Grandmaster Gao Chunhe: Hong Gate Hands (Hongmenshou 洪门手)
Hong Gate Hands is attributed to Ming General Zheng Chenggong, who taught it to his soldiers during the Qing dynasty. He adopted the name Hong after the first Ming Emperor, Hongwu. This title is the same source of inspiration as the Cantonese style of Hung Gar. Hong Gate Hands is considered an essential method of Sichuan martial arts.
Grandmaster Gao Chunhe was born in 1921 in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in China. He studied martial arts from childhood and rose to become one of China’s greatest masters.
The Legendary Grandmasters of China series showcases many of the leading elder grandmasters of China. The footage was collected from 1983 to 1986 during China’s National Martial Arts Survey. When the department in charge of this survey was shut down by the government, much of the data was lost. Fortunately, some footage was recovered and has been re-mastered to include new lesson material. Each form demonstrated by the Grandmasters is broken down for instructional purposes by leading contemporary practitioners of these styles. TC Media is proud to present these historic videos in order to preserve the legacy of these extraordinary Grandmasters.