Yim liked the fact that the system was both unique and practical, with
plenty of power and speed. It also impressed him that, as his future
teacher was doing the Hung Fut staff form, his power was so great that
the pole broke in half as he swung it.
Yim was so excited that he began moving and punching along with the
demonstration. Following this demonstration, he realized he had found
the right style and the right teacher to guide his martial arts career.
he was 13 years old, Tai Yim started practicing Hung Fut Kung Fu,
becoming an instructor at Sifu Hung Yu Chung's school by the time he was
16. Shortly after joining the school, Tai Yim became a fixture there.
He was the first person to arrive each day and the last to leave at
night. He regularly helped his teacher in the school with no thought of
taking money for his time.
Hung recognized Tai Yim's commitment and discipline, and since he had
no son of his own, adopted Tai Yim as his son. When Sifu Tai Yim was 20
years old, his teacher passed away. Before he died, Hung Yu Chung passed
Hung Fut's lineage title to him, making Tai Yim the Eighth Generation
Hung Fut Grandmaster.
1975, Tai Yim opened his own Hung Fut School in Hong Kong. During his
time in Hong Kong, Tai Yim hosted one of the largest martial arts
tournaments in the history of Hong Kong. He made numerous television
appearances during that period, and served for many years as an honorary
board member and advisor for various organizations, including the Hong
Kong News Agency and New Martial Hero magazine. As an important
complement to his martial arts training, Tai Yim studied herbal medicine
at the Hong Kong Kowloon Herbal College, graduating in 1976.
Hung Yu Chung had always wished to take Hung Fut to the Western world.
In 1977, in fulfillment of his teacher's wish, Sifu Tai Yim immigrated
to the United States to spread the Hung Fut System. He opened his first
Hung Fut School in Wheaton, Maryland in 1979 and, 8 years later, opened a
second school in Fairfax, Virginia. Currently, Sifu Tai Yim heads the
Tai Yim Kung Fu School in Kensington, Maryland, where he continues to
teach and spread the Hung Fut System.
immigrating to the United States, Sifu Tai Yim has been active in both
the national and international martial arts arena and in the
Chinese-American community as well. In 1981, he organized the first
Chinese radio program broadcast in the greater Washington area. In 1985,
Tai Yim led the first official United States Kung Fu-Wushu team, which
competed at the 1st International Invitational Wushu Championship in
Xian, China, placing third in the world.
than a year later, he co-founded the North American Chinese Martial
Arts Federation (NACMAF), now called the United States Traditional Kung
Fu Wushu Federation, to unite and promote the Chinese martial arts
community. He was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the
Chinese-American Communities of the United States that year. In 1987, he
became vice president of the Cantonese Association of Greater
the decade of the 1990s, Sifu Tai Yim continued to be very active in
the martial arts arena, taking an even greater leadership role. In 1991,
he produced two martial arts motion pictures in the United States.
1993, along with colleagues from NACMAF, he founded the United States
of America Wushu-Kung Fu Federation. In 1995, he co-hosted the World
Wushu Championship, held in the United States that year. Currently, Sifu
Tai Yim serves as president of the World Hung Fut Kung Fu Federation
and president of the United States Hung Fut Kung Fu Federation.
the years, Sifu Tai Yim has produced many national and international
champions and grand-champions, several of whom are currently instructors
at the Tai Yim Kung Fu School. He has also worked diligently to promote
Chinese martial arts and culture by hosting numerous tournaments and
conducting frequent workshops.
Tai Yim's wish is for the general public to benefit from Chinese
martial arts, thus fostering friendship and understanding between
cultures, and helping to engender mutual respect and world peace. Today,
at his school in Kensington, Maryland, Sifu Tai Yim continues to
promote Chinese martial arts around the world so that they will flourish
for generations to come.
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