What We Weren’t Supposed To Know
This is a long but interesting read it is almost everything you need to know about the transitions our Art went through since GMW left China. This is a difficult read and many will not make it or understand it but those who do will have a much deeper understanding of their Art, I had this translated from Chinese. This is Jimmy’s school, it has moved to another location. Master Wong Yi Man is the first generation from GMW learning from GMW’s classmate/friend and who he called his cousin, Chan Sai Mo. Master José Antonio Rey García is the second generation since GMW left and he also combined “Shuai Jiao” as did GMW. Tony can fight and is the Top Student from that school. You will see all the arts they study, their knowledge is very deep. I have included two videos so you can see the speed and accuracy Tony maintains.
Master Wong Yi Man’s school is an the example of the valuable legacy of traditional kungfu from Southern China. With more than fifty years of practical experience in Wushu, Master Wong Yi Man, founder of the Nan Pai Kungfu Academy in Tai Shang district in the province of Guang Dong, is one of the most highly recognized masters in Southern Shaolin martial arts.
MASTER WONG YI MAN’S ACADEMY
He started his martial arts studies at age 6 under the guidance of Master Huang Yu Jin (黃遇錦, fourth generation Master, Hong Quan style). With this master he was initiated in the practice of Hong Jia Quan (Hung Gar), before travelling at the age of 14 to the city of Jiang Men to start his studies of Cai Li Fu Quan (Choy Lee Fut), with the renamed Master Chen Shi Wu (陳世武, third generation Cai Li Fu Master). At 18 he started to learn Fo Jia Quan with Master Lei Jin Tao (雷錦桃, second generation Fo Jia Quan Master), who was direct disciple of the famous Lian Tian Zhu. After such intense period of instruction he returned to his home city where he was started in the practice of Yang style Tai Ji Quan, with Master Huang Zhong Qi (黃仲其, third generation master of Tai Ji Quan through the line of transmission of Master Yang Cheng Fu).
In 1976, after winning the first place in the national Chinese competitions representing the Jiang Men delegation, the Chinese Government named him Wushu Rector for the district of Tai Shan, where he developed very significant activity and made great effort in teaching of martial art in Tai Shan Physical Education School. Master Wong Yi Man is the Oficial Vicepresident of the Department of Martial Arts Instructors in the province of Jiang Men, President of Shan Tang Wushu Guan School (山塘武術館), in Tai Shan, province of Guangzhou, high degree referee of the Popular Republic of China and one of the most important masters in Guang Dong province.
Master Wong Yi Man has condensed in his school the legacy of several decades of studies and exercising of the main currents of Southern China styles. That is why his academy is summarized with the generic name of Nan Pai (Southern School) precisely because his intention goes beyond the exclusive study of only one style.
In 1995 Master Wong Yi Man arrives in Havana City with the objective of giving continuity to his knowledge. He officialy introduced in the capital of Cuba the traditional boxing from Southern China and founded an academy with his name. Sponsored by the Cuban Federation of Karate Do and Alike Martial Arts, The Cuban Olympic Committee and Board of Directors of China Town in Havana, he founded Wong Yi Man Gu Ba Nan Pai Gong Fu Zong Guan (Cuban Kungfu Academy of the current of the south of China styles of Master Wong Yi Man, 黄宇文古巴南派功夫總館).
In 1998, after returning to the Asian continent, Master Wong Yi Man founded Nan Pai Kungfu Academy in Taishan district which nowadays has more tan one hundred members. In 2003 he inaugurated Wong Yi Man Nan Pai Kungfu Academy in Boston and New York (USA).
In 2008, Master Wong Yi Man named shifu José Antonio Rey García (Tony), who already was his main instructor and President of his Academy in Cuba, worldwide Vice-president of his Academy, thus providing empowerment to represent him internationally.
With the presence of Shifu Tony in Brazil in 2008, the Baxi Wong Yi Man Nan Pai Kungfu Academy (Brazil Wong Yi Man Academy of Southern Chinese martial arts, 黄宇文巴西南派功夫總館), was founded, with headquarters in Sao Paulo City. The current President of this academy is Shifu Ernesto García Gonzalez, who was the President of Nan Pai Kungfu Academy in Cuba between 1995-1997.
Nan Pai Academy groups the most traditional and genuine kungfu, based on its four main schools: Cai Li Fo Quan (Boxing that combines the techniques of Masters Li Yau San, Chan Yuen Woo and those of Monk Choy Fook, known in the western hemisphere as Choy Lee Fut, 蔡李佛), Hong Jia Quan (Boxing of the Hong Family, also known as Hung Ga, 洪家拳), Fo Jia Quan (Boxing of the Buddhist current, trend developed by famous Master Liang Tian Zhu, 佛家拳), Taiji Quan (Yang School Taiji Boxing, 太極拳), and an additional system developed by Master Wong Yi Man, called Wu Xing Pai (五形派), or school of the five animals. These systems are not only transmitted from their martial standpoint but also from their therapeutic and philosophic aspects.
