The style of Yau Kung Mun finds its roots in the Northern Shaolin Temple from the monk Ding Ying who lived during the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD). Like many other monks at the temple, Ding Ying spent his life dedicated to perfecting himself spiritually and pugilistically. He was devoted to refining his martial art skills, focusing on what he saw as being the most effective techniques.
Ha Hon Hung is considered the founder of Yau Kung Mun, being the first non-monk to be taken as a disciple in the early 1900s, then promoting its teachings. In this way it can be said that it was Grandmaster Ha who brought Yau Kung Mun out of the Shaolin Temple. In 1924 Grandmaster Ha Hon Hung began to teach the style in Guangzhou at his ‘Pearl River Martial Arts Association’. World War Two and the following political unrest in China led Grandmaster Ha towards Hong Kong where he continued to teach Yau Kung Mun. It was in Hong Kong that the name Yau Kung Mun was first used.
Through the course of his life, Grandmaster Ha strove to use his skills to serve those around him. People of all levels of society came to him to benefit from his expertise in Traditional Chinese Medicine. He was devoted to sharing his knowledge in martial arts and healing. As a result of his diligent efforts, Grandmaster Ha was a man highly respected by both martial artists and non-martial artist alike.
In 1978 Grandmaster Leung Cheung, a direct disciple of Grandmaster Ha Hon Hung, immigrated to Sydney, bringing with him Yau Kung Mun Kung Fu and founded the Australian Leung Cheung Yau Kung Mun Chinese Martial Arts Academy in 1980. 2005 saw the 25th anniversary of the legacy that Grandmaster Leung has left to both the martial arts world and to the Australian and Chinese communities.