YAU-MAN KUNG FU STYLE STORY
Yau-Man style of Wushu (Kung-Fu) was founded by master Yau Zhang Fei over 400 years ago in China. Its story is linked to a group known in China as Gai Bang (wanderer or beggar). This group was formed by several masters and practitioners of the many different styles of Wushu, their main purpose was to help the local population, who were treated badly by the local Government. Because of this, they sought to overthrow the Manchu Government. Political persecution obligated the group to disguise themselves as beggars (wanderers) to travel anonymous through many villages and cities all over the country.
Yau-Man Style Genealogy
The necessity of fighting government soldiers motivated the group leaders to study wushu styles of their time; their main goal was to develop techniques (free handed or using weapons) to neutralize opponents, bringing more efficiency to battle. The study and improvement of such techniques led to the development of a new Wushu style, later called Yau-Man.
Difficulty in communication and organization combined with severe repression by the government militia led the group to break down. One of its leaders, the Master Yau Zhang Fei took refuge in a hideout, where he lived for over 10 years and dedicated himself to study Martial Arts and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The beginning of a new epidemic in the central region of China motivated him to leave his retreat with the purpose of helping the affected population.
Gaining respect and admiration for his deeds, Yau Zhang Fei started to wander among several regions in the country, helping the sick and accepting brave individuals as disciples. The name Yau-Man started to designate the followers of Master Yau Zhang Fei and was adopted as the name of his wushu style, this name was also used to escape the persecution of the current government towards the group previously known as Gai Bang.
Therefore, the teachings and the core values of the Gai Bang group were reintegrated to the society and since then have been spread by the following generations. The Yau-Man style has always been firmly linked Traditional Chinese Medicine. Since its early beginning, they have always been closely connected, and this tradition is still present in our days.
Master Yip Fu Kwan initiated his studies as a disciple of Liu Fou Ming, leader of the 4th generation of Yau-Man style. He left Hong Kong in 1973 and, after traveling around the world, he chose São Paulo as his new home. For over 30 years in Brazil now, Master Yip has shared his knowledge and passed on meaningful teachings of Chinese culture and philosophy to his students, being today the only Grand Master in this style worldwide.
This sword belonged to the Ming Dynasty Emperor. It was as given to the members of Gai Bang in gratitue for saving the Emperor's life. The sword became a power symbol to the Yau-man style and it has been transmited to the style's leaders throughout all generations. Currently, it is in the posession of the leader of the 4th generation, the Grand Master Yip Fu Kwan.