Welcome to the Official Website of Traditional Monkey Kung Fu: (Tai Shing Pek Kwar)
If you ever wanted to learn real, traditional Monkey Kung Fu, then here it is. No made-up forms, no fake titles, all put together by the 6th Generation Grandmaster Michael Matsuda. The entire system is on “18” DVDs on Amazon.
CLICK HERE for DVDs 1-18
Monkey Kung Fu, in Chinese it’s Tai Shing Pek Kwar. It is a very unique style of martial art. It is unlike any other artform because its foundation is low to the ground, its movements are unpredictable and it has one major factor that separates it from all the other styles, it is extremely deceptive.
Contrary to belief, Monkey kung fu is not a hard art to learn. The ultra flexibility used by only one Monkey teacher was incorporated only because he was a yoga expert. It was never part of traditional Tai Shing. Monkey kung fu isn’t just made up of forms, but it is filled with extremely vigorous workouts. Monkey was invented by Kou Sze, a tei tong expert who created the art by watching five different monkey characteristics (not six, just five)
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In reality, there are three primary monkey styles. They include:
1) Tai Shing – Identified by very low stances and very powerful blows. There are five monkey characteristics.
2) Wushu or Opera Monkey – This is an extremely popular artform. Used by the Beijing Wushu Team. The stances are quite high, it’s very flowery and the thing that identifies it more than anything else, the monkey stands on the top part of the staff. That is never done in Tai Shing.
3) Shaolin Monkey – Very hard to find. Most of the movements are standing like a man imitating a monkey rather than becoming the monkey.
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I included this page because I think it’s important that you do some research on who you are learning from. Grandmaster Matsuda has been doing the art for over 45 years so he knows everyone and how long they studied. With that thought, there are a few people who say they actually learned the art when they never took a class. While one individual calls himself a grandmaster and says he studied for 20 years. Attending class once or twice a year for 20 years does not count. In reality, he only studied for 7 months. I’m not naming names, I want you to do the research. If someone is making up forms, then you know he has no further knowledge of the art. Don’t spend years of your life only to find out the person you are learning from only knows a handful of forms he does over and over.
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Grandmaster Michael Matsuda (Michael Gonzalez-Matsuda), authored a total of three books on monkey kung fu. Unfortunately, the other two are out-of-print. So, he wrote this one, the third monkey book. This is it. Everything you ever wanted to know about Monkey Kung Fu (Tai Shing Pek Kwar). The history of the art as well as the art itself has been kept hidden for many generations. This is not a book on techniques or movements, it is a look at the lineage and history of the art, what the five monkeys are about (and there are only five). It is a look at how it all began and make its way to America. You can get your copy today.
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It’s important that you look closely at the Monkey Kung Fu Family Tree. Again, there is only a handful of people who have mastered the entire artform and they are listed here. This art is just over 100 years old. It noticed someone put out a family tree that was completely fake because it says their teacher studied with Cho Chat Ling. Sifu Cho only had one student and it wasn’t him. I know this because I was there. So, here it is, the most accurate family tree still out there.
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Michael Matsuda is the only 6th Generation Grandmaster and named successor of the rare art of Tai Shing Pek Kwar. In his 45 years of Monkey Kung Fu, he has studied the art under his friend and instructor for 35 years, he has been teaching monkey about 10 years. Matsuda was the very first student of monkey kung fu under his instructor. First Matsuda taught him Shaolin, then he taught Matsuda monkey. Matsuda didn’t just study every Saturday night for 3 hours once a week, he and his instructor were personal friends so they went out many days of the week together. Seeing movies, going out to dinner and especially, practicing monkey kung fu by themselves. Matsuda is the only individual under his teacher to be taught the complete art system and has been charged to carry on the art..
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