Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note 232

Ng Mui Sitai 五枚師太 – Part 1

Wing Chun comes from the Southern South Shaolin Temple 南少林寺, Fujian Province, Pu Jian Prefecture 福建省莆田 in Southern China. During the Qing Dynasty 清朝 all the monks, nuns and students of Shaolin Temple opposed the Manchurian 滿州人 Government. This was because most Chinese people, including the monks and nuns, were Han People 漢人. The Qing Government were unable to defeat the Shaolin Temple because of the monks and nuns high level Kung Fu skill and so they corrupted one of the monks who set fire to the Temple when the Qing Army attacked. The Southern Shaolin Temple was defeated! Fortunately many of the monks and nuns were able to escape. One nun in particular was a high level Kung Fu master and her name was Ng Mui Si Tai 五枚師太. 

Having escaped she hid herself in White Crane Temple 白鶴寺. Whilst she was there, Ng Mui witnessed a fight between a crane and a wild cat. The crane jumped up and down using quick footwork, gentle movements of its wings to defend itself, together with its beak to attack the wild cat. Even though the cat was much heavier than the crane, with its skilful movements and good position the crane was able to defend itself and defeat the cat who ran away. So the crane won and seeing this gave Ng Mui new ideas and inspired her to create Wing Chun Kung Fu.

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