Sifu Tongs Time Line
- Tong Liu Is Born
Tong Liu enters the world, born into a traditional and historic Kung Fu family.
- Training Starts
Began training with Master Liu Ying Yan his father and mentor to this day.
- Kung Fu Play
Starred and choreographed a Kung Fu play at Liverpool University. Awarded a Degree in Economics.
- Paying My Respect
Went to Seattle’s Lake View Cemetery in America to pay respects to Bruce Lee .
- Champion Of Wing Chun Forms
Champion of Wing Chun forms and Wing Chun sparring at the Euro Wirral open Kung Fu tournament. Began teaching in Wigan.
- Established CKO
Two enteries in the competition. Younger brother Ming wins first in full contact sparring. Established the CKO - Chinese Kung Fu Organisation.
- Six Trophies
First time entry as a club winning six trophies. We were grinning for weeks!
- Private Tuition
Started private tuition, weapons training and seminars for other clubs. Established ‘The Four Basic Principles’ for students to follow.
- CKO Uniform
Designed and implemented our unique CKO uniform. Had 2 entries in the Euro-Wirral Open in the same weight category winning 1st and 2nd.
- National All Styles
Two entries in the UK National All Styles in Birmingham winning two 1st and one 2nd.
- UK National All Styles Tournament
Won two firsts at the UK National All Styles Tournament,1st in Weapons and1st in Bare Hand Forms. Completed and implemented Liu Gar style.
Won four First Trophies for forms and weapons (WUMA). Started the fun-filled Kicking Skills class. Executive course launched.
- Teaching Others
The beginning of teaching instructors of other arts close quarter hand skills.
- Combat Wing Chun
Start of the Combat Wing Chun Instructor training certifying instructors of other arts like Karate, Kempo and Jujitsu.
- Martial Arts Summer Camp 2018
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Saturday is 10am to 5pm (one hour lunch in between). Night time we drink and some drink until silly! Some go around the town. We take the tram (which nowadays is luxury compared to what they used to have.
Sunday 10am to 4:30-ish. again one hour lunch in between. We do farewell. Photos have a cry before going home!
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Sifu Tong Liu
Whatever art you take you must follow an instructor who is not only good in his art but also he must be an honourable gentleman.
A normal everyday family man, Tong Liu lives with his wife and two children, has a wicked sense of humour and a love for fun, he also keeps fluffy bunnies!
Sifu Tong Liu – “I have two lovely daughters and a beautiful wife. We’ve also got two lop ear rabbits, I am normally very busy. I am always doing something, building something, developing something, writing something… I love taking the kids out, bike riding, swimming, holidays, just a normal husband and father”.
Yes a normal husband and father and a genuine “nice bloke” but one with a slight difference to most, you see Tong Liu not only is a gentleman of the highest order he is also Warringtons own Kung Fu Master!
Sifu Tong Liu – “I’m a Kung Fu nut! I have written quite a few articles for my students as we used to have a Newsletter which will now be available on our online blog! Most of the articles centre around how to develop your Kung Fu to a higher level”.
Sifu Tong Liu – “I am not too serious normally and I am seen as a Sifu who is not aloof but is quite close and friendly to his students. I am very proud of all my students especially my top guys, they have reached such an astounding level”.
A brief history…
Born in 1966 into a Kung fu family where his father is a master of Iron Palm and Iron Ox, Great Grandfather a renown Kung Fu master awarded the title ‘king of pole’. Of three uncles, two practice Wing Chun one practices Hop Gar. Tong started Kung fu at the age of 5 years old, being taught by his highly skilled father Master Liu Ying Yan. Master Liu Ying Yan ran a Kung fu association in the seventies which invited the top Kung fu masters to train along side him.
Some of the most notable people in Kung fu came to train with the amazing Master Liu Ying Yan including grandmaster Joseph Cheng of Wing Chun who he considers to be the most outstanding and talented Wing Chun exponent, then there is master Jimmy Chan who is the father of Hung Gar Kung fu in the north of England.