Master Wong Yi Man has condensed in five styles forty-four years of studies and investigation. He has elaborated his own strategic concepts, absorbing the strong points of more tan 100 sequences of traditional boxing of the south. This has given him a very peculiar way of approaching the theory of Qi circulation and its projection.
That is why he is often heard saying: “One should know the difference between the right path and the wrong path. False theories are very abundant in Kungfu”
It is so that our academy encompasses within its curriculum: studies of the classic routines (Tao Lu, 套路), from each of the styles previously mentioned, the study and understanding, both in theory and practice, of each technical and strategic principle existing in the traditional forms, exercising, and the study of methods for the strenthening and promotion of health such as different methods of martial and terapeutical Qigong for physical strength (各种氣功﹐硬 功). It also includes the learning of Southern Chinese traditional weapons, study and practice of combat forms such as Shuai Jiao (projection techniques, 摔跤), Qin Na (capture techniques, 擒拿), training of the ancient ceremony of the Southern Lion Dance (南派醒獅 地獅圖陳, 高椿), the study of northern and southern traditional Wushu, as well as the internal and external schools (南北武術研究, 內家外家武術研究). The philosophical studies that analize the Taiji theory (theory of the creation of all things, 太極的理論), Yin and Yang (theory of the universal bipolarity, 陰陽的理論), Wu Xing (theory of the five elements, 五行的理論), Ba Gua (theory of the eight trigramas, 八卦的理論), plus emphasizing on the study of the foundations of Chinese traditional medicine and its practical use in traumatology.
Master Wong Yi Man still keeps his transmissions in effect inside and out of China with the goal of expanding the essence of true Kungfu throughout the world.
Tony (José Antonio) Rey García was born in Havana City (Cuba) in 1966. At 11 he started to learn Ju-Jutsu (Rou Shu Dao, 柔術道 – The Path of the Flexible Techniques) under the guidance of Master Raúl Pozo, direct disciple of the Japanese Master and 5th dan, Segitoshi Morita. In 1981 he met Master Ramón Blanco, who introduced him to an ancient branch of the southern Chinese Hong Quan style. In 1988, while teaching Ju-Jutsu at “Ciro Frías” Sports Center” in Arroyo Naranjo Municipality, he is invited to deliver a course of Taiji Quan (太極拳 – Taiji Boxing) at Gu Ba Zhong Hua Zong Hui Guan Chinese Casino (古巴中華總會館), along with instructors Ernesto González and Antonio Cordero.
In 1993 he focused on the training of the Waigong Yi Jin Jing (外功易筋經 – External exercises of muscle and tendon transformation, the Ba Duan Jin (八段錦 – The brocade of the eight sections), the Hua Tuo Wu Qin Xi (華佗五禽戏 – The sport of the five animals) and on other methods of traditional Qigong, taught to him by Dr. Liu Zheng Cai, Vice-president of the Examining Committee of China, investigator at the Institute of the Seniors in the province of Sichuan and Associate University Professor at the Institute of Biological Sciences of Beijing. Dr. Liu was invited to deliver courses and lectures in Havana City on the medical theory of the Qigong and on the methods of mantainance and preservation of health.
In 1994 he starts the teaching of periodical lessons of the Hong Quan style in a facility on Zanja Street owned by the Zhong Guo Hong Men Min Zhi Dang Society (中國洪門民治黨) of China Town in Havana, while attending courses of Chinese Language, Phylosophy and Bei Pai Wushu (北派武術 – Wushu of the north trends) delivered by Professor Salim Handatjaia.
