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Story of the Grandmasters

The Shaolin schools under the Shaolin Grandmaster Sin Kwang Thé trace their lineage back to the Fukien temple through a succession of three remarkable Shaolin Grandmasters.

The first of the three Grandmasters was born in Fukien in 1849.  He came to the world covered with hair from head to toe.  His horrified parents, convinced that they had given birth to a demon, abandoned the infant in a forest near the Fukien Temple.  A passing monk rescued the newborn and presented him to the Shaolin Masters.  The Masters realized that it would be nearly impossible to find a family willing to adopt such a child, so they decided to raise him themselves.  They named him Su Kong T'ai Djin.

From childhood on, Su Kong T'ai Djin studied the Shaolin art with exceptional dedication.  The Fukien Masters responded to his enthusiasm with a rare variance from Shaolin tradition.  Instead of assigning Su Kong's training to a single Master, as was the practice, each of the Fukien Masters contributed to Su Kong's martial education.  Su Kong was therefore able to complete every branch of Shaolin training, learning and mastering hundreds of forms and disciplines.  It was an unparalleled achievement.  [Usually the 10 Grandmasters of the temple each learned 1/10th of the Shaolin art].

Su Kong's knowledge and strong character led to his appointment as the Grandmaster of Fukien.  More than once, his exceptional martial skills were needed to fulfill the responsibilities of his position.  For example, he once arranged a meeting with 12 Shaolin Masters, representatives of the Shaolin Temples of China.  When Grandmaster Su entered the room for the meeting, all the Masters bowed.  Instead of returning the bow, Grandmaster Su picked up a knife and threw it up the rafters.  An assassin tumbled down from his hiding place, the knife embedded in his heart.  Grandmaster Su had heard 13 men breathing where there were only supposed to be 12!

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