THE FIRST TIME I MET GRANDMASTER CHU SHONG TIN, KNOWN AS THE “KING OF SIU NIM TAO”, WAS IN 2003. I HAD ALREADY BEEN AN INSTRUCTOR AT A WING CHUN SCHOOL IN SYDNEY OWNED BY SIFU JIM FUNG, A SENIOR STUDENT OF CHU SHONG TIN, FOR A FEW YEARS, AND HAD ONLY HEARD STORIES ABOUT CHU SHONG TIN’S ALLEGED “EFFORTLESS POWER”.
In those years, I was working as a bouncer at Sydney’s nightclubs including those in Kings Cross, which was the red light district of the city and well known for its roughness. Also, in my late teens, I was weight lifting consistently and believed that the stronger my muscles, the more power I could generate with my body. Therefore, even though I went along with the legendary stories and was proud to be part of the lineage, I was certainly a sceptic regarding the Internal Power of Kung Fu.