Lineage in the Kwok Family system is very important. All of our systems are conservatively preserved as taught from master to student in order to preserve the art as in our Kung Fu tradition. I, Nicolas Ricardo Guillermo, preserve the original arts as transmitted to me from Dr. Torres, who is our Kwok family head of the lineage. In order to preserve the art, all students I accept will be required to carry on the tradition with the same expectations set before me, from our lineage heritage, in order to become a qualified instructor, recognized Shi Fu (Father Teacher), Fu Zi (Master) and even Shi Gong (Grand Master) of the Kwok Family system.
Nicolas Ricardo Guillermo – Du Xuesheng; I am a serious student who has been training under Dr. Torres for a decade. As a certified 3rd degree black sash, going on to 4th by this summer of 2017, to be recognized as Shi Fu (Father Teacher), I am the director of the Immortal Kung Fu Academy. I offer high-quality instruction to prepare anyone for the testing regimen of Dr. Torres, the current head of lineage in the Kwok Family System. I have been a certified Kung Fu instructor since 2008 when I assisted training two students in the complete Shu Er Shi Fa, Open Palm Buddha Fist, Shao Lin Kung Fu form, under Dr. Torres’ supervision.
Since then, I have completed the Ba Gua Zhang, Xing Yi Quan and Tai Ji Quan systems to Dr. Torres’ high 3rd degree Black Sash standards. My Shao Lin is also recognized to be at Dr. Torres’ 3rd-degree level as well and with the training and academic studies, I’m undergoing now I will be absolutely qualified for my Sifu degree by the summer. It is my opinion, from meeting many other masters around the nation, and being to several international Kung Fu competitions, that the orthodox training methods of Dr. Torres are the most advanced I can find.
I have won several Gold Medals for form and when it comes to fighting skill, I have been known to demonstrate great “circular strength,” grace ,power and yin reception ability, to many very experienced martial artists from various styles. I’m training to complete my 4th degree and then compete in San Shao, Lei Tai, and other fighting competitions to demonstrate the warrior spirit and the effectiveness of my training.
Dr. Gary S. Torres Ta Jia Lee) is the founder of the Phoenix Dragon Kung Fu Academy. He met his instructor Peter Kwok and learned everything he could for as many years as possible. After learning all of Kwok’s forms, Kwok told him, “Go out into the world, if you can find better, go learn it, if not, come back.” Torres did just that, he traveled all over to meet great masters to see if there was more he could learn, but in the end, he came back.
Because Torres was the most dedicated student, he became the most advanced and has earned the head of the lineage title of the Kwok family system, the title of Si Gong. Many of his students became recognized as Masters by the world martial arts community, who themselves have created other Masters themselves and so Si Gong is the title that he has been given, meaning ,”Great Grand Master”. With 40+ years of teaching, he has extensive certification with national and international organizations for recognition of high degree master in Kung Fu.
He is arguably one of the best martial artists in the world. With degrees in medicine, chiropractic, and acupuncture, he has a detailed knowledge of how the human body works that he passes on to his students. Dr. Torres is a master among masters, I have met with many kung fu “masters” in my life but none I have reviewed possess the skill and applicable knowledge of Kung Fu as Dr. Torres. Phoenix Dragon Kung Fu Academy is one of the most prestigious Kung Fu schools in the west.
Dr. Torres is a frequent guest and judge at martial arts events, seminars, and retreats. He provides one on one lessons to only the most serious students. Students accepted into the Kwok Family System will have the opportunity to meet with and test under Dr. Torres for their Black Sash certifications.
Kwok Wo Ngai (Guo He Yi) went by the American name Peter Kwok. Kwok’s father wanted him to be the greatest martial artist ever since he was a young boy. He took Kwok to all the best martial artists in China. Kwok learned hundreds of forms but realized that just four primary kung fu systems provided him with everything he needed. He stopped practicing and teaching forms from other disciplines and kept only what he felt were the best of the best.
Martial arts systems that he learned from very accomplished masters in their prospective specialties. He learned Shao Lin Quan from the famous Han Ching Tung. Kwok’s Tai Ji Quan is the Tai Ji Quan of the famous Kuo Lien Ying. His Xing Yi Quan is from the famous Giang Yung Chien. His Ba Gua Zhang is from the famous Gun Yuen Tang. Peter was a very accomplished martial artist and a Ph.D.
He left China during the communist revolution and made a name for himself teaching martial arts in New Jersey where he began teaching my instructor, Dr. G. S. Torres. Kwok’s lineage lives on though many across the nation but his top student, the only one to reach the 8th degree in his system of Kung Fu, is Dr. Torres, my instructor. Kwok’s combined knowledge in several disciplines led to him creating his own martial arts system known as the Kwok Family system.
The Kwok lineage has come from many past masters who were recognized as being among the best in their systems. There are four complete systems of Kung Fu in the Kwok system, and each system has a long history of recognized masters who have passed down the true secrets of the arts from instructor to disciple to preserve the arts.
Here are more details on each of the four systems Kwok combined and our lineage from which these systems were passed down through disciplic succession.
