Tiger Boxing Styles

Especially in the Southern Kung Fu boxing styles, the Tiger lives and stalks. Many styles have a Tiger specialty, sequence, a training method based on the Tiger. And some styles pattern themselves almost entirely off this fierce creature.


Wong Moon ToyFu Jow Pai was originally also known as Hark Fu Moon (Black Tiger system). It was then associated with Hoy Hong Temple to memorialize Wong Bil Hong’s unknown monk teacher from that temple in Canton. Master Wong (1841-1934) had studied Hong Gar from the famous Wong Kai Ying then his son, Wong Fai Hung. Next he learned the Black Tiger at Hoy Hong Temple. One of Wong’s two disciples was his nephew Wong Moon Toy who, after years of training with Lum Sai Wing then Wong himself, eventually travelled to the United States. Though he taught for 25 years he only passed on Hung Far and Mi Zong. Finally, in 1857 he formally established Fu Jow Pai at the Chinese Youth Athletic Club in New York City. Though publically known the style was still closed to the public. However, when Grandmaster Wong died in 1960, his successor, grandmaster Wai Hong decided to open the style to the public. From that point he and his students have been instrumental in promoting the traditional arts of Kung Fu through tournaments, schools, demonstrations and seminars. The style itself is fast, hard and direct with the energy and the aggressive intuition of the Tiger. The basic sets around which the system revolves are:
Tiger Forms 1 to 4, Stafff, Saber, Empty Hand Duet Form, Empty Hand vs Saber, Staff Paired Form, Saber vs Staff, 18 Tiger Claws, Iron Hand Training.


Before Hung Gar was what most of us now know it to be was a style in which the separate sets each specializ
Bao Ying Kuen: Panther
Fu Ying Kuen: Tiger
She Ying Kuen: Snake
Hoc Ying Kuen: Crane
Lung Ying Kuen: Dragon

This is one of the few “Northern” Tiger styles though, technically it probably more accurately represents the lesser known “middle” styles category. The style is said to have originated at the Henan Shaolin Temple itself. From there it passed to Wang ZhenYuan  beginning the following lineage…

Wang ZhenYuan
Wang ZiJiu
Wang ZhiXiao
Su FuYuan (Su Hik Guan)
Another member includes Tjoa Khek Kiong, co-author of the first English book on the subject