Pack Mee Pai, de White eyebrow style
The name Pack Mee Pai (sometimes written as Bak Mee Bai) comes from the
founder of this style, the Taoistic monk Pack Mee, who was known for his
white eyebrows. A legend tells that Pack Mee in the 17th century together
with three other monks and a nun escaped from a massive slaughtering at
the Shaolin monastery. Later, in a monastery in the Emei Shan mountains in
the Sichuan province, he improved the style he learned in the Shaolin monastery
and named it after himself. Pack Mee passed his style only to one monk, who
also had one student. Because of this way of transmission, Pack Mee Pai has
always been an unknown style.
The Pack Mee Pack Pai as is been taught within Wújí, comes
from Lie Sai Keung.
This grandmaster learned the style from
Chong Li Tsang.
Chong Li Tsang, the one who introduced the style to South China. Lie Sai
Keung moved in 1968 from Hong Kong to Suriname, where he taught until he
passed away in 1974. Kong Mien Ho was his eldest student in Suriname and was
permitted by Lie Sai Keung to teach this style.
As an external Wushu-style Pack Mee Pai has a number of typical characteristics.
The most important is that also the cultivation of internal power gets a lot of
attention. This internal power expresses itself as an explosive force in the
execution of the techniques, that has the effect of an electrical shock on the
opponent. To develop this skill patience and committed training are required.
During the training the typical basic stance and basic kicks of Pack Mee Pai
receive therefore a lot of attention.
Another characteristic of Pack Mee Pai is that defense and attack are mostly
combined, and come together at the same time. This requires precision and a
high reaction speed. To train this there is a lot of attention to walking
the different forms and practicing the techniques together during the lesson.