Shao Lin Quan (Shaolin Chuan): Hang Ching Tung and Bodhidharma
Han Ching Tung who was a disciple of the original Shao Lin Monasteries founded by the Buddhist monks who developed their system from Damo, also known as Bodhidharma. He passed on the orthodox Chang Chuan Shao Lin Chuan to Kwok Wo Ngai.
Bodhidharma traveled from South Indian from the town of Kerela and was a renowned Kalari Master, and authentic Indian martial art taught only through disciplic succession. The Kalari art was re-created and taught to the Buddhists who refined and reformulated their own system based on the various stances and animal styles taught in the Kalari system written down by Damo in a manuscripts he left for the monks at their temple in order to help them learn how to have a fighting skill strong enough to defeat invaders who would seek to end their peaceful way of life.
Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan): Kuo Lien Ying, Wang Jiao Yu, Yang Pan Ho,Yang Lu Chan and Zhang San Feng
Kuo Lien Ying(1891 – 1984) passed on his complete Yang Style Tai Ji Quan system to Kwok Wo Ngi. The main form Kuo taught is known as the Guang Ping Yang style or “Original Yang.” It is known as the main Yang Form that the Yang Founder Yang Lu Chaun taught in the village of Guang Ping where his family was from. The classic 24 frame and the long 108 frame Yang Forms are actually derived from movements in the Guang Ping form but are simplified and modified so that they are easier to learn and perform.
Kuo brought the authentic Guang Ping to the states when he escaped from the communist Chinese like his best student Kwok. He opened a well-known school in San Francisco and taught many people who have carried on the tradition of Guang Ping to this day.
Kuo was known as a fierce fighter, who challenged all the best boxers in the Bay where he lived to fight him, yet no one accepted in fear of his ruthless fighting spirit. Kuo would always be found standing in the Zhan Zhuang posture shown here in this picture, for a solid hour every day, before he proceeded with his form. Kuo became famous for his skill and legendary as a Tai Ji Quan instructor in America very quickly.
Wang Jiao Yu (Wang Chaio Yu / Wong Shao Yu) (1836-1939) Not much is known about Wang Jiao Yu but it is well known that his art was preserved by Kuo completely. Wang was not a member of the Yang family and prior to learning the Guang Ping form, the form was a complete secret preserved only in the Yang bloodline.
Wang would secretly watch Yang practice his Guang Ping style in the magic hours of 3:00am to 5:00am from behind a fence of Yang’s yard. One day Yang heard some Wang and confronted him. Wang was sincere and he begged to learn his style. Yang said he would only teach him if he could touch his chin to his toe in 100 days. Wang, passionate with desire, took the 100-day challenge and became accomplished.
Wang took a vow from Yang not to teach the secret style to anyone as long as the dynasty was in power. Only when Wang was much older in his years, at the age of 112, did he meet Kuo and allowed Kuo to learn the complete art from him.
Yang Pan Hou(1837-1892) is the son of the famous Yang Lu Chan. Yang Pan Hou is known to have been a fierce competitor with an edgy fighting attitude who developed a reputation beginning from a young age challenging many talented fighters in China. He was given the name’s “Yang the Untouchable” and “Man with 10,000 lbs. of Power” because he never lost a battle and he fought many large framed strong men using his pure internal power developed because he was given his father’s Kung Fu secrets. He was quoted as saying, “If You cannot throw or overcome someone with Tai Ji Quan, it is simply because your skill has not matured. Don’t say, Tai Ji, Quan is of no practical use. Don’t be afraid even if someone is as strong as a bull, a 1000 pounds weight is useless if it lands on nothing”
Yang Lu Chang (1789-1872) from Guang Ping village, China, was the founder of the Yang Style Tai Ji Quan System. His unique approach to the Tai Ji Quan art was credentialed by the great Chen Chengxing, master of the Chen Style Tai Ji Quan. Yang took the Chen Tai Ji Quan and changed it, keeping the inherent internal principles that make Tai Ji Quan the “Grand Ultimate Fist” style, but altering the shapes of the postures, perhaps due to his influence from the Chang Quan (Shao Lin Long Fist) style that he trained as a youth, or because Chen taught him combined Chen forms in new ways, or both.
Yang mastered the Tai Ji Quan principles of true internal power and became known as “Yang the Great,” an unbeatable boxer that many sought to train under. His system branched out to become several other Tai Ji Quan styles by other masters he cultivated over and his system helped to influence new two other styles; Wu and Sun.
Chen Changxing (1771-1853) was a 6th generation Chen Family Tai Ji Quan Master who passed on the family secrets of the Chen Family Internal Martial Arts but it does remain a mystery why Yang’s style is so different from all the prior Chen styles. Some speculate that Chen taught Yang differently, combining Chen forms, simplifying them and perhaps adding his own creative perspective to the forms. His forefathers include; Chen Bingwang (5th), Chen Jixia (4th), Chen Guangyin (3rd) Chen Suole (2nd) and the Chen Tai Ji pioneer Chen Wangting.
