emei Shan (峨 嵋 山) – is a mountain in Sichuan province, Southwest China with its capital in Chengdu. Link: Mount Emei Shan