Macao resident preserves traditional fighting style
China Daily

Jimmy Fong demonstrates movements for his students of Cai Li Fo boxing. (Photo: China Daily)

Fong started learning Cai Li Fo boxing from his father when he was about 15. He said he has had great interest in learning martial arts since childhood.

Fong's father, who has been practicing Cai Li Fo for more than five decades, is an inheritor of intangible cultural heritage in Guandong province.

In addition to teaching, Fong said he hoped to be able to attract more young people from Macao in the future to promote mutual understanding and exchanges with people on the mainland.

"I want to encourage more young people from Macao to understand more about their motherland and the splendid Chinese culture," he said.

Cai Li Fo boxing is a tradition that should be preserved, he said.

Students practice Cai Li Fo boxing. (Photo: China Daily)

Jimmy Fong enjoys teaching martial arts in his Cai Li Fo Boxing Hall in the Huadu district of Guangzhou, Guangdong province.

The 34-year-old Macao resident said that as a Chinese person, he would like to return to the mainland to develop Cai Li Fo boxing and spread Chinese culture.

Cai Li Fo is commonly known as Choy Lee Fut kung fu in the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.

"I hope to be able to further expand the boxing hall and construct more training venues and dormitories to recruit more students to pass the style on to more young people in the years to come," he said.

Fong said he believed he would achieve the goal, as local government and villagers support his efforts. Currently, his hall has two classes, with 40 to 50 students each.