World Eagle Claw Association

 

    In 1929 the Late Great Grand Master Lau Fat Mang was requested travel to Hong Kong as Head instructor for the new Ching Wu martial arts academy, This was a very famous period of growth for martial arts in Hong Kong and led to it's introduction to the West. Lau Fat Mang and  two other famous Kung Fu Masters Yeh Yuh Tin and Kan Tak Hoi became known as the three Heroes from Hopei.
    As China became embroiled in war Grand Master Lau was requested by the army in training the troops. While his military career was brief, Late Great Grand Master went on to become a national war hero.  He organized and trained a special forces troop named the 19th Regiment Dai Do Brigade (Dai Do is a type of Big Sword). This group specialized in making night-time raids on enemy encampments during the Japanese occupation of China. The exploits of the Dai Do Brigade are legendary and are still a point of pride in China today.

The Late Great Grand Master Lau Fat Mang was born in 1902.  He was the nephew of Lau Kai Men and close relative of Lau Ch'ung Y'o, who was a student of the Eagle Claw Founder Lau Si Chun. This family connection allowed him to be trained in the inner "secret" forms of Eagle Claw that were not taught to the general public. Lau Fat Mang had already made a name for himself in martial arts circles by winning honors at the Peking civil service exams.  These exams were very difficult and competitive, encompassing both Confucianism and martial arts.  The Late Great Grand Master Lau Fat Mang's specialty was that of a unique style called Joy Lhok Tong (Six Drunken Falling Form).  In his early 20's, GrandMaster Lau Fat Mang was requested to travel to the famous Shanghai Chin Wu Association and take over the teaching of Eagle Claw there.

    After the war, Great Grand Master Lau Fat Mang opened his own school in Hong Kong and taught   there for several years. Toward the end of his career he retired to the New Territories of Hong Kong and taught only his family. Master Gini Lau, the youngest of three daughters and two sons, was born late in her father's life.  Chosen by her father to carry on the Eagle Claw tradition. she spent many hours of hard, grueling training, sweeping away the old traditions of Eagle Claw only being taught to the son and heir.  Gini Lau was given the complete Eagle Claw system as taught by her father.

    Great GrandMaster Lau Fat Mang was considered a Zheung Mun Yan, or standard bearer, for Eagle Claw, a position only gained by those of the very highest skill - those that are able to carry the legacy of the Eagle Claw system in it's entirety to pass onto the next generation.  His daughter Master Gini Lau is considered by many to be a current Zheung Mun Yan for her fathers Eagle Claw system.

    Great GrandMaster Lau Fat Mang was a prolific writer on Eagle Claw and his books helped spread knowledge of the Eagle Claw system far and wide.  The books he wrote are still sought after today, some being re-printed and re-released many times.

Great Grand Master Lau Fat Mang

(1902-1964)