Kuen Do Way of the Fist

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Kuen-Do (拳道) literally means “the way of the fist.” However, in the intended Chinese term, the character “fist” is also synonymous with “style of martial art” and “martial art” itself. The hyphenated term specifically refers to the system founded by Randy Tay, a Singaporean and one of the foremost authorities on the Cho Ga lineage of Wing Chun, a version more popular in South East Asia.

Kuen-Do requires understanding through experience and guidance in a dynamic process, as opposed to the usual transmission of knowledge found in most other systems. Of course, effectiveness in combat is essential, however Tay also believes that martial arts is a lifelong discipline that transcends physical combat. For this reason, Kuen-Do stresses the development of physical efficiency, mindfulness, and insight through challenging training sessions.

Kuen-Do, is based on salient concepts of Wing Chun, while other influences include Kyokushin Karate, Goju-Ryu Karate, Muay Thai (or Thai-style boxing), Hapkido, Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and Daito-ryu aiki-jujutsu, as well as the Theravada school of Buddhism, which stresses critical thinking and personal cultivation.

Today, Kuen-Do is practised in Singapore (where it was founded), Australia, Japan, Canada, and recently in the USA (2003). Kuen-Do literally translates as “Way of the Fist” but metophorically means “Way of Martial Arts”. Unlike most systems which are taught or transmitted to a student, Kuen-Do cannot be learnt but is to be experienced and understood through guidance.

It is for this very reason that a beginner will have a difficult time grasping its concepts due to his or her inherent need for categorizations.

Sifu Randy Tay firmly believes that while effectiveness in combat is essential, martial arts is a lifelong cultivation that goes beyond physical combat. True to this conviction, Kuen-Do stresses on development of mindfulness and insight whereby every training session is both challenging physically as well as mentally and spiritually.

Kuen-Do is a progressive martial art that is based on the human structure. Not to be misunderstood as an amalgamation of different styles or a mixed martial art, it is based on the principle that the development of the human being comes before any style or system. Through his own experience and research, our founder Sifu Randy Tay, one of the very few permitted by his teacher Grandmaster Ku Choi Wah (a patriach of Cho Ga Wing Chun) to pass on the tradition and who is recognised by elders in the Kung Fu community, draws from elements of various systems including Muay Thai, Karate (Kyokushin and Goju-ryu), Aikido, Hapkido, Kali, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, coupled with his achievements and insights in Buddhism (Theravada traditions), to formulate training concepts aimed at guiding the individual towards their own awareness. These concepts eventually came to be known as Kuen-Do.

Heavily inspired by the philosophy of the late Bruce Lee, Randy Tay Sifu relocated to the USA to be amindst the revolution of martial arts. Here he met many illustrious styles and masters including (but not limited to) John May Sifu (Wing Chun), Joe Rios Shihan (Isshin Ryu Karate-Jutsu), Peggy Chau Sifu (Ng Mui Kung Fu), Pedro Yee Sifu (Hung Ga), Edgar Tsakouls (Russian Martial Art: Systema) and most recently Rodrigo Kong Sensei (Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu) with whom he is receiving formal instruction. These new experiences provided further insights into the nature of martial arts and has since been adapted into his personal system.

In short, Kuen-Do was not, is not and never will be a fixed style or system but an ever-changing process as the individual accumulates knowledge, awareness and insights about themselves, the world around them and finally the true nature of things.