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Dojo Style | Yee Chong Mu Gow

 

This document is a history of the Yee Chong Mu Gow martial arts systems, the Masters that handed down the system to the reigning Grand Master and of the Masters who will inherit the systems in the future. The Yee Chong system is a documented Chinese system that is part of China’s history and the martial arts of China.  It was brought to the United States and taught to the current Grand Master Andrew P. Tamper by Master Yee Chong. 

 

The original Master Yee Chong, known as Master Chang Chung Feng (some documents are spelled Chang Chun-feng) in Chinese, was a famous Chinese boxer in both The Republic of China and Mainland China.  His style was known as “Cha Chuan”.  It is an old Chinese fighting art.  Master Chang also specialized in the arts of Pa-Kua, Hsing-I, Tai Chi and Chin na. Master Yee Chong’s style that he put together was said to be harsher and rougher than that of his masters.  His masters were Master Li Tsun-I, Master Kao I Sheng and Master Chang Chao-tung.  These were masters of both internal (soft) and external (hard) styles of Chinese fighting arts. 

 

A very young Andrew Tamper’s first recollection of Master Yee Chong was in the early 1920’s.  He remembered noticing the master working on the railroad in Alliance Ohio.  Master Yee Chong then opened a laundry where the young Andrew Tamper picked up laundered and starched shirts for his father who owned a restaurant nearby. One day he saw Yee Chong in the back making some movements with his arms and legs.  Intrigued by what he saw, he asked the master if he was dancing.  The master replied “I don’t dance.”  For nearly 3 years the young man asked the master to teach him the techniques that he practiced daily.  No was always the answer.  Mr. Tamper persisted though and finally Chang Chung-Feng relented and said okay. On May 23, 1927, at the age of 13, he was ushered into the back room of the laundry to learn his first and most valuable lesson, in the back was a small Chinese boy about 12 inches shorter than the young Mr. Tamper.  They shook hands and suddenly the young Mr. Tamper was across the room landing on his back with his feet up against the wall.  Master Yee Chong said, “Let that be a lesson to you: Trust no one.”  Til this day Grand Master Tamper says, “I still don’t know how he did that.” 

 

Mr. Tamper studied under Master Yee Chong daily for 14 ½ years. In 1941, when Japan was invading China, Master Chang Chung-Feng, (Yee Chong), returned to his family in China.  Master Yee Chong was a native of Tientsin, in the province of Hopei, China. After the war, Master Chang, Yee Chong, moved to Taiwan.  At the age of 62 Master Chang was chief instructor at the Ministry of National Defense of Taiwan.  He was said to be first rate in his Pa-Kua and his techniques were said to be the best by martial artist in Taiwan.  Master Chang Chung-Feng then established the Yi-tsung (Yee Chong) Martial Arts Academy in Taipei.  Grand Master, Sai-Tai Gong, Yee Chong passed away in 1978, at more than 80 years old. 

 

Mr. Tamper went to World War II two years later taking the art of Yee Chong with him.  Mr. Tamper served in the Pacific Theater of Operations.  While in the jungles of the South Pacific, Mr. Tamper suffered from jungle rot and malaria, among other things, and doctors didn’t expect him to survive.  The lessons he learned over the years helped him survive, mentally and physically. Grand Master Tamper returned from World War II and taught judo, karate, and Chinese fighting arts.  In 1968 Grand Master Tamper corresponded with the Chinese information Service in Taipei, Taiwan China.  He was given permission to promote and establish an organization for the learning of the Chinese martial arts in this country.  Yee Chong Mu Gow was established by Grand Master Tamper to teach people and help them understand the Asian martial arts, especially those of Chinese origin, in the United States. Dr. Andrew P. Tamper is the reigning Grand Master Yee Chong of the Yee Chong Mu Gow fighting arts system.  Dr. Tamper was given this right upon the death of Grand Master Yee Chong, Chang Chung-Feng.  Grand Master Tamper has promoted the Asian fighting arts for over 50 years and his organization, Yee Chong Mu Gow, has set standards for the martial arts from traditional to modern ways of instructing today. Although Grand Master Tamper is nearly 90 years old and has retired from public instruct, he continues to teach a few selected students.  His greatest enjoyment comes from visiting his affiliate schools where he oversees classes and continues to demonstrate techniques.  

 

Yee Chong Mu Gow Fighting Arts 

This document will give a brief description of the styles of the Yee Chong Mu Gow system.  A more detailed explanation will be included in another document soon to be published. At the time Grand Master Tamper studied under Yee Chong, Chang Chung-Feng, it was unheard of for a Chinese Master to teach the martial arts to anyone other than family or village let alone someone of another race.  Certain Chinese organizations (tongs, triads) considered it a crime, sometimes punishable by death. Even though Dr. Tamper studied under Yee Chong, Chang  Chung-Feng for over 14 years, grand Master Chang never explained the styles or the names of the techniques he taught Dr. Tamper.  Grand Master Tamper has spent a lifetime studying and researching the Chinese martial arts to identify and classify the arts taught to him. Finally, the Yee Chong system is many things to its numerous practitioners.  The Yee Chong system utilizes everything from the old traditional teaching to the modern instructional methods of today’s world.  Grand Master Tamper’s teaching philosophy is, “Be yourself, not a carbon copy of your teacher.”  This does not mean that the basics and traditions of the arts are to be cast aside.  It means the practitioner should have an open mind when it comes to advance techniques and personal growth. For this reason some students study the traditional fighting way and some study the Kenpo or ever-changing, hard fighting way.  All students are still responsible for the teachings of the Grand Master Yee Chong and all Masters who preceded him. 

