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Grandmaster Ku is a dominant figure in the world of external Kung Fu, as reference in mummeries historical books (see The Spring and Autumn of Chinese Martial arts-5000 Years (B216) p. 85 under Gu Ruzhang). A champion of the heralded 1928 National Martial Arts Examination in Nanjing and one of the fraternity of five masters who traveled south to Canton promoting northern style Kung Fu known as the "Five southbound tigers", Ku was a contemporary of Sun Lu Tang, The founder of Sun style. It was common knowledge that Ku learned this new school directly from grandmaster Sun himself. According to my lineage, I am only four generation from the founder of Sun style. How much variation could arise from three masters would passed this tradition down from the fonder to me?
A little research into each of my predecessors solved this riddle. The key was Tai Yu Ghim, a rare Wudang sword form, included in my curriculum. This form was the famous technique of renown General Li Jinglin (Ibid, p.87), the Deputy director of the Nanjing Martial Arts institute and another Tai Chi instructor of Ku Yu Cheung. Ku included Yang and Tai Yu Ghim into his Tai Chi curriculum, dubbing it "Sun Style, Ku school" He used the Yang form as preparation for the Sun form and added the sword form because of its notoriety. This distinction of "Ku school" becomes very significant because it separates it from the lone Sun form, however it is not as famous as Sun style so it is frequently omitted.
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