In 1995 Master Wong Yi Man (黄宇文), official Vicepresident of the Departament of Instructors of the Guangzhou Marcial Arts Association, Master of the Nan Pai Gong Fu school from Taishan as well as qualified marcial artist and Referee of the Popular Republic of China arrives in Cuba. Master Wong prepared a group of twelve instructors for the development in Cuba of traditional Chinese southern boxing styles. After a long period of training he had introduced more than twenty classical sequences along with their martial applications, among which there are the Cai Li Fo (蔡李佛 – Boxing that combines techniques from Masters Li Yau San and Chan Yuen Woo with those of Monk Choy Fook, known in Occident as Choy Lee Fut, 蔡李佛), Bagua Hong Quan (八卦洪拳 – Boxing of the Eight Directions of the Hong Fist), Tai Zi Jian Quan (太子剑拳 – Boxing of the Prince’s Sword), Wu Xing Quan (五形拳 – Boxing of the Five Animals), Wu Hu Xun Shan Quan (五虎巡山拳 – Boxing of the Five Tigers that Guard the Montain), Shi Ba Luo Han Quan (十八羅漢拳 – Boxing of the Eighteen Luohan) and a great variety of sequences with weapons such as: Hong Jia San Gu Cha (洪家三股叉 – Hong Quan Style Trident), Hong Jia Zhi Chang Dang Tou Kun (洪家之長單頭琨 – Hong Quan Single Head Long Staff), Wu Long Nao Hai Dao (烏龍鬧海刀 – Sword of the Five Dragons that Whirl in the Sea), Hu Die Dao (蝴蝶刀 – Butterfly Daggers), Nan Qiang (南枪 – Southern Spear), while also an advising in Qin Na (擒拿 – Capture Techniques) and in the ancient form of Yang family Taiji Quan.
Shifu Tony was elected in 1996 to hold the role of Vice-president of the Cuban Association of Wushu, which was founded by professor Roberto Vargas Lee, a graduate from the Beijing Institute of Physical Culture, and at the same time he leads the technical direction of the Wong Yi Man Zhong Guo Nan Pai Wushu Zong Guan school (黄宇文中国南派武术總館 – Wong Yi Man’s Academy of Southern Chinese Martial Arts), where he holds the degree of Qi Ji Wu Shi (柒級武士 – Seventh Level of Wushu), directly awarded by Master Wong Yi Man. He also delivers courses of Taiji Quan at the National School of Arts (ENA in Spanish), the International Center of Artistic Teaching and introduces traditional Wushu in the Eastern province of Guantánamo where he is still an advisor on an annual basis.
In 1997 he was initiated in the practice of the Chen Shi Taiji Quan (陳氏太極拳 – The ancient form of the Chen Taiji Quan Style), introduced in Cuba by Dr. He Xiang Wu, head of the Department of Acupuncture and Tui Na at the Military General Hospital in the province of Henan, who also gave instructions about some of the fundamental methods in the development of Taiji Quan such as: Taiji Dantian Gong (太極丹田功 – Work to mobilize Qi in the Dantian), Taiji Can Si Jin Gong (太極蠶丝劲功 – Work to unfold Qi of the silkworm), Taiji Xiao Zhou Tian Gong (太極小周天功 – Work of the minor celestial circulation), Taiji Da Zhou Tian Gong (太極大周天功 – Work of the major celestial circulation) and Shaolin Neigong Yi Jin Jing (少林內功易筋經 – Internal methods of transformation of muscles and tendons from Shaolin).
In 1998 he taught courses of Qigong and Taiji Quan applied to non-contagious cronic diseases and as a general profillactic method in the Cuban Academy of Sciences’ Laboratory of Psychossocial Health Studies. He was also invited by the Cuban Federation of Karate Do and similar martial arts to participate in several Chinese martial art events and exhibitions, where he obtained different acknowledgements.
In 2001 he recontacts Master Wong Yi Man in China, there he is given personal instructions on the ancient trend of Wu Xing Quan (五形拳- Boxing of the Five Animals) and Yang style Taiji.
In 2003 he is trained in Hong Jia Quan technique (洪家拳 – Boxing of the Hong Family) and Hu Jia Quan (虎家拳 – Boxing of the Tiger Family), together with some methods of weapons and exercising in pairs.
In 2004 he was given instructions at Shaolin Temple by the Monk and Master of Generation 31, Shi De Chao (释德潮), disciple of Reverend Shi Suxi (释素喜), Sir Monk of Generation 30 who passed away in 2002. Being introduced in some of the systems of budist Qigong, he was trained in the techniques of Da Hong Quan (大洪拳 – Great Hong Family Boxing).
In 2006 he taught classes in southern China and participated in the demonstrations given by the Shang Tang of Taishan School during the traditional celebrations of the Dance of the Lion. In this opportunity he was once again taught by Master Wong Yi Man, who had returned from the U.S. after founding the schools of Boston and New York, as well as Masters Huang Cong Rong (黄聪荣), Huang Zhou Guan (黃卓光), Huang Tian Wu (黄天武) and Huang De Qiang (黄德强), who contributed to the widening of his knowledge on traditional sequences with weapons and Dui Da (对答) techniques.
In 2007 Master Wong Yi Man directly hands him in the official naming through which he is awarded the degree of Jiaolian as well as the rank of President of the Nan Pai Kung Fu Academy in Cuba. The chair of President allows him to direct all schools from Master Wong Yi Man’s system as well as to provide levels with his own stamp and signature. In this same year he is trained in southern China in the traditional boxings of the Choy Lee Fu Quan (蔡李佛拳), taught in Master Huang Yu Wen’s branch.
