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The Chin Wu Athletic Association

The Chin Wu also have a number of web pages all over the world. Their directory listing can be reached by going here and provides information on current events and Sifu in their organization.

The Chin Mo stands as one of the most significant movements among Chinese martial artists and perhaps in the modern Chinese culture. It was a witness for the dignity of a people and a culture which had been defeated in war, betrayed by its leaders and underwent a program of socitial misinformation which few countries have had to endure. It was, in its truest sense, the last movement of the Chinese people fostered by the Chinese without resorting to Western philosophy or political theory as a foundation.

China had been forced to accept treaties with the British, (Treaty of Nanking, ending the Opium War in 1842), the French, (Shanghai 1849), the Americans, (Shanghai 1863), and the Japanese, (1895), which literally gave them rule on Chinese soil. Drugs, which were outlawed under Chinese rule, were forced to be legalized and spread among the people of China. The "Middle Kingdom" once the center of trade and culture in the East was religated to the status of a backwards nation whose resources were divided between the nations of the world.

After the Boxer Rebellion, (1901), China endured further humiliation as they were forced to sign "the Boxer Protocol" which obligated China to pay huge punative sums to the nations involved in the fight against China's attempt at regaining independence. In the wake of these events, Chinese martial arts lost much of the respect of the Chinese people. This denegration was encouraged by print media and socitial pressure imposed by the now "ruling class" of foreigners. Yet not only was the martial arts a target, the predjudice was expanded to encompass most of Chinese culture. The more Western a Chinese appeared the more likely he was to garner some degree of respect. Chinese were excluded from many places in their own country for no other reason than being Chinese.

In the midst of this cultural assault came Hou Yuen-Jar, (see photo). Hou was the youngest son of one of the best known martial arts families in China. A sickly child he learned his families style Mi Zongyi by watching his brothers from a distance. He hid his skills until he saved his father, Hou Ien-Di from a challenger.

Hou fought many challenges without ever suffering defeat. Among those were Europeans and Japanese boxers, wrestlers and karateka. Hou and his senior student Liu Zengsheng refused no challenges dispite having rules that were slanted against the Kung-Fu master.

In 1909 Hou, his father and his senior student founded the Chin Mo Association in Shanghai. There they planned to offer a program of training in Chinese martial arts which would enable them to send qualified instructors back into China to revitalize this native art in their country. In order to operate successfully in Shanghai, however, they had to offer such activities as billiards, soccer and basketball in their program in addition to martial arts.

Regardless, the Chin Mo began with much enthuaism. In that same year, however, Hou died under mysterious circumstances which now are almost universally acknowledged as murder by the Japanese in revenge for Hou's beating of an entire Japanese troop during a challenge. The Association continued however and soon it boasted such renown masters as Chen Zhih-Zeng of the Eagle Claw School, Geeng Cia-Kuan of the Hsing Yi School, Wu Chien-Chuan of the Wu Tai Chi School and Lo Kwang Yu of the Northern Praying Mantis School.

Though many branches of the Chin Mo had to close due to World War II it now has reopened and continues with over 16 branches today including one in Hong Kong which began in 1918.

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