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| History Of Kung Fu San Soo
Chinese systematic warfare predates the arrival of the Buddhist monk
Bodhidharma who is thought to be the founder of Kung-Fu. Pre-defined combat
techniques were developed thousands of years ago by various cultures and were
passed down through oration and pictograph.
Kung Fu San Soo is a direct result of the refinement,
organization and documentation of this ancient knowledge by the monks of
the Kwan-Yin Monastery in the village of Pon Hong, Guang Dong
Province of Southern China.
Great-Great-Great Grandfather, Leoung Kick, was an orphan raised at the
Qwan-Yin monastery in Pong Hong, Cantaon, China. In his early 30's, he
decided to leave the monastery and take with him two of the Buddhist
training texts which probably date back to the late 1500's. These two
books have been in the Chin family for many generations, and are the
source of all forms and techniques taught to Jimmy H. Woo
and by Jimmy H. Woo to all his American
In the 1930's, Jimmy left mainland China under the pass port of Jimmy
H. Woo and lived in Chinatown, Los Angeles during his earlier years. Among
many odd jobs, he acted as protection, and enforcer for residents and
business owners of the area. He then started teaching privately to close
relatives and friends, and later became the instructor at a local social/
recreational organization called the Cousin Club.
In 1959 Jimmy H. Woo
opened the head studio in El Monte, California.
Retiring in 1984 Jimmy became Grandmaster, when his Grandson earned his black belt in 1984. Jimmy
continued to teach an instructor's class on the first and third Saturday of each
month until his passing on February 14, 1991.