Chen Wangting (1580-1660) also known as Zouting, was a general in the Ming Dynasty of China who created the famous Chen Style Tai Ji Quan.
He combined his military sciences, a background in Chang Quan (Shao Lin Long Fist Style) with the esoteric principles of the Meridian systems used in Acupuncture (Jingluo), and Taoist Yoga (Taiyin). Also, it is noted that he learned the original Tai Ji Quan principles from a Taoist master Wang Zongyue.
Wang Zongyue was the original author of one of the famous Tai Ji Quan Classics known as the Salt Shop Manuals. The treatise he wrote contains many famous Tai Ji Quan proverbs such as; “a force of four ounces deflects 1000 pounds.”
He was a mysterious Taoist Monk who lived a secluded life in the forest and successfully hid from any authentic history records. All that is known about his has been passed down through the generations of Tai Ji Quan masters who have carried on his tradition. He is credited with creating the first Tai Ji Quan form by combining the principles of the 13 posters from his instructor Zhang San Feng and by adding his own theories and practices. Also, the very name Tai Ji Quan is said to originate from Wang.
Zhang Sanfeng (1359 – 1451) was an Ascetic Taoist Monk, also hidden from the historical record, who is credited with teaching the first Neijia or “Internal” arts. He was first a Shao Lin monk but then he left to study with the Taoists who influenced his creation of the original Tai Ji Quan system.
Zhang was accredited to have come up with the concept of the 13 postures linked directly to the 8 trigrams of the I-Ching and the 5 element theory. There is a famous story that he came up with the concepts by watching a battle between a snake and a crane, he contemplated their evading maneuvers and came up with the internal martial arts style which has martial arts techniques based on passive evading and strategic maneuvering, rather than using force against force to control the opponent.
Xing Yi Quan (Xing Yi Chuan): Giang Yung Chien to Yue Fei
Giang Yung Chien passed on his mastery of Xing Yi Chuan to Kwok. He was a master of the orthodox Xing Yi passed on from Xing Yi founder Yue Fei. Not much is known about Giang but that he practiced diligently and that he was a fierce fighter with the Xing Yi style.
Yue Fei is the founder of the Xing Yi system. He was a great general of a Chinese Army and he had formulated his new martial art using the Tai Ji Quan principles with the greater emphasis on 5 element philosophy from Taoist alchemy.
Ba Gua Zhang (Pa Kua Chang): Gun Yuen Tang, Jiang Rong Qiao and Zhang Zhan Kui, Cheng Tinghua, Dong Hai Chuan, to Tung Menglin.
Gun Yuen Tang was Kwok Wo Ngai’s Ba Gua Zhang instructor. Not much is known about him but it is certain that he received the complete Ba Gua Zhang system from Jiang Rong Qiao.
Jiang Rong Qiao (1891-1974) was a very accomplished Ba Gua Zhang master who learned to combine all the core internal arts Tai Ji, Xing Yi and Ba Gua together leading to the creation of his own style of Ba Gua Zhang.
Jiang learned his Ba Gua from the great Zhao Dong student of the Ba Gua founder Dong Hai Chuan. He published many books on the internal martial arts and taught his Ba Gua to many students who carried on his Jiang style Ba Gua, one of the most practices styles of Ba Gua today.
Zhang Zhan Kui (Zhao Dong) (1858-1938) was a student of the several Kung Fu masters. His main Ba Gua instructor was Cheng Tinghua. Zhang was known for combining his Xing Yi and his Ba Gua together and creating his own unique hybrid style. it is known that his skill was very well known and that he did inherit the secrets of the true essence of the Ba Gua Zhang style.
Cheng Tinghua (1848-1900) was a direct student of Dong Hai Chuan. Prior to learning Ba Gua, Cheng was an accomplished wrestler and had perfected the style known as Shaui Chaio. When he met Dong, he was challenged to use his Shuai Jiao (Shuai Chiao) Chinese Wrestling on him, to test him. He made several attempts to attack Dong but he couldn’t even lay a hand on him. After realizing Dong’s superior boxing style, he kneeled before him and pleaded to be his student.
Dong accepted him and became one of his top students whose name was engraved on Dong’s gravestone. He was the fourth student that Dong accepted to learn his curriculum. Cheng became a great instructor and passed on his Ba Gua curriculum to many other accomplished students.
Dong Hai Chuan (1797-1882) is recognized as the first person who brought Ba Gua Zhang knowledge to the public. Prior to Dong’s promotion of this internal art, it was known that Ba Gua was kept to the inner circles of the Taoist sects. It is said that he learned from a mysterious Taoist known as Yellow Cape Chivalry. His Ba Gua was recognized as being so proficient; he was hired to be a bodyguard for the royal family of China.
Tung Meng Lin was a mysterious Taoist who lived on Jiu Hua Mountain, An Hui Province. He had two other names; his Taoist name was Huang Guan Tao Ren (Yellow Cape Taoist) and his martial artist name was Bi Cheng Xia (Blue Clear Chivalry). He taught his art to three disciples, Dong Hai Chuan being the most recognized.