Fu Jow Pai (Chinese: 虎爪派, literally “Tiger Claw System”), originally named “Hark Fu Moon” (Black Tiger Kung Fu System), has its origins in Hoy Hong Temple. The system “was modeled after the demeanor and fighting strategy of an attacking tiger. The striking movements are lightning fast, agile and powerful. Techniques unique to Fu-Jow Pai are ripping, tearing, clawing and grasping applications.
LATE GRAND MASTER WONG MOON TOY
Wong Moon Toy was born in the Guan dong province on April 21st, 1907. He began training in kung fu at an early age. When he turned 20, he had already mastered Hung Gar and Mi Chung I and was accepted as a disciple under his Uncle Wong Bil Hong in Hark Fu Moon, Black Tiger style. Although he had mastered two other systems, training in Hark Fu Moon was notably arduous and rigorous. To reach the standards of his Uncle and of the Hark Fu Moon system, he mastered mental and physical
discipline accompanied by great endurance. His Uncle then took him up the Lor Fow Mountains for seven years of intense and strenuous training. Upon returning from the mountains, he was a fully developed genuine martial artist, forged by hard work and discipline. Away from commercialism, devoid of outside distractions and influenced by a highly evolved teacher tempered him into an unyielding but modest man.
Wong Moon Toy moved to New York City in the early 1900’s. Wong Moon Toy taught Fu Jow Pai only to seven disciples. It was there he and the seven disciples opened Fu Jow Pai to the public on October 1st, 1957. A few years later he passed the system on to Wai Hong Ng. On April 21st, 1960 Wong Moon Toy passed away of a liver disease.
GRAND MASTER WAI HONG
The founder of present day Tiger Claw Kung Fu is grand master Wai Hong, who had been born in the year 1938. When younger, he learnt a variety of martial arts too including the most well-known ones – Choy Lee Fut, Tai Chi Chuan and Northern Shaolin. Before the passing away of Late Grand Master Wong Moon Toy, he taught the Fu-Jow Pai System to only a select group of disciples. After the death of the late Grand Master in 1960 he left seven disciples, among whom he named his successor; Grand Master Wai Hong. Wai Hong did not only have a vision but also a mission. He wished to break the secrets of
different kung fu systems so that all in the public could learn it.
In 1968, the Chinese Youth Athletic Club was transformed to the Fu-Jow Pai Federation and Wai Hong set up his 1st school in the city of New York. Now, the public could access the conventional system of Tiger Claw kung fu for first time in a long while. He intended to standardize the methodology of Tiger Claw kung fu by creating a family of members who would abide by love, understanding and unity. Wai Hong became the initiator of promoting the newly developed system across different universities in America and gathered much respect from professional colleagues and even in his own community. His followers gave him the nickname of the Great Hero.
The attacking mode as well as the defending mode of the new system was based completely on the movements of a tiger. When you strike, the movements are powerful, fast and agile. The techniques found only in this style and no other kung fu style are tearing, ripping, grasping and clawing. Apparently, the training ensures you develop both physically and spiritually. The system, if practiced regularly, helps to build both your self-defense capabilities as well as a confident personality. The art form is pretty much strenuous and needs diligent commitment to master it. There are several reasons as to why the masters thought it right to be kept away from the general public in ancient times. The fact that not all can match up to such tenacity happens to be one of those reasons, of course leaving aside the fact that secret attacking styles of different grandmasters were wished to be maintained.