History, Knowledge

Manchu

Although the Manchu, as invaders in the early days, had a clear enemy image, the two peoples were soon indistinguishable. The original Manchu culture quickly merged with that of the Han. The language was also lost more and more. Conversely, the Han also adopted many Manchu customs. The two peoples merged. In 1880 the linguist Paul Georg von Möllendorf wrote in a letter that Manchurian was only used orally for ceremonial purposes at court. It is very likely that the disappearance of the Manchurian language among the people began much earlier.Mehr lesen

Knowledge, People

Lukh ah Choi

Lukh Ah Choi is not, in my experience, the ancestor in our line, which one is named first. He disappears, just like others, behind the dazzling names Wong Fei Hung and Hung Hee Gung or Chiu Kau, which is much closer to us. However, the fact that Lukh Ah Choi was a Manchu and therefore belonged to the enemy camp according to his origin, makes him a particularly interesting figure in my eyes. As is well known, the Manchus took over power in China at the beginning of the seventeenth century – the Qing Dynasty. The Shaolin fought against them vehemently until they finally destroyed the southern Shaolin monastery. Mehr lesen

History, Knowledge

Stone Guardians

For hundreds of years they have been sitting at important gates. Under their gaze, no evil intent shall endure. The guardian lions have kept their place in the traditions until today. In the west they are mainly found in front of Chinese restaurants. In our kung-fu school, however, they guard the anteroom and the ancestral altar.Mehr lesen