Who am I?
I am just a girl. I was born competitive and naturally active. There was never a time when I wasn’t running around causing chaos for my family. Growing up, I would always hear my parents tell me to sit nicely and act like a lady. But I just couldn’t be still. My love for sports was too strong.
When I was very young, I played soccer. And I was good. Really good. Good enough that I was scouted and coaches would approach my parents and ask them to let me tryout for gold. Unfortunately, my soccer aspirations had the unpleasant experience of going through an hiatus.
During that time, I kept pretty active, but I struggled a bit more to keep up with the boys in my family. I didn’t like feeling like I was losing to them in any way, physical or not.
For this reason, I followed in my sister’s footsteps and joined kung fu. I honestly don’t mind bragging and will cheerily say that I demonstrated a fair amount of talent. I’ve grown up fighting my siblings after all. We would wrestle and spar constantly — in that sibling rivalry kind of way of course. No one actually got hurt too badly in our little spats.
I joined kung fu for so many reasons, for more than just keeping up with my brothers. My primary reason is because I believe in female empowerment. Girls are stronger than many men, and even themselves, give them credit for. Sadly, we still live in a world where female self-defence is important for every girl to know. I want to promote love and confidence among both genders. Kung fu means more than just fighting. It is a means for self-betterment. We could all use a little discipline and appreciation of nature and each other in our lives.
I am just a girl who wishes to fight for every girl and every human.
What is Ngo Cho style?
Ngo Cho Kun is Hokkian dialect for Five Ancestors fist. This style of kung fu comes from the South of China. Born after the fall of the Ming dynasty, this style represents the resistance of the Qing. The name is tribute to the five ancestors whose essence are the foundation of Ngo Cho. The five ancestors were:
- Tai Cho – the emperor of China during the Ming dynasty,
- Guan Nim Ma – the goddess of mercy worshipped by both Taoism and Buddhism,
- Lo Han – the loyal warrior monks who helped local villagers,
- Da Mo – the monk who introduced Buddhism to China,
- and Xuan Nu – the female monk believed to have advanced the science and medicine of pressure points.
What should I know about Sifu Dan?
Sifu Dan started practising Ngo Cho in 1975 at the age of 17. As a quick learner, Sifu Dan was easily able to learn the 6 empty forms that normally take 3 years to master. He was a dedicated student who never missed any exclusive classes conducted by Grand Master Dr. Lo King Hui.
At the age of 19, Sifu Dan competed at the National Open Style Martial Art Tournament, sponsored by the Sports Development of the Philippines. With no experience in tournament fighting, and as the youngest fighter participating, it shocked everyone when Sifu Dan defeated the defending champion with only 2 years of Ngo Cho training. As the new champion, Sifu Dan continued to defend his title from 8 challengers from 1977-1978.
Sifu Dan finally retired from active public full contact sparring undefeated in 1983 when he was promoted and awarded the Quality Chief Instructor certificate from his school, Philippine Kong Han Martial Arts Club.
In 1995, Sifu Dan brought his family to Canada and began teaching Ngo Cho to students within Canada in 2000. In 2008, he was awarded the 8th Dan by the International South Shaolin Wuzuquan Federation in Quanzhou China. In 2010, Sifu Dan introduced Ngo Cho to Sao Paolo Brazil, Ohio USA, and to Lillehammer Norway.
Sifu Dan’s mission, as well as his devoted pupils’, is to revive the traditional form of Kung Fu based on the five ancestors of the Ming Dynasty.
Our hope is that others may find enjoyment in the knowledge and technique of Ngo Cho style of Kung Fu and for it to become a globally respected and practised form of martial art. We would love for this style to be accessible by everyone.