Grand Master Chan Kwok Wai
Grand Master Chan Kwok Wai / Chén Guówěi (陳國偉) was born on April 3rd, 1936, at Toisan in the province of Canton or Guangdong, China.
He started learning Choy Li Fut Kung Fu at age 4 with the late Master Chan Cheok Sing. In 1949 his family moved to Hong Kong where he became a student of very famous KungFu Masters as Ma Kin Fung / Ma Jian Feng (馬劍風), Yim Sheung Mo / Yan Shang Wu (嚴尚武), Won Hong Fan (黃漢勳), Ching Jim Man (張占文), Yim You Chin (甄耀超) and Fu Wingfai (傅永輝).
Chan Kwok Wai brings Northern Shaolin Kung Fu to the Americas!
In 1960, Grandmaster Chan immigrated to Brazil and introduced the country and people to traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, becoming the father of Authentic Traditional Kung Fu in Brazil!
Immediately upon arrival, he started teaching Kung Fu at The Sao Paulo Chinese Social Center. In 1973, he founded the China-Brazil Kung Fu Academy (Academia Sino-Brasileira de Kung Fu), where most of his disciples studied. His disciples have spread to most Brazilian states and internationally, as far as the USA, Canada, Spain, and Argentina.
In September 2004, Chan was awarded the 10th degree of the World Organization of Wu Shu & Kung Fu Masters from Vancouver, BC, Canada, in five styles: Northern Shaolin, Yang Taiji, Bagua, Xingyi, and Hung Sing Choy Li Fut.
Master Baptista, from Kung Fu Connection is a direct disciple of Grandmaster Chan Kwok Wai / Chén Guówěi and represents his lineage in the USA.
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