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Master Bill Chun, Jr.

Honored Founder & Creator of the
Kenpo/Kempo Lõ Kahi
Association of America

 

 

 

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Grandmaster Ming Lum
1926-2011

We are sad to report that Grandmaster Ming Lum passed away on November 5, 2011. He was born in Chung San, Canton, China but grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. He's known as kung fu's Godfather to two generations. Grandmaster Ming Lum started his martial arts training while in grade school at the Chungsan Language School in Honolulu where he trained Fut Gar (Buddha Family) with Grandmaster Lam Dai Young, one of three of the best at that time.

He also trained Jujitsu with Professor Henry Okazaki and Judo with Kenny Kawatachi during 1940-1941 just before WWII broke out. In 1955 he moved to San Francisco, California. In 1957, Grandmaster Lum began to study with Choy Li Fut Grandmaster Lau Bun. In the 1960's he was the first to introduce the Shaw Bros. kung fu films in San Francisco area. He was first to bring Chinese stylists to enter karate tournaments and has opened the doors for a non-Chinese to learn kung fu in San Francisco.

Grandmaster Ming Lum has been council, advisor and public relations extraordinaire to virtually every martial arts promoter and tournament promoter in California. His renown is as such that he forms the cultural goodwill bridge between Asia and the United States. Primarily because he is knowledgeable of virtually every style of martial art taught in China and his acquaintance with all of the Grandmasters of both continents.

Grandmaster Ming Lum has been responsible for hundreds, if not thousands, of success stories in the martial arts. Working closely with the San Francisco Chinatown community and the City of San Francisco to bring each closer to the needs and understandings of these contrasting cultures, GM Ming Lum was a selfless man who always thought of others first before himself.

Master Bill Chun, Jr. and the Kenpo/Kempo Lõ Kahi Association of America wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to GM Lum's family, friends, and students for his passing. He will always be remembered.