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About Us

Our school has a rich and long history dating back to 1967, when Grandmaster Woo opened up the Bamboo Hut Club in Boston, which was the first authentic kung fu school in Greater Boston. It was known for their legendary lion dance and unforgettable performances. In February of 2003, Shaolin Hung Gar Martial Arts Academy, most recently known as Chiu Mo Kwoon, was opened. This is where Grandmaster Woo continued his teachings. To serve our community and students better we have moved the school to this location and is now called Hung Gar Kung Fu and Lion Dance Academy. You may learn more of his achievements here.

Traditional Hung Gar kung fu is the main style of martial arts taught at the school. We also train in the use of all kinds of techniques that span the northern and southern systems, as well as both internal and external styles. Our practice of kung fu is the result of centuries of expert masters who have roots stemming from the ancient schools of China. Through their dedication to finding the fullest potential of Hung Gar, these individuals laid out the foundation. We would like to share the teachings to the community, the people, and the whole world. We wish to see young children grow up with the mental acumen and physical vitality that kung fu practitioners acquire through strict and rigorous training. We want to cultivate strong moral character in people from all levels of society. Our goal is to equip all types of people with essential martial skills, enabling them to have the most fundamental self-defense abilities.

All pictures shown above are of the Bamboo Hut Club.

 

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Lineage

Wong Fei Hong

Our lineage comes from a number of world-acclaimed Masters one of whom was Master Wong Fei Hong, a 19th century Hung Gar Master who lived in Canton, China. Although there were many masters before him, Kung Fu enthusiasts should recognize his name as he ranks high in the hierarchy of the Hung Gar tree. His martial arts exploits have been glorified by movies of Jet Li and many others who have dramatized his involvement in the political struggles and upheavals of China during his time, along with his student, Lam Sai Wing, more widely known as Butcher Wing due to his occupation. Lam Sai Wing was legendary for his many martial arts exploits including the famous theatre incident. Lured into an opera theatre, he was ambushed and attacked by over two hundred sailors. With only a few students with him, he fought single handedly against the spear- and sword-wielding sailors. Attacked from all sides, Lam Sai Wing fought like a mighty tiger, easily parrying the sharp weapons with a metal chain. Wielding his famous Water fist, he broke so many hands and arms that at the end of the fight, the lucky ones, numbering over eighty, ran to a nearby hospital to treat their broken limbs. One can only imagine what happened to the other, less fortunate sailors.

 

 

Lam Sai Wing and Lam Cho

Lam Sai Wing had many students; the most prominent of whom was Lam Cho, his own nephew. Lam Cho who was a martial arts prodigy. A brilliant young boy, he could remember a form after only a single glance. At age sixteen, he was already a formidable fighter in his domain. At that young age he received the authority to oversee the Gwoon (Kung Fu school). This was not well received by the martial arts community that sent many older Masters to challenge his skills. This fine lad defeated and bested them all. Lam Cho, passed away peacefully in 2012, at the ripe old age of 102. His student, our Great Grandmaster Tang Kwok Wah, passed on in 2011 at 87 years old. Well known for his expertise in everything about Hung Gar, he was also highly respected as a great Chinese doctor. A quiet, reserved man, he shunned fame and publicity and prefered to devote himself to the perfection of his art.

 

Tang Kwok Wah

Tang Kwok Wah's student is none other than our Grandmaster Winchell Woo. He has 70 years of experience in both Northern and Southern Kung Fu and is one of very few traditional teachers around. Known for his broadmindedness and good nature, he is respected in this region for his incomparable martial arts knowledge and matchless abilities. Money cannot buy the skills he teaches today. Many high-ranking martial artists in America today value Sifu Woo's skills, recognizing him as a 10th degree black belt Grandmaster and often honoring him as Grandmaster of The Year. With an inexhaustible amount of martial arts knowledge that he draws from Hung Gar, he has also developed many other styles that have resulted in many useful innovations in our practice and training methods. From his teachings, we have garnered large amounts of martial arts knowledge and skills to handle real and practical situations.

