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Zi Sin

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Zi Sin

The exact location of the Southern Shaolin Temple is unclear, but the temple is said to have been located in the province of Fujian or Guangdong. At that time there were many Buddhist temples, almost each one had one or more martial art halls.

According to legend, five monks were able to flee during the destruction of the Southern Shaolin Temple. One of them was the abbot, Zi Sin Sin Si.

He hid in different places and taught different people in his martial art. It was always about teaching the people about martial arts and thus supporting the resistance against the government of the Qing Dynasty. To do this, the ability to defend itself had to be conveyed as quickly as possible. Often Zi Sin was only in one place for a few months before he had to move on.

The sources of the Siu Lam Wing Chun date back to places in Guangdong province. Among others, Zi Sin taught in Dungguan Loeng Bok Lau, in Foshan he taught Yeung Tim. On the boat of a Guangdong opera group he taught Wong Waa Bou and Loeng Ji Dai. In Qing Yuen he hid in the Buddhist Fei Loi temple and taught Tang Bun and Tang Zau, in Guangxi he taught Jim Ji Gung, passed the Guangxi Ba Bai mountain and taught another pupil in Longcheng, whose name was Long.

Whether the monk’s name was ultimately Zi Sin, and whether these oral traditions were always about one and the same monk, remains unclear. To date, there is no documented evidence of this.

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