The Lineage Of Yee’s Hung Ga can be traced all the way back to the Shaolin Temple. Abbot Gee Sim Sim See passed his teachings on to several students – one of whom was Hung Hei Guen. Hung Hei Guen formally founded the Hung Ga style in the early 1700s.
Below is an illustration of our lineage from Hung Hei Guen’s disciple, Luk Ah Choi, onward.
Luk Ah Choy was the son of a Manchu stationed in Guangdong. After his parents died, he was brought up by his uncle but ran away when he was 12 years old, because his uncle was abusive. He met a monk named Lei Baak Fu, a master in the Southern Fa Kuen (Flower Fist), and became his student.
Accounts of Wong Kei Ying’s training history differ. Some say that as a young boy he earned a living as a street performer. During a performance he was noticed by Luk Ah Choy and became his disciple. Another story tells that Wong Kei Ying learned from his father Wong Tai, who was a student of Luk Ah Choy. Later, Wong Kei Ying was sent to Luk Ah Choy to continue studying under his guidance.
Wong Fei Hung is a charismatic figure who has been portrayed in over 100 movies, played by many great actors, such as Kwan Tak Hing (who recently passed away at the age of 92) and Jet Li. The real Wong Fei Hung was born in 1850 in Guangdong. His father was Wong Kei Ying, one of the earlier Ten Tigers of the late Ching Dynasty. Wong Fei Hung was one of the later Ten Tigers.
Tang Fong was one of Wong Fei Hung’s most famous disciples. He was born in Sam Soy village in Guangdong in 1874. In his youth he studied old-style Hung Ga under Sifu Wong Yau and Sifu Yuen Yin, as well as Mao Shan, a form of folk sorcery. Later he learned the new Hung Ga from Wong Fei Hung and became a close disciple.
Yuen Ling was born in 1921 to a large family in Sun Wui, Guangdong. In the depression, his family lost its fortune and he went to Fatsan with his older brother, to make a living peddling food from a pushcart at the railroad station. There were plenty of other food vendors and disputes were settled with force more often than not. Deaths were not uncommon, but Yuen Ling was known for his Kung Fu skills and was able to establish an important position for himself within the vendor community.
Grandmaster Yee Chi Wai (Frank Yee) started his Kung Fu training with his father at the age of six under the tutelage of Grandmaster Yuen Ling. Master Yee immersed himself in his Hung Ga training and studied intensively under the watchful eye of his Sifu. After years of dedicated studying, he was rewarded with the Bai See ceremony and became a disciple to his Sifu. Of all the disciples of Grandmaster Yuen Ling, only Frank Yee has dedicated himself to teaching Tang Fung Hung Ga.
Master Pedro Cepero Yee (Sifu Level, 8th Dan) was introduced to martial arts at age six with a local Filipino family who taught their native arts. At ten years old, he formally began to study the arts of Karate, Shuai Jiao, Wing Chun and his chosen art, Hung Ga Kung Fu. Pedro Cepero Yee is a well-respected member of the Chinese martial arts community in the U.S. and abroad. He has demonstrated his skills in performance, as well as seminars and classes across the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Scotland, England, Germany, Trinidad, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and the Peoples’ Republic of China. He is the eighth Senior Yup Sut (In the Room) Disciple of Grandmaster Yee Chi Wai, as well as one of the first Americans to be accepted into the Yee’s Family Lineage at the New York Chinatown’s Yee Fong Toy Association and their world headquarters.
Sifu Bruce Clark, 7th Dan, began his Martial arts training at the age of 11. Since then he has studied; Judo, Lau Gar Kung Fu, Freestyle Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Go Jo Ru Karate and his chosen art of Hung Ga Kung Fu.
Whilst living in the USA for 10 years, Sifu Clark studied Hung Ga Kung Fu under Master Pedro Cepero Yee, adopted son and lineage holder to the World-renowned Grand Master Yee Chi Wai (Frank Yee). During this time, Sifu Clark was a familiar face in the Martial Arts community taking part in Lion Dances and demonstrations, including Chinese New Year in New York’s Chinatown.
In addition, Sifu Clark placed in many tournaments across the USA, culminating in National Number Two ranking for Lei Tai full contact stage fighting
Sifu Ian Rose 5th Dan, Student of Sifu Bruce Clark 7th Dan. He was the Sanda Northern British Champion in 2002.