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GRAND MASTER YIP SHUI


Grand master Yip Shui, became the successor of the Chow Gar Praying Mantis kung fu in 1942 from his teacher Lau Soei. It was the late Lau Soei that brought the Chow Gar Praying Mantis system to Hong Kong from China in 1913. Grandmaster Yip Shui, was born in 1913 and started his training with Lau Soei when he was 21 years old in 1934, he often spoke about the time when he first started training, as he was once propelled through the air by Lau Soei’s shock power, Lau Soei used the soc sau technique that caused the young Yip Shui to fly across the room to hit his head on a wall, which caused him to go unconscious, Lau Soei had revived him and gave him medicine. So thrilled by the skill, he decided he wanted to learn from Lau Soei, Lau Soei accepted him and their relationship lasted until the death of Lau soei in 1942.
Before young Yip Shui met Lau Soei, his only experience in martial arts is what he had learnt from his father, which was a form of Shaolin martial art as his Grandfather had learnt in the Shaolin temple. His father was not to keen for him to only practise martial arts but after some 6 months of training, he got used to the idea, also he had frequent sparring matches with his father and showed the effectiveness of what he had learnt, and his father was then convinced. The young Yip Shui trained earnestly and was an outsider to the other students of Lau Soei, this was because he was not Hakka, and however Lau Soei looked over this problem and trained with him personally. Years later when Lau Soei became ill, young Yip shui looked after him during the 2 years of illness before his death in 1942. Though Yip Shui had learnt everything from Lau Soei, he was not famous until an important challenge match, which he could not back down from.
Later Grand master Yip Shui became one of the most respected martial artists in Hong Kong after defeating many famous kung fu masters in bare hand challenges. These were due to the fact that they tried to dislodge him from his position of his inheritance of the Chow Gar Praying Mantis system. He went on to become famous and establish this Southern Mantis art further. He has taught numerous people in Hong Kong as well as far and wide.
Grand master Yip Shui passed away in 2004 at the age of 93.

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