The history of the martial arts in China traditionally starts around the 6th Century A.D. when the Buddhist Patriarch Ta Mo or Bodhidharma traveled from Northern India to the Buddhist Shaolin Temple of China. Here he assists in the development of the Shaolin Style of martial arts, which were exclusively reserved for monks who lived within the temple walls.
The traditional Lohans of China were individuals who were secretly trained in the Shaolin martial arts “outside” the temples’ walls. These Lohans were partially responsible for the creation of hundreds of styles of Kung fu seen today since they were not bound by the strict rules of the Shaolin Temples.
The Lohans or ‘outsiders’ were devoted to the same martial arts codes of ethics that were found inside the walls of Shaolin, such as righteousness, benevolence, kindness and justice as well as the Virtues of the Heart. These codes grew from the compassionate Buddhist teachings from India, the Taoist Spiritual teachings of China and from the philosophy / codes of conduct of Confucius.
Today, the Lohan Group consists of teachers who still follow their lineages of martial arts from Old China, as well as the Lineage of Guan Yu. They were some of the first non-chinese students of the arts and disciplines of old China...who had the unique opportunity to learn from teachers who in the 1960's broke the unwritten rule which forbid the teaching of the arts to pass on to non-Chinese individuals.
The pioneers of teaching non-Chinese are credited to two teachers...Wong Ark Yuey of the Fut-ga styles and Lew Kim Yuen of the Tao-ga styles who began to teach openly in Los Angeles, California USA.
LOHANS of Los Angeles California, USA...the first non-Chinese to be taught the Arts and Disciplines of Old China in North America.
Lew Kim Yuen, Tao-Ga Lineage Lu Tung Bin & Wong Ark Yuey, Fut-Ga Lineage Shaolin South
The first pioneers of teaching non-Chinese the Arts & Disciplines of Old China, Los Angeles, California, USA 1960's
Locations Served by the Lohans
Las Vegas, Nevada
Los Angels, California
San Diego, California
El Centro, California
Albuerquerque, New Mexico
Tijuana, Baja California
Mexicali, Baja California
Ensenada, Baja California
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
Ojo Caliente, Zacatecas
Mexico City, DF
Steve Baugh, Lohans Las Vegas Todd Takeuchi, Lohans San Diego Rafael Amarillas, Lohans Mexicali, Alex and Iban Lee, Lohans Calexico