Welcome to the home of the Sydney Guangzhou Pak Mei School.
We are a non-profit organisation, training and practicing the traditional southern Chinese Kung Fu style of Pak Mei (Cantonese), or Bai Mei (Mandarin). In English the style is known as "White Eyebrow" named after the infamous monk, one of the legendary 5 masters to escape the destruction of the Shaolin Temple.
Ancient history aside, the style is a unique southern chinese art, known for both its external and internal skills, characterised by fierce attacks, lightening speed and exceptional power.
Our school has been established since the late 1980's, when students were accepted by reference or invitation only to train with Sifu at the Sez Yup Temple in the Sydney suburb of Glebe. Due to the development of a group of qualified older brothers, and successful experience teaching in Australia, in the year 2000 Sifu decided to welcome all interested students into his kung fu family. Beginners as well as experienced martial artists are welcome, but we always advise interested people to come and watch a training session before they decide if they are interested in learning. The style and the way we teach is not for everyone.
A Free Kung Fu School
Our school is non-commercial, and while Sifu and the older brothers teach for free, prospective students are advised that they have responsibilities to the school - to pursue their training with commitment and support the school activities. The result is a very closely knit group of kung fu brothers and sisters who learn this rare art through self motivation with the support of the entire group. This school exists for the love of the art to the end of learning and propogating the skills across generations. Skill is the motivation, not money.
Members can enjoy a lifetime of growth and friendship in the art, and some of the best Pak Mei in the world. Our standards are very high, and the reality is, few can learn what Sifu can teach. As a true 6th generation teacher, Sifu is one of the last living teachers in that generation, and possibly the youngest. Sifu is the most senior Pak Mei master in Australia, and respected worldwide. He is supported by the older brothers, ranging in age from 30 to 50 years old, with from 12 to 21 years of experience, each a qualified teacher in thier own right.
We train Saturday afternoons from 2:30 to 4:30 or 5:00 in the park at the end of Glebe Point Road (see the map). A typical afternoon consists of warm-up, forms training, technique training with partners or pads, and for advanced students, a bit of controlled sparring can be included. Students are trained one to one, at their own pace, to their own natural skills. Training takes time, and Pak Mei is not a quickly learned or mastered art.
The first lesson students are taught is that they are responsible for their own development and progress. That they must make the study their own, and practice of their lessons away from the weekly class is highly encouraged. Pak Mei is a high level martial art, and the skills do not come easy.
Traditional Lion Dancing
We are one of the few schools invited to do perform traditional Chinese Lion Dancing in Sydney's Chinatown during Chinese New Year and August Moon festival, and this opportunity provides a tremendous social opportunity as well as a chance to honour our Master to the Chinese Community.