Celebrating 50 Years of Jing Jow Pai with Grandmaster Shum

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the first Ying Jow Pai (Eagle Claw) kung fu school in the US by Grandmaster Shum in New York City in 1974. Grandmaster Shum’s students gathered in New York to honor him with Ying Jow Pai performances, to thank Grandmaster Shum for all of his teachings, and to help ensure that the Ying Jow Pai legacy will continue through the efforts of his students, and his students’ students.

Grandmaster Shum’s legacy is one of hard work, dedication, and precision in which each move in every form should clearly show its purpose. According to Grandmaster Shum, each move should demonstrate a clear beginning and end, and should be executed with appropriate speed and power; every form should be performed with synchronization of all body parts, appropriate pauses and, above all, fighting spirit. As Sifu Slaughter emphasizes in carrying on this legacy, “visualize what you are doing, and look like you are fighting.”

Sifu David Slaughter was honored to attend and thrilled to spend time with Grandmaster Shum and fellow students.

From all of Sifu Slaughter’s students, a heartfelt thank you and congratulations to Grandmaster Shum on 50 years of teaching Ying Jow Pai in the US!