From Hong Kong to South America
Grandmaster Poon Shing was born in Guangzhou China on January 12, 1925, and passed away in peace on May 14, 2015, at the age of 90. He was the second son of legendary Grandmaster Poon Dik of the 3rd generation in the Choy Lee Fat succession, who is still considered one of the most prominent masters in the lineage of Choy Lee Fut.
In 1934, Grandmaster Poon Shing immigrated to HONG KONG together with his father due to the Civil War in China.
From 1934 to 1956, under the tutelage of his father, he began the study the lion’s dance, bare hands forms, fighting techniques, various weapons including saber, staff, spear, Kwan Dao, butterfly knives, Trident, and others. During this period of 22 years, excelled in his skills and became a Master. In 1956, upon the departure of his father, he assumed the responsibility of the POON DIK ATHLETIC Association and continuous to spread out the Choy Lee Fut legacy in Southern China and Asia.
In 1983, he was invited by the government to be part of the Chinese Cultural Diplomacy delegation to promote the Chines culture, values, traditions and the rich martial art heritage of the Choy Lee Fut. The delegation successfully concluded a trip through South America, and as a result, the Choy Lee Fut emerged and flourished in Bolivia, Peru, and Brazil.
The influent and growing of Choy Lee Fut in the Americas
NAN TIEN MEN (South Gate of Heaven) is a cultural organization of Chinese Martial Art, dedicated to the promotion of education and practice traditional Kung Fu, the Choy Lee Fat system. The Nan Tien Men organization was founded in 1982 by the Master Poon Wai Sanchez (Ernesto Rodríguez Sánchez)
Master Poon Wai Sánchez is a direct disciple of Grand Master Poon Shing and corresponds to the 5th generation in the lineage of the Choy Lee Fat Kung Fu. It is one of the pioneers of the Kung Fu in Bolivia and Brazil; he promoted the Lion dance in several South American countries. He is certified in physical education, has two Post graduations Lato Sensu in Advanced Gymnastic and Science of Sports Training. He has been a coach and consultant in Colleges and Universities, responsible for physical education programs and sports college education. As a coach has prepared professional athletes from different sports and disciplines, that have participated successfully in national and international championships.
Rio de Janeiro 1993
Hong Kong 2010
Spread of Nan Tien Men Poon Shing Kung Fu Globally
Nan Tien Men School has instructed more than 7,000 students, contributing to its cultural growth, personal development, and well-being. Students, teachers, and instructors of Nan Tien Men, with the purpose of disseminating the Kung Fu, have been continuously teaching Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu. Some of the 80’s and 90’ generation moved to other countries and continued to spread the martial art in Germany, Brazil, Peru, and here in the USA.