At the age of 8, Master (Mark)
Chan Wah (pictured above at age 37), learned the styles
of Hung Gar, Short Hand Choy Lee Fut and Five Animal Sil
Lum in his village in southern China. His grandfather, Grandmaster
Wong Cheun Yip, was the local kung fu master of Chil Chung
village of the Toisan district, and the local surrounding
areas. Grandmaster Wong remained as the local authority
and resident master until his death at age 86 in 1962.
In the early fifties Sifu
Chan escaped from the Toison region of southern China to
Hong Kong. It was here that he had the opportunity to study
other styles of Kung Fu. His extensive study included Southern
Dragon (Lung Ying More Kiew) White Eyebrow (Bok Mei), Wing
Chun and Hung Gar. During this period Master Chan had the
privilege to study under some great contemporary masters
of this century.
Sifu Chan came to Canada
in the mid 1950's and began teaching in Edmonton's Chinatown
in 1965. During this period Master Chan was the chief instructor
of the local cultural association, and as such taught Kung
Fu, lion dance and self-defence to the local chinatown population.
In 1971 he became one of the first Masters, in Canada, to
teach authentic and traditional Kung Fu to the non-Chinese.
In the early days he sometimes had to use Kung Fu to defend
his club's territory and his restaurant business just as
his grandfather had used it to defend the village. It was
in 1971 that the Green Dragon Kung Fu Society (Canadian
Branch) was formed. It was begun as an extension branch,
in honor of the teaching tradition established by Grand
Master Wong Cheun Yip in Chil Chung village over 100 years
Since that time, Master Chan
has selflessly, and without reservation, passed on the valued
traditions and skills of the masters of the past. Master
Chan was also taught the ancient arts of Hit Medicine and
Bone Setting from Grand Master Wong. To this day, Master
Chan's father is a master Herbalist and Bone Setter in Hong
Kong. Master Chan has passed on the traditional medicine
practices of the ancient Kung Fu practitioners to his most
devoted students. Master Chan is knowledgeable in Herbal
Hit Medicines, training tonics and palm medicines to enhance
training for the serious student of the arts.