Hop Gar kung fu is
rooted in the Buddhist monasteries of Tibet. Buddhist monks spread the seeds
of this ancient art from Tibet through southern China. These spiritual
masters developed an understanding of both mind and body through the
practice of meditation. It was in this state of consciousness that Hop Gar
beside a mountain stream, a Tibetan monk observed a crane and an ape
fighting. The ape attacked quickly using powerful circling blows intended to
crush the defenses of it's opponent. The crane moved gracefully in and out
of range evading the ape's outstretched arms. With speed and precision, the
crane used its beak and wings to strike openings in the ape's attacks. The
ape was struck in the eye by the crane's beak and ran into the jungle.
Inspired by the techniques and power of the crane and ape, the monk
developed an overwhelming martial art he called Lion's Roar, named after the
breath of Buddha.