Fu Jow Pai

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Fu Jow Pai
Tiger KungFu.jpg
Also known asTiger Claw System
FocusStriking, throwing, joint manipulation[1]
Country of originChina
Famous practitionersWong Bill Hong
ParenthoodShaolin Kung Fu

Fu Jow Pai (Chinese: 虎爪派, Cantonese Jyutping: Fu2 Zaau2 Pai3, Mandarin pinyin: Hǔ Zhǎo Pài, literally "Tiger Claw School", also "Tiger Claw System" or "Tiger Claw Style"), originally named "Hark Fu Moon" (Chinese: 黑虎門, Cantonese Jyutping: Hak1 Fu2 Mun4, Mandarin pinyin: Hēihǔmén, literally "Black Tiger School", also "Black Tiger System") is a Chinese martial art that has its origins in Hoy Hong Temple out of Tiger techniques of Five Animal Kung Fu, Ng Ying Kungfu (Chinese: 五形功夫).[2] The system "was modeled after the demeanor and fighting strategy of an attacking tiger. Techniques unique to Fu-Jow Pai are ripping, tearing, clawing and grasping applications."[3][4]


Anonymous Monk of Hoy Hong Temple ??-??
First Generation Grand Master Wong Bil Hong b.1841 d.1934
Late Grand Master Wong Moon Toy b.1907 d.1960
Grand Master Wai Hong b.1938
Other key dates [3]
1876 Wong Bil Hong begins studying Hark Fu Moon
1927 Wong Moon Toy begins studying Hark Fu Moon
1934 Wong Bil Hong renames the system Fu Jow Pai
1934 Wong Moon Toy arrives in New York City
1940 Wong Moon Toy started teaching Hung Gar[6]
1957 Chinese Youth Athletic Club formed for the instruction of Fu Jow Pai (private)
1960 Wai Hong becomes the successor of the system
1968 Chinese Youth Athletic Club becomes Fu Jow Pai Federation, opens to the public

Fu Jow Pai Grand Masters trained in the following additional styles:


In 1971, Wai Hong sponsored the first all open style full-contact kung fu tournament in the US and which became the model for future US full-contact tournaments.[citation needed][7] He also founded the Eastern United States Kung-Fu Federation, which he led for eight years.[8] Fu-Jow Pai has appeared in multiple movies, documentaries, and tournaments.[5][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sensei/Renshi Nathan Chlumsky (2015). Inside Kungfu: Chinese Martial Arts Encyclopedia. Lulu.com. ISBN 978-1-329-11942-0.
  2. ^ "About the Fu-Jow Pai - Tiger Claw Kung Fu System". Fu Jow Pai Federation. Retrieved 2007-05-21.
  3. ^ a b c Ng, Wai Hong (1979). The Heritage of FU-JOW PAI Tiger Claw. Fu-Jow Pai Federation.
  4. ^ Francisco, Carlos (2006). "Following the Tiger's Path". Inside Kung Fu. 34 (7): 62–66.
  5. ^ a b c San Chuan, Hou Sheng (2006). "Synopsis of Tiger claws clan and Master NG Wai Hong (TRANSLATED)". New Martial Hero Magazine (15): 19–21.
  6. ^ Lam Sai Wing Memorial Book, 1951
  7. ^ a b Ye, Yongkang (2006-08-26). "少林功夫 风靡世界 (Shaolin kung-fu taking the world by storm)". Qiao Bao. Archived from the original on November 4, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-21.
  8. ^ "Sifu Chow bio -- Eastern U.S. Kung Fu Federation". Sifuchowwingchun.com. Integrative Wing Chun. Archived from the original on July 10, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-30.
  9. ^ Cater, Dave (1995). "Inside Kung-Fu Hall of Fame: Man of the Year". Inside Kung Fu. 22 (2): 42–44.

Further reading[edit]

  • Ng, Wai Hong (1978). The Secret Iron Hands of Fu-Jow Pai. Fu-Jow Pai Federation.
  • Ng, Wai Hong (2007). Fu-Jow Pai 50th Anniversary. Fu-Jow Pai Federation.