PAST MASTERS COMPARED TO MODERN DAY FIGHTERS
Would Shaolin masters of the past like Uncle Righteousness, Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam, The Ten Tigers of Canton, Pak Mei, and Bodhidharma compare to masters in the modern day when it comes to combat efficiency and internal force?-- Steve Rivera, Shaolin Wahnam USA
Modern day masters are nowhere in combat efficiency compared to masters in the past not only in Shaolin but also in any kungfu styles. Past masters could kill with just one strike, whereas modern day masters freely exchange blows in combat.
Past masters could walk down a street and be ambushed by more than 30 armed assailants yet emerged unhurt. As recent as 60 years ago, my sifu, Sifu Ho Fatt Nam, single-handedly fought off more than 30 armed assailants who intended to kill his family and burn his house, and of course he and his family remained unhurt. Today many modern day kungfu masters cannot even fight against a good Boxer or a Karate blackbelt.
-- Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit
The above discussion is reproduced from the thread 20 Questions for Grandmaster: Choy-Li-Fatt and Kungfu against Other Styles in the Shaolin Wahnam Discussion Forum.