One Root Splits into Two Trees
Late Grandteacher Yip Sui's Chow Gar
Whatever history has recorded as the Chu / Chow dispute, one fact is clear. Yip Sui was a disciple of Lao Sui. All other Lao Sui disciples stated, and continue to state, Chu Gar Praying Mantis.
None except Master Yip stated Chow.
However, no reason exists, today, not to speak of Chow Gar as a distinct and distinguished style on its own.
Through Yip Sui Sifu, Chu Gar expanded and it continues to expand.
In 2012, the Chinese community in Hong Kong and China, is becoming more vocal about the fact that Chow Gar is simply Chu Gar by another name. Yip Sui learned Chu Gar from Lao Sui and only Yip called it Chow.
Recently, Sifu Ma Jiuhua (whose father was a disciple of Lao Sui) and others travelled to Meizhou, Xingning, Wuhua and other areas to locate the very deepest root of Chu Gar.
It turned out, after exhaustive research, that Chu An Nam was the actual ancestor who transmitted Chu Gar in South China. The result was stated in Chinese:
Chu Gar Sifu Ma Jiuhua
Ma Sifu was satisfied with their findings. There is no Chow Mantis that was transmitted in Southern China. The Mantis boxing transmitted by Lao Sui, should be surnamed Chu. Ma Sifu and the Huizhou faction wish to inform the boxers in Hong Kong of this error.
So as not to offend anyone, it is the hope of Ma Jiuhua, that this Hakka boxing may be collectively referred to as Dongjiang East River Mantis, and passed down for generations in the East River area.
Today "Yip Sui Sifu's Chow Gar" has blossomed into perhaps the most popular, and certainly the most promoted Southern Praying Mantis Kungfu today.
No picture of Southern Praying Mantis could, would, or should be, complete without the color of the late Grandmaster Yip!
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