About White Crane Kung Fu
White Crane kung fu was created by a woman named Fang Ching-Niang 3 centuries ago. According to the legend, she combined her Father’s Shaolin Kung Fu with the movements and spirit of a Crane she had been duelling with. Fang had 4 principal students who each developed their own version of her teachings. These eventually became 4 distinct yet related systems. They are: Flying Crane, Resting Crane, Eating Crane and Screaming Crane. The Flying Crane style was passed down in The Lee family for 5 generations to our head master Shifu Lorne Bernard.
For practitioners of Fukien-style White Crane Kung Fu, the life of Grandmaster Lee Kiang-Ke (1903-1992) represents both a link to the past and window toward the future. Grand Master Lee was a real old school kung fu master so when he chose to move to Malaysia in 1940, he brought with him a rare and precious art. He taught there for several decades and enjoyed much success. In 1978 he retired, leaving his son Lee Joo-Chian the helm of the art. The latter taught many people including Lorne Bernard who eventually became his most senior disciple and an official closed door inheritor of the art.
Lorne Bernard started studying white crane kung fu in 1983. He regularly travels to the Orient to visit his master and has sponsored visits of the latter to Canada on several occasions. Master Bernard has also studied several other Chinese martial arts system including Wing chun, Cha style and Buk Sing Choy lay fut. He was president of the Eastern Canada Chinese martial arts federation between 1994 and 2014. He has authored 3 books on white crane kung fu and a dvd series. As such he is a world renowned expert on traditional kung fu and the white crane style in particular.
Shifu Bernard has certified a select few instructors as he keeps the standards high. Today the Flying Crane style is taught in 3 locations in The Montreal area, Poughkeepsie New York and Sibu Malaysia.