Gary L. McGhee is a career firefighter and 10th degree black belt who, after more than 50 years of training, continues to champion the teachings originated at China's Shaolin Temple. In short, Chinese boxing is central to Sifu McGhee's life.
Students of Sifu McGhee can trace their training origin back more than 300 years to General Kusanku, a Chinese martial artist who in the late 18th century, brought the art of Chuan Fa to the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa, Japan.
The Five Fingered Fist Society is a traditional-style Chinese Kenpo self-defense school founded in 1992. Students receive authentic Kenpo instruction taught from a training manual penned and perfected since 1959.
Chinese fighting arts are believed to have originated as early as 1100 B.C. It would be much later, in the 6th century, that Chuan Fa, Chinese boxing, would begin to achieve the respect and notoriety it has today.
According to legend, Jueyuan, Li Sou and Bai Yufeng, three 13th-century Chinese martial arts masters, combined their knowledge to revive the 18 original fighting styles of Arhat Buddhist monks, and organize 170+ techniques into the five animal forms taught today.