Just a few months ago Bushinkai chief instructor Simon Keegan published the E-Book The Lost Book of Kushanku which reveals the hidden origins of Shorin Ryu Karate and the identities of Shorin Ryu pioneers like Kushanku and Iwah. This book has the hypothesis that the kata Kushanku, Wansu and Passai (Kanku, Empi and Bassai) were related to Hsing-I, Bagua and Taiji and ultimately derived from a fighting style called White Lion Boxing (Pai Shi Quan).
The E-Book has already had critical acclaim from researchers all over the world including 8th Dan, 9th Dan and 10th Dan masters.
Now the author turns his attentions to the Shorei Ryu forms with another study which has the working title The Lost Tiger of Canton.
This book is written along a different theme and aims to uncover a common link between the styles of Goju Ryu, Uechi Ryu, Shorei Ryu and the Chinese styles of Hung Gar, Wing Chun and Tiger Boxing.
While the Lost Book of Kushanku focussed on the Shorin Ryu forms;
- Pinan/Heian 1-5 (Channan)
- Bassai Dai and Bassai Sho (Passai)
- Kanku Dai and Kanku Sho (Kushanku)
- To a lesser extent Naihanchi (Tekki)
The Lost Tiger of Canton pays particular attention to the Shorei Ryu forms;
- Seisan (Hangetsu)
- Niseishi (Nijushiho)
- Rohai (Meikyo)
Just as The Lost Book of Kushanku revealed the forgotten manuscript of Kushanku and the forgotten style of White Lion Boxing, so too does The Lost Tiger of Canton offer an intriguing discovery.
The Lost Book of Kushanku convincingly argued that Kushanku and Iwah (the two Chinese masters who taught Karate pioneers Sakugawa and Matsumura) actually were identified in history as real Chinese masters and their names are revealed.
Now with the legacy of Shorei Ryu alive through kata such as Seishan and Rohai, the author documents another amazing discovery – one that relates to early Karate masters such as Uechi Kanbun and Tang Daiji.
With new insight into surviving Tiger Boxing forms from Canton the author shows a living tradition that has survived intertwined with Karate.
A note on the name “The Lost Tiger of Canton.”
The Ten Tigers of Canton or Ten Tigers of Guangdong refer to a group of ten Chinese martial artists from Guangdong (Canton), China who lived in the late Qing Dynasty (1644–1912). They were said to be the best fighters in southern China at the time. Much of their existence has been embellished by folk legends and stories passed down from generation to generation.
Wong Fei-hung, [founder of Hung Gar] is also sometimes called the “Tiger after the Ten Tigers”. In Chinese folk legend, Wong Fei-hung is best remembered for his heroic efforts in upholding the Chinese people’s pride and dignity during a period when national morale was low, in the face of strong competition and oppression from foreigners.