Manila Lau Family Hung Kuen Association 菲律宾刘家洪拳会
Chinese martial arts or kungfu is probably not what most people will associate with Manila or Philippines. Therefore, when you mention the Lau Family Hung Kuen Association, most people will think it is in Hong Kong or China. Manila may require some convincing.
Nevertheless, there is a Lau Family Hung Kuen Association in Manila, 菲律宾刘家洪拳会 and with a prestigious heritage. The school in Manila Chinatown is founded by Frank Bolte, a German better known as Sifo Franky Lau who learnt his martial arts from Sifo Mark Ho, a British who trained under the very well known Sifo Lau Kar Leung. 刘家良 who has appeared very frequently on Hong Kong movie productions. Sifo is the Cantonese term for teacher. The Mandarin equivalent is Shifu.
The lineage of Lau Family Hung Kuen Association includes the well-known Wong Fei Hung 黄飞鸿, a martial arts expert who lived during the late Qing period. His martial arts history is almost legendary and it has inspired many television serials and movies in the Hong Kong movie industry.
Franky Lau founded the Lau Family Hung Kuen Association in 2007 sometime after his relocation to Manila from Hong Kong.
The school offers traditional hung gar kuen as taught by the Lau Family in Hong Kong. The programs include self-defense, forms, lion dance 舞狮, the use of weapons and traditional Chinese martial arts training aids like the wooden dummy.
Another interesting facet about the Manila Lau Family Hung Kuen Association is the student profile. They include Tsinoys as well as Filipinos. Many of whom are young professionals of all ages.
The Manila Lau Family Hung Kuen Association thus becomes a node of cross-cultural activities at multiple levels. It is the site where traditional Chinese martial arts are transmitted to non-Chinese and non-traditional audiences and also a stage telling the story of trans-continental and cross-cultural man who began it all; Sifo Franky Lau.