Grand Master Gù Rǔzhāng or Ku Yu-Cheung [1894–1952] was a famous Chinese KungFu Master who disseminated the Northern Shaolin style (北 – Bei Shaolin / Bak Siu Lum) in southern China in the early 20th century after being invited to join the famous Zhōng Yāng Guóshù Guǎn, which can be literally translated as the “Central Martial Arts Academy” established, in Nanjing, China.

The Central Academy was established by the government of the Republic of China in 1928. Its sole purpose was the propagation of Chinese martial arts, Guoshu / Kuoshu, literally translated as “national art”, which was a generic term used by Chinese Government to refer to martial arts better known in the west as KungFu. The Central Academy, along with the Jing Wu Athletic Association, played a very important role preserving many traditional styles of KungFu into the 20th century.

The vice-president of the Central Academy, General Li Jinglin invited five famous masters from northern China to join the Central Academy. They became known as the Wu Hu Xia Jiangnan, which can be translated as the “Five Tigers Heading South of Jiangnan”. Grand Master Gù Rǔzhāng was one of them.

Grand Master Gù was a son of Gù Lizhi, a practitioner of Tantui Style and security escort businessman, a common business for martial artists in China in those days. Grand Master Gù learned from his father’s friend Yán Jīwēn the authentic Northern Shaolin Style, including several weapon routines, and rare martial qigong techniques such as Iron Palm, Iron Body and Small Golden Bell. Later, at the Central Academy, he exchanged knowledge with other famous masters learning Zhaquan from Yú Zhènshēng; Yang Taijiquan and Bajiquan and Wudang Sword from Li Jinglin; and Baguazhang, Xingyiquan from Sūn Lùtáng.

Grand Master Gù Rǔzhāng taught many disciples during the time he spent in southern China. Among his disciples were Ma Jianfeng、Long Zixiang and Yan ShangWu, who have made important contributions towards preserving his teachings for future generations.

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