Lau Gar Kung Fu is a traditional Southern Chinese self-defence system, based on the defensive movements of several animals,
as originally taught to the monks of the Shaolin Temples.
The five original Southern Chinese styles of Kung Fu were named after the families of their founders and in the case of
Lau Gar (some times pronounced Liu Jia, depending on the dialect being used) the master acknowledged as founder of the style
was a stick fighter and tiger hunter called Lau Sarm Ngau (or Liu San Yan). The name means "Three-eyed Lau", for Master Lau
had a deep scar in the centre of his forehead, which looked from a distance like a third eye.
Master Lau learned the fighting
arts at the Kuei Ling Temple, which was also the birthplace of the Hung family style. The origins of the style can, therefore,
be considered to be closely linked with those of Hung Gar.
The forms, or sets, of Lau Gar are based on the five original animal styles of Shaolin Kung Fu, often referred to as the
'five ancestors'; the tiger, crane, dragon, snake and leopard; with a strong emphasis on tiger forms, for strength and external
power, and crane forms, for balance and agility.