Born in Canton, ShiFu (Teacher) Kwong Wing Lam started Kung Fu in an unusual manner. At the age of eight he began to study Tai Chi Chuan. However, the movements were too slow for a young boy so, after six months of training, he switched to Southern Hung Gar under the famous Chiu Chao and his son, Chiu Wei.
Wanting more exposure to Kung Fu, Wing Lam began studying Nothern Shaolin Boxing under Yan Shan Wu. For six years he spent his mornings practicing Hung and his evenings studying Shaolin.
When he had completed studies with both these systems he spent another ten years exploring such styles as Five Animal Fist, Praying Mantis, Ha Say Hung Gar and Wing Chun. He studied from well known masters such as Leung Hua Chu and Lum Jow. He also leanred Iron Body conditioning and Iron Palm training. He returned to Tai Chi and learned it from Master Yan.
Later in his career he studied directly under the world famous boxer, Sun Lu Tang’s, daughter Sun Jian Yun where he learned Tai Chi, Xing Yi and Ba Gua.
He began teaching Kung Fu in America in 1967. He has been featured in many articles in martial arts magazines such as Black Belt and Inside Kung Fu. He has many tapes out on is styles and has taught seminars and conducted tournaments to promote the art.
Dissatisfied with the quality of Kung Fu weapons available he learned to forge and fit his own swords, knives, steel whips, halberds, etc. His efforts have produced some refitted swords of high quality that are envied by many teachers throughout the world and command prices up to a thousand dollars.
Over the last thirty years he has produced many students and instructors. Among these are Tom Bersik, Don Gi and Ted Mancuso.
After completing the Hung Gar and Shaolin systems, he spent another ten years learning other styles including Five Animal Fist, Praying Mantis, Ha Say Fu Hung Gar, and Wing Tsun. He studied with such notable masters as Leung Hua Chu and Lum Jow. In addition, Sifu Lam hit sand bags for Iron Palm training, and practiced Chi Kung (Iron Body) for strength. He also completed the Tai Chi system from Master Yen. Sifu Lam also learned Xing Yi, Bagua and Sun Style Tai Chi, learning under Sun Jian Yun, the daughter of Sun Lu Tang, founder of Sun Style Tai Chi.
Sifu Kwong Wing Lam was a major force in establishing the legitimacy of Kung Fu in the United States. He emigrated to the United States in 1965, and opened his San Francisco School in 1967. He opened a second school in Sunnyvale six years later. Becoming well known, he was featured in numerous articles in martial arts magazines such as Inside Kung Fu and Black Belt. Sifu Lam taught Kung Fu and Tai Chi at De Anza College in California, and led seminars across the country and in Europe. He also made videotapes, and wrote books on Kung Fu.
In the last 30 years, he taught several thousand students and certified many new masters. Many of these masters now have their own schools. Sifu Lam’s instructors continue to help students achieve their goals and reach their fullest potential in the martial arts.
Sifu Lam also dedicated time to improving the overall aspects of Chinese martial arts training. Never satisfied with the poor quality of modern Chinese weapons, Sifu Lam learned to forge and fit his own arms — swords, knives, chain whips, and halberds. His specialty was the custom refitting of blades with heavy guards and handles, worthy of practice and combat. Some of Sifu Lam’s pieces have commanded over a thousand dollars. Sifu Lam was proud to present his custom creations to the public via the Master’s Secret Workshop.