CHRONICLES OF FORMATION OF I LIQ CHUAN
Back in the days, students in the original group was still practising the Fung Yang Xing Yi Quan (凤阳形意拳) and Ru Yi Bagua (如意八卦) under the tutelage of Master Lee Kim Chow from China.
GM Jimmy Heow is a serious martial arts practitioner and wanted to test his skills, and verify if it truly is an effective and formidable art on its own.
In 1974, Grandmaster Jimmy was supposed to fight with a Thai Boxer but fight was called off due to newly introduced rules – read here.
In 1975, GM Jimmy Heow won the International Karate Open Championship.
Picture 1 & 2: Grandmaster Jimmy Heow (black) vs opponent in his final fight. GM Jimmy receiving his championship trophy.
After GM Jimmy winning the competition, one of the senior martial brother named Wang Chun Chin felt that the art is indeed effective, and could be used against practical fights and further spread outwards. Since they were learning a blend of different arts, he suggested a new name ‘I Liq Chuan 意力拳’ based on the underlying principles.
In 1976, I Liq Chuan Association was formed with a total of 7 co-founders, with GM Jimmy being the youngest. Five of them are present (standing) in the photo below.
Photo taken after the win at Kampung Pandan School, where Wang Chun Chin is the headmaster at that school.
Standing: left – senior student / 2nd from left – Chin Lik Keong (co-founder) / 3rd from left – Wang Chun Chin (co-founder who conceive the name ‘I Liq Chuan’ / center holding trophy – GM Jimmy Heow (co-founder) / 2nd from right – Lau Siu Lam (co-founder) / right – Kong Siu Song (co-founder)
Squatting: students (Master Sam Chin on the right)
Later years, GM Jimmy leading a group of students to participate in various Tai Chi exchanges (friendly on the surface, but it was actually more of a open challenge internally by different groups) around the various states in Penang, Johor, etc as a result of publicised news by the media.
MORE TO COME…to be continued
Picture: GM Jimmy in black leading students in white in Penang Exchange