DRAGON KUNG FU
Shaolin Kung Fu Classes in Berlin
About CHIU CHUNG
Lung Ying, meaning 'Dragon Shape/Style', is a very traditional style which can be traced back to the Shaolin Huashoutai Temple (Cantonese Wa Sau Toi, pictured here) on Luo Fu Shan mountain (wiki, map) in Guangdong province, Southern China. It was developed by the Buddhist monks not only for physical health and wellbeing, but also to protect others and ultimately develop their energetic and spiritual connection to the universe. It remained in the monasteries until around 1890. At that time, the monk Daai Yu invited a young layman 'tiger' Lam Yiu Kwai who was already proficient in his own family's style to the temple to learn the style. After achieving a high level of proficiency, Lam Yiu Kwai taught Lung Ying to many students including his own sons. The people living in the region at the time were originally of northern Chinese decent and thus the style is described as a 'Hakka' (guest-people) style.
A Five Animal style, it draws inspiration from the Snake, Eagle, Tiger, Panther and, of course, Dragon.
CLASSES AND COURSES
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MICHAEL O CONNOR
With a previous background in Karate and Tae Kwon Do, I began learning Lung Ying in Ireland in 2005. In 2014 I moved to Berlin and began teaching there. In 2016 I was awarded the title, Sifu (teacher) My goal is to pass on as accurately as possible the essence of Lung Ying as taught to me by my own Sifu, Nicholas Costello.
Daii Yu was a Chan Buddhist monk who is credited with teaching Lung Ying to Lam Yui Kwai.
LAM YUI KWAI
For information on Lam Yui Kwai, see the section titled Origins.
Following communist rule, Chiu Chung moved to Hong Kong in the 1950’s. Chiu Chung worked as a gardener and a healer, specialising in bone-setting, herbal medicines and Qigong (Chi Gung) healing. He also taught Taoist beliefs, alongside Lung Ying Kung Fu and meditation.
Nicholas Costello first began teaching in Ireland in 1980 and in 1983 he was officially certified as a Sifu (Teacher) of Lung Ying Kung Fu. He travelled to Hong Kong in 1987 and began learning from Chiu Chung, travelling between Dublin and Hong Kong several times each year. In 1998, he established the Shaolin Buddhist Temple in Slane, Co. Meath, Ireland.