History of the Style
First mentioned in the 12th century as a forbidden style of attacking combat, it was incorporated into the Imperial Bodyguard system less than a century later. The last great master being General Zhang, the emperor’s security chief, who in the 1920’s led the remnants of the bodyguard into Burma after they were disbanded.
The system passed on from Grandmaster Lew to master John Fanning. The style is known for its savage technique and Iron Fist training.
Its self-defense is second to none and is hallmarked by its direct and brutal method of effective defense. All technique must be backed up by a rigorous breaking regime not found in any other system today. Every grade in this style has extensive brick and block breaking, in order to effect the cessation of all hostilities in an adversary.
This system has no sporting uses, its hand to hand and weapons are solely designed for combat. If you’re looking for a dynamic self-defense in order to ensure your safety then look no further.
Mingchuan Kung Fu – Synopsis

  • This system engages in full contact sparring, conditioning for the purpose of absorbing impact and the toughening of the bodies natural weapons, “IRON FIST” training etc, for brick and block breaking.
  • Stress is placed on kicking and flexibility due to the emphasis on total mastery of all combat situations.
  • Flow and adaptability as opposed to rigidity.
  • Kickboxing, bando and thai-boxing are facets which are encompassed in the Ming Ch’uan regime.
  • The use of “toda korusu”, 108 weaponed systems and military close-quarter combat as practiced by the World’s elite forces.
  • Centuries of experience in Warfare dictates the need for expertise in all modes of combat, Ming-Ch’uan strives to achieve this end.
  • Unlike most of today’s martial arts, this systems orientation is towards practical effective combat as opposed to the competitive inclination of others. Thus this system retains its pristine form and its effectiveness is not diluted by rules and regulations of the competitive structure.
  • A subtle aspect inherent within Ming-Ch’uan is the development of “nui-gung” and “chi-gung”(inner powerand breath power), prominent in eastern cultures and religions but un-nurtured in the west.
  • The essence of Chinese Martial Arts is the combination of Armed (weapons) and unarmed systems as a whole and not seperate entities, thereby ensuring total combat effectiveness.
  • Ming-Ch’uan has a repertoire of 18 basic kicks, grappling ground-work, take-downs, pressure points striking-grabbing (dim-mak), throwing, all of which are employed in attack.