What is Lau Gar Kung Fu?
Lau Gar Kuen is the style’s full name. In English it means:
Lau – The family name (Lau)
Gar – Family
Kuen – Fist
Lau Gar Kuen translated means “Lau Family Fist”.
Lau Gar Kung Fu is based on the Shaolin Five Animals and is derived from a form of boxing practiced at Kuei Ling Temple, situated on Bac Pye Saan in Kong Sai (Guangxi) Province in West China.
In fact Lau is one of the original five ancestor styles. All of the Southern Kung Fu systems are derived from five major styles, Lau, Hung, Choy, Li and Mok.
The fighting techniques of the style are based upon the Shaolin Five Animals, Dragon, Tiger, Snake, Leopard and Crane. The mental training and fighting strategy are derived from Buddhist Philosophy.
Lau Gar has a significant internal content as well as soft and long techniques. The Internal requires significantly more training because the power that makes them effective is not from the obvious external type. The style also excels in stick work.