Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit is the founder of the Shaolin Wahnam Institute.
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 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.
First Southern Shaolin Temple
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 the 1850s, led by the crown prince Yong Cheng with the help of Lama kungfu experts from Tibet.
Second Southern Shaolin Temple
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, a classmate of Chee Seen in the southern Shaolin Temple in Quanzhou.
Northern Shaolin Temple
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 in 1928 by rival Chinese warlords, 17 years after the fall of the Qing Dynasty. It was destroyed by cannon fire and had nothing to do with kungfu.
Grandmaster Wong’s Teachers
Grandmaster 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
Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit
Sifu Ho Fatt Nam
Shaolin Wahnam Institute
Schools around the World
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- Maitreya Institut Gutenstein – Sifu Sylvester Lohninger
- Shaolin Treasure House Online Courses
- Shaolin Wahnam Austria – Sifu Leonard Lackinger
- Shaolin Wahnam Qi Gong Linz – Sifu Irene Hewarth
- Kung Fu London – Sifu Jon Slade
- Shaolin Qigong Hampshire – Sifu Matthew Wood
- Shaolin Training – Sifu Barry Smale & Sifu Tim Franklin
- Zen Arts – Sifu Tim Franklin
- Zen Earth Therapies – Sifu James Lawrence
- Holistic Health Cultivation Center, Kuala Lumpur – Sifu Dr. Foong Tuck Meng
- Shaolin Wahnam Institute – Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit
- Shaolin Wahnam Kuala Lumpur – Sifu Lee Wei Joo
- Shaolin Wahnam Sabah – Sifu Bernie Kissey
- Shaolin Wahnam Nederland – Sifu Roeland Dijkema
- Shaolin Wahnam Utrecht, Netherlands – Sifu Miguel Sparisou
- Chi Kung Barcelona – Sifu Adalia Iglesias
- Shaolin Wahnam Alicante – Sifu Trinidad Parreño
- Shaolin Wahnam Barcelona – Sifu Daniel Perez
- Shaolin Wahnam Chi Kung Madrid – Sifu Victor Manuel Mendana
- Shaolin Wahnam Institute Salamanca – Sifu Santi Criado
- Shaolin Wahnam Madrid – Sifu Angel De Castro
- Wahnam Madrid – Sifu Laura Fernández
- Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan Madrid – Sifu Manuel Tirado Lopez
- Flowing Health – Sifu Andrew Barnett
- Qi Gong Healing – Sifu Irene Bassal
- Shaolin Wahnam Switzerland – Sifu Andrew Barnett
- Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan & Qigong – Sifu Andrea Zilio