Initially Tong trained in Shaolin forms and was even taught spear and sword by his father. By the time he was 9 years old his ability to learn exelerated considerably and his transformation into the Sifu we know today truly began.
It was at this age that masters Jimmy Chan and Joseph Cheng were constantly around. There was other masters too including master Lee Lin and master Ho Sing both of which were two of the original masters of Mantis in the north west. Being taught by these formidable Masters, at the age of 9 Tong Liu’s awesomeness was already set.
Growing up in as he did in Toxteth, Liverpool when times were harder and racism was the norm there was not a shortage of opportunity for Tong to test himself with the bullys on the street.
To be fair it wasn’t like today’s crimes, it didn’t need to be outside a nightclub with drunken fools, it was anywhere and everywhere, school, college, library, sports field, bus stops, train station, parties, at the ice rink and even in a front garden. But did Tong give in to the bullies, did he hide away? No he did not, he used his skills to defend and amaze his opponents!
Between the ages of 9 and 16 Tong participated in Lion dancing and quite regularly performed Kung Fu demonstrations. Hung Gar was the main art practiced at this time but for Tong styles practiced were many. Although he concentrated on Hung Gar and Wing Chun Kung Fu also added to his repertoire were Thai Boxing and Jeet Kune Do then later on JuJitsu, Aikido and all the Filipino arts throughout.
Tong can also boast training from Ip Chun and Ip Ching both sons of Ip Man , the master who taught the legendery Bruce Lee .
Winner in the british open championships in several catagories over several years. In 2000 Tong decided to share his extensive knowledge and founded the Chinese Kung Fu Organisation.
Here at the CKO Sifu Tong Liu will not only teach you the art of Wing Chun Kung Fu, he will outstand and astonish with his speed, precision and grace. By learning directly from Sifu Tong Liu you will benefit from the Kung Fu background he comes from.
The Liu family history…
The following account is as told by the elders of Wah San village and can be verified by Master Liu Ying Yan (father of Sifu Tong Liu) Tong’s Great grandfather was a renown Kung Fu expert. Liu Yan Fai specialised in the pole. His pole was is called, ‘Ng Ma Wai Sing’ which translates as ‘The Five Knight that Besiege the City’. He was known as ‘Gwun Wong’ meaning the ‘King of Pole.’
Liu Yan Fai was the youngest of 3 brothers.
The middle brother was Liu Hung Fai who practiced a very dangerous art called, ‘Mau San Shu’ – this is Spiritual Kung Fu (also know in Mandarin phonetic as, ‘Sheng Gong’). He literally summoned spirits into his body before going into battle. In doing so his body was able to withstand the attacks of many weapons.
The eldest was Liu Yeung Fai who was an expert with his bare hands.
During their time the Liu brothers were guardians of their village. In a neighboring village the powerful Lo family ruled and they bullied everyone around them. Their mistake was to bully the Liu’s.
After one incident when the Lo’s came to the Liu’s village to terrorise the villagers (mostly to beat them into surrendering more land) the Liu brothers decided to attack back. It is said that the next day the 3 brothers with their weapons traveled to the village to beat up and kill if necessary all the men of their enemies.
Heavily outnumbered the Liu’s attack was simple. They faced the enemy ready to attack. Yan Fai threw a giant Trident (the Hak Gar people called it Sam Char or Dai Par) at the enemy then all three brothers charged in following the Trident.
The Liu brothers beat up the whole village. Their intent was not to kill but to beat them up, but if someone died then so be it. This was after all war between two villages. There were no reports of how many were injured or killed, except that after that no one dared again to bully the Liu’s village.
Fantastic stories of how Yan Fai would take on many opponents and beat them all were passed around. The name, ‘King of Pole’ became famous.
The Liu brothers became famous and often took challenges and in their lifetime and never lost.