The Chou Style of Kung Fu was created by the Chou brothers back in the 1900's. The Chou brothers were from the village of Safu in Hsiuhui County, Kwantung Province. They were well known for their skills and techniques and were referred to as "The Five Tigers of the Chou Family".
Chou Lung, the eldest of the five was the 5th son in the family, followed by Chou Hup the 6th son, Chou Piao the 8th son, Chou Hai the 9th son and Chou Tien the 10th son. Among them Chou Piao and Chou Tien were twins.
Each of the five brothers has his own unique individual talents. Chou Lung was especially gifted with a natural disposition in martial art training. Since early childhood, he had been a follower of his uncle, Chou Hsiung, a master of the Hung Style.
Chou Lung migrated to the south in 1910 at the age of 19 to seek employment. While he was there, he studied under another great master who specialized in the Choy Lai Fut Style. Five years later, he returned to Kwantung and worked as a carpenter. He spent his leisure hours studying the two different forms of martial art he had mastered and combined the best of the two and created his very own style - The Chou-Gar.
In the early days of the Chinese Republic, a general by the name of Lee Fu-Lin issued a decree making it mandatory for all officers and men serving the army to master Chinese martial art for self-defence. An elimination contest was held among the good and famous martial art teachers in the Province in an attempt to choose the best instructor. Chou Lung saw the contest as an opportunity to promote the Chou Style. He entered for the contest and defeated 28 chosen instructors to become Chief martial art instructor for the army. The other four brothers later joined Chou Lung as instructors in the army.
Soon, Chou Style of martial art became the most popular form of martial art throughout China. Many requested Chou Lung to teach in their gymnasiums. However, due to his commitment to the army, Chou Lung was unable to accept these offers. Nevertheless, he sent his four brothers out to the various provinces to set up gymnasiums.
In 1919, an epidemic broke out in Kwantung, many people suffered from a disease known as pandemic; Chou Lung was among the unfortunate ones. But believing that his superb physical fitness would help him overcome this disease, he refuse to consult a doctor and thus, died a very young age of 29. His death was indeed a great loss to the Chinese Martial Art Circles.
After Chou Lung's death, the remaining four Chou brothers continued to run their gym and take in disciples. These disciples are teaching in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Australia and the United States of America.
Grand Master Lee Kuan
The Father of Zhou Jia Quan in Singapore and Malaysia
The late Sifu Lee Kuan initiated the founding of Sim Sum Loke Hup Athletic Association; Sifu Lee was born in "Fo San" country in the "Nam-Hai" Magistrate, Guangdong Province China in 1915.
Sifu Lee had a natural disposition for martial art training, he learnt the "Wong San Style" from his father, Lee Poon Sat. Later he took up the "Fo San's Cai Jia Style" and "Fai Hong Style". During his school days, he preferred to spend his leisure hours learning pugilism from Zhou-Guan, a well established gymnasium in Zhou style. The Zhou Style was created by Zhou-Long, one of the famous Zhou brothers who were commonly known as "The Five Tigers of the Zhou Family" (Zhou Jia Wu Fu).
At that time, one of the Zhou Guan was run by Sifu Lam Chok Poon, the legitimate disciple of Zhou brothers. Sifu Lam noticed Sifu Lee's enthusiasm, and personally taught him a major part of the Zhou Jia Style.
Sifu Lee's enthusiasm did not stop there. He continued to learn the Fut Ga Style from Sifu "Sat Eng Inn" and the Northern Shaolin Martial Art of using the leg. He then combined the six different styles and took the best of each form to create his own distinct style which is now more commonly knowns as "Sim San Loke Hup" Style. During the war, Sifu Lee joined the army and served in the 19th Division. After the war, he left the army and went to Penang. There, he established the Ngai Loke Chun Chee Association and became master of the pugilistic department. Sifu Lee also accepted the same post in the Soon Tuck Association and took in disciples. He soon became a famous and well respected man in the pugilistic world in Northern Malaysia.
Sifu Lee migrated to Singapore in 1954. He was very eager to promote Zhou Jia Quan here. With the help of Mr Ho Siak Chew, they established the Sim Sum Loke Hup Athletic Association. Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the Prime Minister of Singapore at that time, officiated the opening of the Association on 23rd Nov 1965.
Unfortunately Sifu Lee did not live long enough to see the fruits of his labour, he passed away on the 14th Nov 1967 at the age of 53. He left his sons Lee Kum Yuen and Lee Kam Kar with the most honorable task of the continued imparting of Zhou Jia Quan.