The Northern Eagle Claw Kung Fu system is ideal for men, women and children of all age groups, body types and athletic ability. Because the system relies on subtle re-direction of an attacker's own aggressive energy, it can be used effectively regardless of a person's size and strength.
Beginning students learn general kung fu principles and fundamental Eagle Claw techniques, including basic stretching, stances, kicks, punches, strikes, forms, gymnastics and self defense.
Intermediate and advanced students learn sparring techniques, more intricate and demanding forms including two-men fighting techniques, classical kung fu weaponry, locking techniques and free sparring.
Eagle Claw Kung Fu (Faan Tzi Ying Jow Pai) is known for its peculiar and powerful gripping techniques and for it's intricate system of locks, takedowns, and pressure point strikes as well as long strikes.
Eagle Claw is one of the oldest, most complete, most complex and devastating of the surviving Northern Shaolin styles. The style is said to have started in 1130, at a time of Mongolian incursions into northern China, when General Ngok Fei learned techniques from a Shaolin monk named Jow Tong. Ngok Fei adapted and taught these techniques (which he called "Elephant Style) to his army which went on to many battlefield victories.
Later during the Ming Dynasty the hand techniques were combined with the Faan Tzi system by a monk, Lai Chin, thus creating the system now called Northern Eagle Claw. During the 1800's, the system was passed along to the Lau family.
In the 1920's one of the top fighters in all of China was Eagle Claw master Chan Tzi Ching. One of his top students was Ng Wai Nung who went on to assist the famous Eagle Claw Grandmaster Lau Fat Mon.
Grandmaster Leung Shum is the godson and top student of Ng Wai Nung. In 1972 Leung Shum moved to New York to teach Ying Jow Pai Northern Eagle Claw Kung Fu in the United States.
Because of his skill and dedication, Master Frank Marrero obtained the title of Master of Ying Jow Pai Northern Eagle Claw Kung Fu System from Grandmaster Leung Shum.