Grand Master Châu Quan Ky


Châu Quan Ky was born in 1885 in Quang Dông Province, China. His family was of Hakka ethnicity and famous for their stone-carving abilities. The family also had their own style of martial arts and practice in traditional medicine. Master Châu Quan Ky lost his father at a young age. His mother was unable to raise Châu Quan Ky, so he was taken care of by his uncle. Master Châu Quan Ky’s uncle was a venerable Taoist priest who ruled at an important martial arts school. Master Châu Quan Ky very quickly demonstrated his talent in martial arts. The level of skill he acquired was outstanding and surprised everyone around him. He continued with this, and eventually he was able to enrich his uncle’s work by adding his own experiences in martial arts. In 1936, Master Châu Quan Ky left China via Hong Kong to live in Trà Vinh in southern Vietnam, where a large Chinese community had sprung up. He quickly gained a reputation in the area due to his knowledge of martial arts and traditional medicine. His fame spread throughout South Vietnam, and the following incident confirms the statement: During a local celebration, two practitioners from China demonstrated their martial arts skills in an unconvincing manner. The organizers were embarrassed by the poor performance, and to correct the Vietnamese’s impression of Chinese martial arts, they asked Master Châu Quan Ky if he could have a more realistic performance. Master Châu Quan Ky was skeptical at first, but after deciding to have a show, he impressed the spectators. The Chinese, who had previously been shown, doubted Master Châu Quan Ky’s techniques. Therefore, they challenged him to a duel, but had to quickly see themselves beaten by the champion. Consequently, several Chinese asked to become his students. Châu Quan Ky’s knowledge was long reserved for Chinese students. In 1956 he left to perform a mission in Cho Lon, a suburb of the South Vietnamese capital, as a plant collector and acupuncturist. Later, he moved to a Taoist temple in Gia Din where he became Master of Ceremonies of the Cult of Death. During this time, Master Châu Quan Ky met a very young Pham Xuan Tong who became one of his first disciples at the temple. Following the advice of many Vietnamese experts, including Lê Van Kiên, Lai Qui, and Long Hô Hôi, Master Châu chose Quan Ky to obtain Vietnamese citizenship. Only then could his training license be approved by the Vietnamese Martial Arts Federation (Tông Cuôc Quyên Thuât ViêtNam). In 1958, he opened his first, official school in Phu Nhuân, Vo Duong: Hô Hac Trao. Master Châu Quan Ky began to feel unwell in 1967 during a study that focused on controlling physical energy. He planned the will. During a visit, the father of Master Pham Xuan Tong, Master Châu Quan Ky was found unconscious. He died a few hours later of a stroke at the hospital, Cho Rây.
Master Pham Xuan Tong had already been selected as his successor. He was mentioned in the will and inherited a number of books that were written with him in mind.