About Chaquan

   Chaquan is a very old martial art. Through historical documents, it can be traced back to the Tang dynasty (618 – 906 A.D.). According to such documents Chaquan by that time was already well developed by the militaries of the central Asian plains and used extensively the by the Caravan Guards of the ancient “Silk Road”. It was during the early Tang Dynasty, when China could not defend its borders, that it invited these fighters and armies to help. They succeeded easily and the martial art of Chaquan, and many other things from central Asia, became adopted as Chinese.

Chaquan established a designation of martial arts called “long fist”. This is because the arms and legs move in an extended manner. The whole body is continuously mobile. The idea is to use the flow and momentum that is generated by the unified movements of the entire body to generate power. The whole body becomes a fist – “long fist”.

It seems amazing that principles such as this, determined so long ago, are only recently understood by science. For example, Verkhoshansky in “Supertraining, 1990”, a staple for training of high-performance athletes explains that, ‘only when the joint angles of the limbs are mostly extended can the power of the entire kinetic chain (including the torso) be expressed fully at the extremities’. To be clear, this very succinctly describes the signature method of power generation used in Chaquan and its family of styles. There is nothing similar any other martial art. It is unique and ultimately effective.

Our Chaquan curriculum comes to us through the following path. Yu Zhensheng, the main “long fist” instructor at Huang Pu Military school in the 1930’s taught the entire art to Xu Gongwei, who in turn taught it to John Spak, the founder of the “Fists of Mystery and Truth” Kung fu School. It is this curriculum that is being presented here.


About Us…

Our mission is to spread the benefits of Kung fu to as many people as we can!  Enjoy health, happiness, personal safety, and peace of mind.

Join us and explore the mystery, invention, pragmatism, and beauty of these martial arts for yourself. Its healthy, rewarding, and fun.

What is Kung Fu…

   “A mystery. It cultivates longevity and the essence of life. It fortifies composure and well being. Aligns thoughts, emotions, perceptions, body, and actions with a higher manifestation of ones self. It is an elixir for personal strength. It is peerless self defense. It is a path.”

   “It resonates deeply. It enables absolutely. Wise people invest great time and effort into its practice. All should know it, but somehow it seems to choose. Will it be you?”

The “Fists of Mystery and Truth” club in Surrey/Vancouver

In our Martial Arts Program we strive, through evidence based research,  to instill similar training practices and traditional knowledge as was known by the  legendary masters of the past. We build on that.

The reason for this simple – we think it is essential to have and to understand the complete training method in order to reap similar results.

For example “Baguazhang” at our club is taught in conjunction with “Longfist” just as Dong Hai Chuan, the creator of “Baguazhang”, did. This builds power, agility, and a range of motion that you just can’t get in any other way.

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Classes are currently held in Surrey and Vancouver.

Send email or call (604) 786-0874 for more info – or attend a free meetup in person. I look forward to meeting you!

Sifu John Spak

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