The Shaolin Wahnam Institute was founded by Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit.

The school’s lineage can be traced back directly to the two southern Shaolin Temples, as shown in the family tree.

Not many people realize that there were two southern Shaolin Temples, one in the City of Quanzhou, and the other on the Nine-Lotus Mountain, both located in Fujian Province of South China.

During the Ming Dynasty (14th to 17th century) a Ming emperor built a southern Shaolin Temple in the City of Quanzhou in Fujian Province as an imperial temple, to replace the northern Shaolin Temple in Henan Province. This temple was burnt by the Qing Army around 1850s, led by the crown prince Yong Cheng with the help of Lama kungfu experts from Tibet.

The Venerable Chee Seen escaped and built a secret southern Shaolin Temple on the Nine-Lotus Mountain, also in Fujian Province. This temple was also soon burnt by the Qing Army, this time led by Pak Mei, who was a classmate of Chee Seen in the southern Shaolin Temple in Quanzhou.

The northern Shaolin Temple on Song Shan or Song Mountain in Henan Province remained throughout the Qing Dynasty. In fact, the Chinese characters, “Shao Lin Si” which means “Shaolin Temple” at the Main Gate of the Temple were written by the Qing Emperor, Qian Long. This temple was burnt only in 1928, 17 years after the fall of the Qing Dynasty, by rival Chinese warlords. It was destroyed by cannon fire and had nothing to do with kungfu.

Grandmaster Wong One Finger Zen

Grandmaster Wong demonstrating the One Finger Zen hand form

Lineage of the Shaolin Wahnam Institute

Our Grandmaster, Sifu Wong Kiew Kit, learned from four sifus, or teachers. 

Grandmaster Wong’s first sifu was Sifu Lai Chin Wah, more widely known by his honorable nick-name as “Uncle Righteousness”. His second sifu was Sifu Chee Kim Thong, regarded during his time as the living treasure of the People’s Republic of China. Grandmaster Wong’s third sifu was Sifu Ho Fatt Nam, the third generation successor from the southern Shaolin Temple at Quanzhou. His fourth sifu was Sifu Choe Hoong Choy, the patriarch of Choe Family Wing Choon.

It was no coincidence that all Grandmaster Wong’s sifus were patriarchs of their respective styles because Grandmaster Wong sought the best available teachers. Our school, Wahnam, is named after Sifu Lai Chin Wah and Sifu Ho Fatt Nam, as much of our instructional material came from them.

Sifu Lai Chin Wah
Sifu Wong White Crane
Sifu Ho Fatt Nam
Sifu Lai Chin Wah

Sifu Lai Chin Wah

Sifu Wong White Crane

Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

Sifu Ho Fatt Nam

Sifu Ho Fatt Nam

Sifu Lai Chin Wah

Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

Sifu Ho Fatt Nam

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