Hung Hei Goon is considered the founder of Hung Gar. He was born into a distant royal family and was the descendant of Prince Leung, the 15th son of the Ming Emperor, Chung Chen . He was born in the Canton province of Southern China when the country was under the rule of the Ching dynasty (Manchurian rule). The Manchurian conquest and rule (1644-1911) of China was a deeply humiliating experience for the Chinese. The Manchus, indeed, made things harder for themselves, provoking violent Chinese resistance. W Hung Hei Goon being a Ming patriot, disliked the Ching rule like many other Chinese and spent most of his life fighting to overthrow the Ching Dynasty and restore the Ming Dynasty. Hung's real surname was Jyu. However, due to being one of the most wanted rebels of his time, he later changed his name to Hung to hide his real identity from the Ching government. He chose the name Hung as a tribute to the first Ming Emperor, Hung Mo who is widely considered as one of the best emperors in the history of China.

Hung Hei Goon made a living as a traveling tea merchant prior to joining the Shaolin Temple. During his travels he got into an altercation with several Ching officials. This resulted in a bounty on Hung Hei Goon’s head. He went into hiding at the Southern Shaolin Temple where many other rebels, Ming Dynasty supporters, and former officials took refuge. It was here that Hung trained Kung Fu under the Abbot Gee Sin Sim Si, specializing in the Shaolin Tiger system. Because of his character and build, Tiger style suited him best and he soon became the number one disciple of Gee Sin. From Gee Sin, Hung learned the famous Conquering the Tiger form (Gung Gee Fook Fu Kuen). However, Hung further developed and refined this form.

Feeling threatened by the subversive activities at the Shaolin Temple, the Ching government launched a full scale attack. The Shaolin Temple was burned down to the ground and many of the monks were massacred. Hung Hei Goon, Gee Sin, and others managed to survive the attack and fled to the southern parts of China. These men swore to spread the art of Shaolin Kung Fu and fight to "Overthrow the Ching Dynasty and restore the Ming Dynasty".

Hung Hei Goon, Gee Sin, and the other survivors went into hiding aboard Red Boats which belonged to the Chinese Opera troupes. These boats travelled all over China and staged Opera performances. During his travels Hung met and married Fong Wing Chun, an expert in the Crane Style of Kung Fu. Hung learned his wife's Crane Style and combined the soft and fluid techniques of the Crane with the straight forward and powerful Tiger movements to create the famous Tiger Crane form.

At the time, Kung Fu training was banned by the Manchus. So Hung Hei Goon taught his art secretly at the Big Buddha Temple in Canton. Once the ban was lifted, he began teaching openly and set up a school in Fa city of Canton province. He named his art Hung Gar Kuen (Hung Family Fist), mainly to hide its Shaolin connections from the Manchus. During his life time, Hung Hei Goon was known as one of the best martial artists of his time. His Kung Fu and skills as an excellent fighter were so well known that he was known as "Southern Fist". It is stated in the official records of Fukien that Hung had killed a man with a single blow. Hung Hei Goon died around the age of 90 and it said that his tomb still stands in Fa city.

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