The Fu Hok Meditative Tradition
(Fu Hok Yau Kong Sin)
It is said of Fu Hok master Kwan Wing Hung that he would rise early in the morning prior to sunrise, face the east and stand in meditation until the sun was shining in his eyes. After attending to his Fu Hok workout and meditation he would retire for a little more sleep. He then would arise again and begin his daily activities.
Grandmaster Yuan forged his body and spirit continually. It is said that grandmaster Yuan had benches and stools in his home but no chairs with backs on them. When sitting grandmaster Yuan always maintained a straight back, practicing his martial/meditative posture.
Historically the Fu Hok meditative tradition has its roots in Indian Buddhism, which was conveyed to and through the Siu Lum monastery by the founder of Sin (Zen) Buddhism Dat Mor (Bodhidharma). In the monastery physical development progressed hand in hand with mental and spiritual cultivation. A study of the history of meditation reveals that the practice of meditation is found in virtually every major of religion of the world. In light of this it is clear that meditation, while theologically neutral, is a tool conducive to enhancing mental, spiritual and even physical fitness. The Fu Hok meditative tradition then should be interpreted within the context of ones own traditional religious beliefs and background.
Technically meditation may be divided into two major methods, inclusive and exclusive. Exclusive meditation is to focus the mind on one thing to the exclusion of all else. This is sometimes referred to as concentration. Inclusive meditation is an attempt to be aware of all things in the present moment. This method is also known as awareness or mindfulness. Both of these methods ultimately achieve the same goal and both are encompassed in the Fu Hok meditative tradition.The practice of the Fu Hok standing (static) meditation is most akin to the exclusive method. The practice of the Fu Hok empty hand and weapons forms (moving meditation) correspond to the inclusive method.
The practice of meditation produces a plethora of benefits. The Fu Hok chi gung form of meditation improves resting heart rate, circulation, and produces an overall state of relaxation. Fu Hok moving meditation, being a form of chi gung in itself, also induces a mental state known as “flow.” Psychologically Fu Hok meditation brings about emotional equanimity as well as a mental clarity. Master Kwan was fond of saying that “You cannot find (successfully attack) me because my mind is so clear.” Throughout the martial arts tradition the benefits of having a clear, unclouded mind are legendary.
While there are the martial and medicinal aspects of the Fu Hok, there are those individuals who practice Fu Hok solely for the benefits derived from the meditation.