 

Woo Ping Chiu

Tang Kwok Wah's student is none other than our Grandmaster Winchell Woo. He has 70 years of experience in both Northern and Southern Kung Fu and is one of very few traditional teachers around. Known for his broadmindedness and good nature, he is respected in this region for his incomparable martial arts knowledge and matchless abilities. Money cannot buy the skills he teaches today. Many high-ranking martial artists in America today value Sifu Woo's skills, recognizing him as a 10th degree black belt Grandmaster and often honoring him as Grandmaster of The Year. With an inexhaustible amount of martial arts knowledge that he draws from Hung Gar, he has also developed many other styles that have resulted in many useful innovations in our practice and training methods. From his teachings, we have garnered large amounts of martial arts knowledge and skills to handle real and practical situations.

Born in Canton City, China, Sifu Woo earned a reputation as a skilled fighter while still in junior high school. The son of a US Marine, he was already an American citizen when he moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1960. In 1967, Sifu Woo received his Master Certification and in the same year opened the Bamboo Hut Club, the first authentic Kung Fu school in the city of Boston. In the 1970's Sifu Woo was a founder of the New England Kung Fu Federation and hosted the first Beijing Wushu team in New England. In 1992, he hosted the Shaolin Monks while they were in Boston on their world tour. While practicing Kung Fu for over 70 years, Sifu Woo was also a partner in several national and international companies engaged in trading commodities, manufacturing, and entertainment.

 

 

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Head instructor bill

In 1974, Sifu Bill started his Martial Arts training in Cleveland, OH. He studied several styles before meeting Grandmaster Woo in 1986, in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he helped establish the Ping Chiu Kung Fu Academy in 1992. Sifu has extensive experience in teaching Martial Arts. He taught classes at Springfield College, and also coached the Martial Arts team at Western New England College. In 2000, Bill relocated and opened his own school in Atlanta, GA. He moved back to New England in 2011.

Bill is a 10th generation direct descendant of the Shaolin Hung Gar family. He has mastered the understanding and delivery of the most high-level skills passed through the generations. Because of his thorough mastery, Bill is qualified to teach both internal and external styles of Kung Fu and Tai Chi, along with weapons, two-person fighting sets, and internal Qi Gong.

 

FUN FACT: Bill is known in the school for his amazing ability to eat endless amounts of rice.

 

head instructor chris

Chris began kung fu at an early age learning a Northern Praying Mantis style. Years later, he would start learning under Grandmaster Winchell Woo for more than a decade and has become a key member of the school and the performance team. He decided to open and manage this academy in Quincy with the help of his kung fu family. He hopes that his attention to details and his love for the art will help his students grow and become not only well rounded martial artists but also well-rounded people in their daily lives. Chris' goal is to make a lasting kung fu school to continue to share and spread Grandmaster Woo's teachings, promote Chinese culture and traditions, and to support the community.

 

FUN FACT: Chris is currently in pharmacy school and hopes to learn more about Traditional Chinese Medicine using his pharmacy background.

 

Instructor kenrick

Kenrick began his martial arts training with Tae Kwan Do. After some time he was looking for something more and found Grandmaster Woo and has been learning under Grandmaster Woo for many years. Kenrick was a fast learner and excelled quickly through the curriculum. He soon became a passionate lion dancer and has now become the head lion dancer for the school. Becoming well-versed in both kung fu and lion dancing he has been one of the leading instructors of the school, seeking to help and improve each and every single student.

 

FUN FACT: Kenrick is a passionate Jazz pianist. Click here to check him out!

 

assistant lion dance Instructor evan

Evan has always had a passion for lion dancing since he was a young child. He came to the school looking to learn lion dance many years ago and has found a home at our school to where he can continue persuing his lion dance passion. Evan has become an intricate part of the performance team and the school and sought to promote the art and always finds a way to encourage his students and fellow team members.

 

FUN FACT: Even is currently serving in the National Guard; we thank you for your service.

 

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little Chris

At a young age, Chris took up lion dancing very fast at our school. His passion and love for lion dancing is evident, and he passes it along to each and every student he sees. Always making a willing effort to help out the school, he embodies the spirit and teaching of the school, proving time and time again to be a role model for the students at the school.

 

FUN FACT: Little is not part of Chris' name, but we call him "Little Chris" because at one point there was so many people named Chris at our school we had to differentiate them and Chris was the littlest out of all of them. Now he's not so little and actually getting too tall to lion dance!

 

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