Grandmaster Pak Mei’s story is without a doubt one of the most controversial of the 18th century. To the Shaolin Temple, he is considered to be a traitor in the service of a foreign power; having played a large role in the destruction of the Shaolin Temple. Following an alliance with the Manchu Qianlong Emperor, Grandmaster Pak Mei continued the spread of his style, as long as it remained secret. Today, we observe that Pak Mei is a much less common style of Kung Fu, because for more than three centuries, practitioners had suffered the contempt and wrath from others due to these controversies – discouraging some from practicing and spreading this fearsome style.
Pak Mei (White Eyebrows) is the first style of Kung Fu that advocates the “shortest path” in close combat. This style puts into practice the five forms of combat of the Shaolin system, while prioritizing the power of the Tiger: to break the bridge of the opponent — and the qualities of the Leopard: aiming to hit the vital points of the opponent with the famous hit of the “Phoenix’s Eye”. The strikes are sharp, fast, and explosive — and the fighting positions (leopard head, bear’s back, rooster’s claw) contribute to an increased fluidity in its movements, which make attacks particularly oppressive for the opponent.
It is the integration of Taoist techniques to the Shaolin system that makes this style extremely unpredictable and, at the same time, represents the very essence of the Traditional Pak Mei system. This fierce hybrid style initially caused confusion in the Shaolin Kung Fu system because it was the only style of its time to use the shortest path in combat, subsequently leading to the birth of Wing Chun Kung Fu: which became the antithesis of this revolutionary style.
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Grandmaster Nam Anh