Immortal Dragon Vancouver
At Immortal Dragon Vancouver, we seek mental training through physical exercise. Respect, compassion, humility and fortitude, are among the values we strive to foster and nurture. Through the rigorous practice of Shaolin kung fu, we want to achieve control over our body, mind and spirit.
Learning Shaolin Kung Fu at Immortal Dragon, students will develop confidence, strength, positive social skills, mindfulness, discipline, an “I can” attitude, and improved self-image. It´s a strong training set which includes basic work-out and stretching.
Sifu José Guillén founded Immortal Dragon over more then 30 years ago in Guadalajara, Mexico. He studied 5 Animals Shaolin Kung Fu, in direct lineage of Ark Yuey Wong, with Sifu Amarillas, who is still guiding him. Since Sifu Amarillas has retired as a kung fu teacher, Dashi Steven Baugh from the Lohan School of Kung Fu in Las Vegas took over the guidance. Today there are more then 10 Immortal Dragons in Mexico (Guadalajara, Zapopan, Zacatecas, Aguascaliente, Puerto Vallarta, Toluca, and more) and Immortal Dragon is part of the Lohan School International.
Our main principles are: to Strive & Achieve, Compassion, Humility, Patience, Confidence, Respect and Fortitude. We believe that everyone can reach hers or his true potential if you only work hard enough on it.
The current rebranding of Chinese Boxing to Wushu (Chinese for martial arts) is a way to restructure the confusion about all the different styles, lineages and branches of Chinese martial arts. Kung fu literally means to achieve something through hard work, so anyone can have kung fu/ gong fu in whatever the person is doing. Understanding this and applying it to daily life is our goal. Traditional martial arts are more then just sports but a way of living.
Shaolin Kung Fu as implicated int he name, is named after the Shaolin temple where Chan Buddhism was founded. Besides the Buddhist influence in kung fu there was also the old Daoist believes mixing in to a list of principles visible still today. Some of them are Perfection through steady practice, to take care about life, a dualistic thinking (Yin/ Yang), to win without fighting, to have a psychology of fighting, the idea of facing oneself’s fears and much more.
Grandmaster Ark Yuey Wong
Grandmaster Ark Y. Wong was born in 1900 (some sources claim 1902), in Canton, China, to be exact in Toysun Tien Sum Chien village, Guangdong Province. When he was only seven years old he started training in kung fu and martial arts under the supervision of 14 masters. One of his first teachers was the Choy Li Fut master Lam Ark Fun. He and Ho Yeng (Mok Gar) were the most influential masters for GM Wong. At the age of 12 he also started to learn about herbalism with his master, and later on, Chinese Medicine. For a short period of time, when GM Wong went to college in Guangzhou, he first started to teach martial arts, in the form of private lessons. There he also studied Qi Gong. Back in his home village he started to accept students of his own, and he was recognized as a great lion dancer. Anticipating the start of a civil war in China, he made his family emigrate to San Francisco (USA) in 1921 where he taught kung fu (although not publicly). In 1931 he received a request to come back to his home village to teach martial arts in his own family. He stayed there until 1934, when he left again for Los Angeles, where he opened his own shop, focused on herbalism and martial arts. Until the 1950s/60s his teachings were restricted to the Chinese community. In 1958 GM Wong accepted his first non-Chinese students. This was the start of the open kung fu schools era which still exist today. GM Wong appeared in TV and movies like "Kung Fu". He passed away in 1987 but left a legacy, and thousands of students still training according to his instructions.
5 Animal Shaolin Kung Fu
Our lineage is focused on Grand Master Ark Y. Wong who created the Five Animal Five Families Kung Fu, also known as Ng Ga Kuen. The Five Southern Families style (Fut, Hung, Choy, Li, Mok) originate in the Siu Lum (Shaolin) Temple at Guangdong. The Southern Five Animal Style is integrated in the Five Animal Five Families Kung Fu. The two should not be confused as separate styles: where the Five Families are the foundation – encompassing all our concepts, strategies, and theories – in the Five Animals (tiger, crane, snake, dragon, leopard) we can find internal and external conditioning of the body, like Chi cultivation through Tai Chi or Qi Gong.