A legendary figure of Chinese Martial Arts and history, Gee Sin Sim See is said to have been a Shaolin monk who lived during the 17th century when China was under the rule of the Ching (Manchurian) government.

According to Shaolin legends, Gee Sin Sim see was a Buddhist monk at the Northern Shaolin temple of Hunan province. He lived during a time of oppression, civil unrest and rebel activities against the Ching-Manchurian government. The Manchurian invasion of China (1644) ended the golden era of the Ming dynasty and established the Ching Dynasty. The Manchurians brutal control of China and cruel treatment of the Chinese people led to popular resistance, rebel activities, and the formation of many secret organizations who wanted to overthrow the Manchurian government and reinstate the prosperous Ming Dynasty. It is said that the Shaolin Temple accommodated some of these rebels and even took part in some rebel activities against the Ching rule. In time, the Manchurians felt threatened by the Shaolin Temple’s dealings with the rebels. Eventually, the Ching troops destroyed the Shaolin Temple, killing most of the monks who lived there.

Legend has it that Gee Sin was one of the Legendary Five Elders of the Shaolin Temple and along with others managed to escape it’s destruction. He travelled to Southern China and took refuge in a temple at the Fukien province. This temple was known as the Southern Shaolin temple. It is believed that Gee Sin became the head monk of the Southern Shaolin temple and continued teaching the art of Shaolin Kung Fu openly as well as continuing to support the anti-Ching movement. Gee Sin trained many students at the southern temple including Hung Hei Goon who is credited as the founder of Hung Gar style. Hung Hei Goon is said to have been Gee sin's top disciple along with another Hung Gar patriarch, Luk Ah Choy.

Gee Sin's time in the Southern Temple ended with the attack of the Manchurian army and complete destruction of the Southern Shaolin temple. Once again, Gee Sin Sim See managed to survive the attack and escaped with many others. According to the legends, Gee Sin Sim See travelled through Southern China and finally ended up at the what has now become known as the famous Red Boat Opera Troupe. It is said that Gee Sin Sim See stayed with the Red Boat Opera Troupe, teaching Kung Fu and carrying on with his support for the anti-Ching movement. On these Red Boats, Hung Gar was created.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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