 

The Yee Chong Mu Gow system has evolved over the years to include a wide variety of styles and techniques.  The three main styles of the Yee Chong system are Ku Tai Te, Chinese Kempo, and Mo Ying Dao. 

 

The first, Ku Tai Te, is the traditional teachings of the Yee Chong Mu Gow system.  Ku Tai Te translates as the way of the ancients.  Its roots are formed from the three ancient arts of China; Hsing-I, Pa-kua, and T’ai Chi Ch’uan and also Chin na.  It also included Chi Kung breathing exercises and other health related arts plus the Shaolin Five Animals styles to add diversity. 

 

The second, Chinese Kenpo, is a mixture of the traditional and modern fighting arts.  The Chinese translation for Kempo is to break with force.  For this reason one will find many of the techniques are done in such a way as to break, bruise or cripple the human body.  This style has been modified and adapted for competition and tournaments.  It has produced many regional and national champions.  Included in this style are forms, weapons, sparring, and martial arts history of the style. 

 

The third, Mo Ying Dao, is more like an evolution of Ku Tai Te than a separate style.  Translated, it means the formless way.  It is made up of several arts combined with the teachings of Ku Tai Te.  The styles of Mo Ying Dao are: Do Vee Fut – (hard style self-defense) Fi Su Dome Fut – (quick response self-defense) Hu Tao (pronounced wu dao) – (the way of the tiger) Wu Qin Wu Shu Gong – (5 Animal, 5 Flow Practice) Many styles and techniques from other systems are included in the above arts, including the Japanese martial arts.  They continue to grow and develop as their Masters learn and exchange ideas.        

 

~Inheritors of Yee Chong Mu Gow~

Over the years Grand Master Tamper has produced many Masters and Black Belts.  From the first, Master Robert Legg, in 1973 to the latest, Master Greg Rodak, in 1993.  At this time only the inheritors of the system will be mentioned here.  The remainder will be documented in another more detailed document to be printed in the near future. The Masters listed below have proven themselves faithful students and very capable instructors.  Each will inherit the seal of the Grand Master and will handle their own diplomas. 

 

Master James F. Arrasmith is Master of the Hu Tao system under Grand Master Tamper.  He also has rankings in Shotokan Karate, Traditional Weapons, Tae Kwon Do, and Chinese Kempo.  He also teaches the 8 gates of T’ai Chi.  He is Si-tai gong to the Yee Chong System.  As Si-tai Gong he will be coordinator of the Yee Chong Mu Gow system and chief arbitrator.  He is also Soke-Dai of the Yee Chong System and inheritor of the Hu Tao system. 

 

Master Duane Messik is Master of the Ku Tai Te system.  He is senior instructor to Grand Master Tamper.  He also practices T’ai Chi Ch’uan and self-defense.  He is a Soki Dai of the Yee Chong system and inheritor of the Ku Tai Te system.  As senior instructor in the Yee Chong Mu Gow system he will be available as a consultant to the other masters. 

 

Master Dale McCutchan is Master of the Do Vee Fut system.  He is also a Master of Ku Tai Te, Chinese Kempo, Weapons, Fi Su Dome Fut and the Hsiao Tao system.  He also is a sixth degree Black belt in several other martial arts such as Judo and Ju Jitsu.  He is also the United States Director of Operations for the PKC.  (Professional Karate Commission) He is a Soki Dai of the Yee Chong system and inheritor of the Haiao Tao system. 

 

Master Rick Addessi is Master of the Chinese Kempo system.  He is also a Master of Do Vee Fut, Weapons, Shotokan Karate, and Tae Kwon Do and has rankings in several Japanese martial arts including Ju-jitsu and Samuri Aiki-jujitsu, all of that make up the Addessi Martial Arts system.  Master Addessi is a full time martial artist.  He is a Soki Dai of the Yee Chong System and inheritor of the Chinese Kempo system. 

 

Master Donald Stallman Sr. is Master of the Mo Ying Dao system having mastered both Do Vee Fut and Fi Su Done Fut.  He is also ranked in Chinese Kempo.  He is a Soki Dai of the Yee Chong system and inheritor of the Mo Ying Dao system.  He was also made Master Instructor by Grandmaster Tamper in 1993. Master Dan Sims is Master of the Wu Qin Wu Shu Gong system.  He is also a Master of Ku Tai Te and Mo Ying Dao.  He is a Soki Dai of the Yee Chong system and inheritor of the Wu Qin Wu Shu Gong system. 

 

Master Gregory M. Rodak is Master of the Fi Su Dome Fut system.  He is also a sifu in Ku Tai Te and an instructor in T’ai Chi Ch’uan.  He also has rankings in Do Vee Fut, Addessi’s Martial Arts system, Goshin-Ryu Aiki Jujitsu and Authentic Togakure-Ryu Ninjutsu.  He is a Soki Dai of the Yee Chong system and inheritor of the Fi Su Dome Fut system. In addition, Grand Master Tamper has appointed Sifu Ed McGrew as Lao Tsi, (historian of Yee Chong Mu Gow), and Sifu Tom Wingert as philosophy teacher. It shall be known that no one Master has been taught the total knowledge of the Yee Chong system.  No one can claim to be the sole inheritor of the Yee Chong system.  Any inheritance document dated prior to this document will be considered null and void. Finally, the only person who would eventually be able to claim inheritance of the total Yee Chong Mu Gow system is Grand Master Eric Addessi who was taken from us to be with Christ earlier this year.  Although we all still mourn our loss, the Masters of Yee Chong Mu Gow and martial artist from other styles vow to continue his wish and dream of sharing and raining the martial arts with children, no matter who they are, what race or religion they are or their financial status.  The Yee Chong Mu Gow system is dedicated to this end and with God and Eric’s help it will be done.