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'Choy Gar, also Caijia Quan (Chinese: 蔡家拳, Choy family fist) is a Chinese martial art deriving its name from Choy Gau Lee (蔡九儀) (Choy Tsing Hung) and is one of the five main family styles of Kung Fu in Southern China. The style emphasizes swift footwork and rapid strikes.
Having origins in the Southern Shaolin Temple it would be later combined with a variety of Snake Kung Fu to include lower stances and swifter footwork. Choy Gau Yee added more kicks to his style, thereby differentiating some of its longer range techniques from those of its Snake Kung Fu origins.
Early history- Shaolin Legacy 
Choy Gar- The formation 
In the 17th century the Manchurians took control of China under the Qing dynasty. The majority of the Chinese people, being Han-Chinese, felt that their country had been invaded and it was a time of rebellion. Especially the Shaolin temples in northern China are said to have been a place where many rebels gathered to train and mobilize, and the Manchurians knew this. They began attacking the temples and many monks fled to southern China to seek refuge. Many came to the Fujian, see section about Fukien (Fujian) province and one of these was a monk known as Gee Seen Sim See(Gee Sim Sim See). Gee Seen Sim See had many students but of all his students five stood out and are famous in southern China. Two of them were Choy Gau Yih 蔡九仪（一说蔡展光） and Hung Hei Guan who founded Choy Gar and Hung Gar and the other three founded Mok Gar, Li gar(Choi Lei Fut has part of its origins in that style) and Lau Gar. Of these five styles only the Hung Gar was able to expand considerably due to its close bond with the revolutions in the south of China against the manchú dynasty of the Ching in which its creator Hung Hei Gung or Hong Xi Kuan participated. The other four styles didn't have the same luck and nowadays it is very difficult to find them in their original state, such as is the case of the style Lau Gar which forms have been included in the Hung style; of the Lei style which techniques have been included in the Choy Lee Fat and of the very Choy style which techniques, forms and philosophy have passed to form part of styles like the Chow Ka, Jow Ka, Choy Lei Fat and Wing Chung. At the moment the Choy is very rare, it is wrapped in a mystery of and secret halo, and although it is mentioned in almost all the stories of the Kung Fú of the South of China only a few have can be considered masters of its forms and techniques.
The Style 
Choy gar is a self-defense style that practices low stances and swift footwork like that of the rat. The body and arms are meant to resemble the quick attacking movements of the snake. Unlike the northern shaolin styles which have wider, more open techniques, Choy Gar's short and swift movements are better suited for the crowded alleys and streets of densely populated southern China. The low stance and power in the techniques will in time develop an inner strength within the practitioner. This is the basic foundation for creating effective movements, abilities and actions of the body. Only through this one can truly understand the wide range of Kung Fu techniques and its distinctive character.
One begins by building up physique in a good way. Stamina, strength and flexibility workout is combined with stretching and basic techniques. Training is performed in a low stance (Chapma) to increase the leg strength. In the Choy style, strong legs are a necessity for performing the techniques in a correct manner. Lower body strength is the foundation of Choy. The basic techniques (punches, kicks and blocks) are put together into different form combinations. One learns the forms in two versions, to the sides and to the front and are required to execute it against the Sifu at a certain pace and without any stalls.
All the various techniques of Choy Gar can be found in the following forms:
|Choy Gar Forms|
|"The first dance"|
|Choy Wi Poo (The essence of
Choy Gar can be
found in this form)
|Chi Poo (A form greatly
influenced by Hung Gar)
|Ta Shon (The longest and most
complete form, takes
more than 15 min
Choy Gar kungfu is based on short and rhythmic techniques which minimizes the area the opponent can attack which in turn becomes an effective self defense (this is very individual and relies upon each and every student's way of building up lower body strength).
Some routines and theories 
(cross pattern fist - 十字拳) 、
(Big Drum Heaven 大运天)
(Small Drumb Heaven 小运天) 、
(Heaven Horizon 天边雁)
(willow tree Broken Plum 柳碎梅)
(Four elephant Fist 四象拳) 、
(Fist elbow 拳肘手)
(Six Including Fist - 六连拳)
(100 Birds Turn Over Nest - 百鸟归巢)
(Single End Stick - 单头棍)
(Double End Stick - 双头棍)
(Choy Ga 3 Arrow Big Arrowhead and so on - 蔡家三矢大钯等)
(Fast & CLever - 快速灵巧)
(Agile and changeable - 敏捷多变)
(Disappears the body to borrow strength - 消身借力)
(Because Potential Advantage leading - 因势利导)
(Dodging skillfully - 闪化巧取)
(Man Can Only win with Skill - 只可以巧取胜)
Do not argue with extended arm - 不可以力争衡 Best to attack the side door - 所以着重偏门攻击
(Horse Stepping Triangle by Triangle Step Primarily - 马步以三角步为主)
(Bridge Horse of Hung Ga - 洪家讲桥马)
(Fast Hitting of Choy Ga - 蔡家讲快打)
(Formula Tactics 口诀有
Related styles 
Choy Gau Gung taught the founder of Jow Ga, Jow Lung.
A hybrid system known as Choy Mok 蔡莫派 (combination of Choy ga & Mok Ga) exists. - (Far Mei Sau Hand Form)
- http://shaolininstitute.com/Hung%20Gar%20History.htm, 9th section
- http://www.choygar.com/texts/en/choykakiin.aspx, Cuba section.
- http://www.choygar.com/texts/en/thestyle.aspx, first part
- http://www.choygar.com/texts/en/training.aspx, by sifu Adolfo Tijero