Lam Jo

Lam Jo, known also as Lam KwonKau, was born in 1910 in Pingjau, Naamhoi, Gwongdung province. In early childhood, he lost his parents. His uncle Lam Sai Wing adopted him. Lam Jo helped his uncle with teaching kung fu in his Southern Center of Motion Culture and learned from him the art of healing bones, joints, tendons, wales etc. Lam Sai Wing didn’t have any child, that’s why he took care of Lam Jo as of his own son. He passed all his knowledge of hung ka on him.

In early days of the Republic, they moved to Hong Kong colony and settled down. Finally, Lam Jo undertook the school of Lam Sai Wing. Several years later, Lam Jo opened several own branches. Fame, inherited after Lam Sai Wing, was raised this way and because of Lam Jo’s natural talent, strong body structure and determination it increased hereafter. Students came from the whole southern area to learn hung ka from Lam Jo. Some students left for America, e. g. Y. C. Wong from San Francisco and Tang Kwok Wah from Boston belonged among them.

During the Second World War, Hong Kong was occupied by Japanese. Disturbances broke out in the streets and Lam Jo’s school was burnt. Japanese, who knew well Lam Jo’s position and influence on local inhabitants, tried to force him become a member of their local control and cooperate with them. But Lam Jo spurned the privileges Japanese offered him and escaped to countryside. Finally, he got to his native village in Gwongdung province where he was hiding and teaching kung fu.

After end of the war, he returned to Hong Kong where he devoted healing and opened a school of martial arts again.

Thanks to Lam Jo, the art of hung ka became famous all over the world when he appeared in public during revue for English army in Hong Kong in 1930s. His appearance filled the audience with sacred respect - in London and other newspaper, several articles and photos were even issued.

Lam Jo is the oldest and the most venerable Hong Kong grandmaster, known throughout southern China and the whole world to those, who practise hung ka. He’s the last from the great masters of his generation, last connecting link to era, when kung fu meant survival, honour and national pride.

He is obliged to regular training, which he haven’t interrupt even now - in his almost 98 years, for his good health and admirable vitality.

It was honour for us to meet this man personally. It motivated us to be relentless in training and hard in attitude to training kung fu. During shaking our hands, his power consternated me and I knew that I couldn’t defy it.

From Lam Jo’s four sons, the oldest Lam Chun Fai and the youngest Lam Chun Sing devote kung fu today. The second oldest son, talented Lam Chun Hin, died in 1980s.

 
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