In 2008 he taught classes and acted as technical advisor at Wong Yi Man Nan Pai Wushu Academy in the province of Guangzhou, district of Taishan. There he was given directly from the hands of Master Wong Yi Man the International Title through which he is acknowledged as Vicepresident of the Wong Yi Man Academy in China and the rest of the world.
In the same year he travelled to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he delivered seminars, lectures and courses of Taijiquan, Taijijian, Nan Pai Wushu and methods of traditional Qigong and offered training of Shuai Jiao and Qin Na for the Brazilian National League instructors. After a successful stay in that country he inaugurated the Ba Xi Wong Yi Man Nan Pai Wushu Zong Guan Academy (巴西黄宇文中国南派武术總館 – Brazil Wong Yi Man Academy of Southern Chinese martial arts) with headquarters in the City of Sao Paulo, Brazil. In this opportunity he was awarded the honor title delivered by Master Leandro Keck Gemeo and Dr. Antonio Gemeo Neto, President of the Brazilian Confederation of Pankration Athlima, as an acknowledgement.
In November, 2008 he participated in the VI International Kungfu Cup held in Sao Paulo, Brazil where he made demonstrations and was awarded an honor plaque as guest master.
In July 2009 he returned to Sao Paulo to participate in the I International Congress of Martial Arts and Chinese Medicine. At the time he delivered seminars, courses and lectures on different Chinese martial arts topics. Two of his students contested in the Wushu National Championship held on August 16 and obtained gold and silver medals respectively.
He has delivered Wushu, Qigong and Taijiquan seminars in Frankfurt (Germany), Vienna (Austria), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Cuba and Guangzhou (China). He travels periodically to southern China to broaden his knowledge with Master Wong Yi Man. He also receives instruction from Masters Huang Zhong Shao (黃鐘韶) and Liu Zhou Ren (劉周仁), in Taiji Quan, southern animal boxing, and combat strategies both barehanded and with weapons.
With over twenty-nine years of experience in martial arts, his knowledge has travelled worldwide.
Nowadays he lives in Austria where he is a trainer, an actor and choreographer of the Odeon Theater in Vienna.
TITLES, CERTIFICATES AND TROPHIES AWARDED TO MASTER JOSÉ ANTONIO REY GARCIA
Official naming given in Havana City as Head of instructors in the National Association of Wushu-
Kungfu in 1996.
Official naming given in Havana City as Vicepresident of the National Association of Wushu-Kungfu
Acknowledgement granted by Professor Roberto Vargas Lee in 1997.
Acknowledgement granted by the presidency of Wong Yi Man Academy in Cuba in 1996.
Certificate of Athlete of the Cuban Federation of Karate and Alike Martial Arts,
granted in 1996 by Brigade General Moisés Sio Wong.
International certificate of Wong Yi Man Zhong Guo Nan Pai Kungfu Zong Guan Academy (黄宇文中国南派武术總館 – Wong Yi Man Academy of martial arts of the current of schools from the south of China).
He attained de grade of Qi Ji Wu Shi (柒級武士 – seventh level of kungfu), directly granted by the Shifu Wong Yi Man in the year 2000.
Official naming granted in 2007 directly by Shifu Wong Yi Man, in which Master José Antonio Rey García
is named representative of Wong Yi Man Academy in Cuba and the rest of the world.
Title granted directly by Shifu Wong Yi Man in 2006 from the Academy of Taishan,
province of Guangzhou, through which instructor José Antonio Rey García
is named Highly Qualified Master.
International Certificate granted by Shifu Wong Yi Man in 2007 through
which Master José Antonio Rey García is appointed President of Nan Pai Kung Fu Academy in Cuba.
International Certificate granted by Shifu Wong Yi Man in 2008 naming Master José Antonio Rey García Vice-president of his academy in China and the rest of the world.
Honor Title granted in 2008 by Master Leandro Heck Gemeo (Technical Director of the Brazilian Confederation of Pankration Athlima), for courses delivered in Sao Paulo.
Reconocimiento otorgado por la Comisión de Artes Marciales en la provincia de Guantánamo, 2008.
Plaque awarded as guest Master during the VI International Kungfu Cup held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Certificate awarded in 2009 for his participation in the First International Congress of Martial Arts
and Chinese Traditional Medicine in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he delivered courses and seminars.
Trophy awarded for his participation in the First International Congress of Martial Arts and Chinese Traditional Medicine in the City of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Trophy awarded in Wushu Championship where his students won gold and silver medals in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2009.
Banner granted by Master Wong Yi Man in 2009, in the district of Taishan, Guangzhou, China.