In 1836 Chan Heung developed the Choy Lay Fut fighting style. It was born of a creative synthesis of Chan’s martial arts studies.
In the mid-19th Century Chan participated in the popular resistance against British colonialism. Later he also took part in the guerilla warfare being waged against the Ching Dynasty. As a revolutionary, Chan employed Choy Lay Fut on the battle field, and moved to spread his art as widely as possible by opening up schools throughout southern China. As a result, Choy Lay Fut became a critical component of the grassroots resistance to the Ching government.
Choy Lay Fut relies upon agile footwork and dynamic body mechanics in order to generate striking power. Choy Lay Fut practitioners seek to overwhelm their opponents using a barrage of continuous and devastating strikes. At the core of Choy Lay Fut are the Ten Elements, ten techniques that form the foundation for this combat system. Choy Lay Fut also relies upon its Ten Gates Theory, which identifies ten primary targets that are critical for ensuring victory in combat.
Similar to Capoeira in Brazil, Choy Lay Fut was employed in the revolutionary struggles of 19th Century China. Herakati za Waasi Martial Arts seeks to honor this legacy through a rigorous study of Choy Lay Fut’s fighting theory and techniques. Additionally, Herakati za Waasi Martial Arts incorporates weapons that are not traditional to Choy Lay Fut such as the stick and knife, in addition to ground-fighting in order to train well-rounded fighters.