Taking White Crane to the World ~ Master Lin Yuan Dun & Shifu Ron Goninan By Shifu Ron Goninan
Living at White Horse Road, New Village in Fuzhou China the home of White Crane is Sifu Lin Yuan Dun.
The diminutive Sifu Lin over 60 years old, but don’t let his age fool you, his Gongfu is magnificent.
Master Lin Yuan Dun heads the Club of Crane style Zhenlan Boxing Fuzhou China & the Boxing Club of Zhenlan Association of Martial Arts, Fuzhou China.
He is a worker at the Development Investment Management Center in the Tai Jiang District; He is also in the eyes of the Fuzhou community and all the friends, a highly regarded Martial Artist.
When one approaches Sifu Lin’s Zhenlan Studio, on the four walls, there are many trophies and photos showing his teachings associated with the finest martial artists of China.
With the strong influence of his father, Sifu Lin developed a great interest within the native Chinese Martial Arts. As luck would have it, his neighbour was none other than Lin Zhenlan, an exceptional Martial Artist and exponent of the Fuzhou Minghequan or Calling Crane Fist style. Convinced that he had to learn Gongfu, the young Lin Yuan Dun at eighteen years of age convinced the venerable Lin Zhenlan to allow his disciples 林建华 Lin Jianhua and 郑惠生 Zheng Huisheng to teach him Gongfu. This wish was granted and so began Master Lin Yuan Dun’s Martial journey!
Sifu Lin remembered, at the time he went to school during the day and learned White Crane and other forms of Gongfu in the evening. He walked 40 minutes every day to learn.
He was young and eager to learn all he could about this most graceful yet deadly of Chinese Martial Arts!
Training could sometimes be treacherous as there was no light at night, suppers were very simple. The budding young Master was forced to practice on a section of flat rock. Master Lin Yuan Dun would often spar in these classes and was initially defeated for some time. However, applying the Martial principles of spirit and perseverance, Master Lin went on to gain the respect of his fellow classmates and his Master, Lin Zhenlan.
Through this never-ending dedication, training and seeking to understand the heart of the art Sifu Lin became the last disciple of the Lin Zhenlan.
In 1979, Sifu Lin opened his own martial art studio and is now the Chairman of the fourth generation of the Zhenlan White Crane Tradition and Masters Club. In the past 40 years, he had taught 3000 disciples and won a total of 38 gold medals.
Master Lin Yuan Dun was an associate/student of the late Great Master Ruan Dong of the Minghequan (Calling Crane) tradition.
He is considered the “Closed-Door Disciple” of his Fist Master.
In his own words Master Lin describes his passion and experience learning White Crane Gongfu: “For a long time, in my work and life, I spent most of my life with martial art as my job. Its special oriental culture attracts me to persevere unremittingly and train hard in my busy work and spare time. It has extensive social value that is Martial Arts Science, containing Chinese Philosophy, Literature, Medical Science, Aesthetics, Moral Science, Qigong Science, and Physical Fitness, and Life-Protection. I worship the White Crane Founder Fang Qiniang’s Style of Yongchun Baihequan Fist My learning experience is destined to the will of heaven and my gene from my grandfather who also learned martial arts. Since 1973 I firstly have learned Yongchun Fist (Minghe Fist) from Zhenlan sect. I was the latest learner in all fellows and can be called the closed-door disciple of my fist master. I place importance on “SanZhan (3 Battles) and Eight Step (Babu)” fist patterns of Crane Fist and learn what is fist basic and how to deep breathe and transport Qi. I have a deep understanding of fist depth. As a proverb in traditional martial arts tell me that if you want to master fist you should find its quintessence form fist patterns “SanZhan” (3 Battles) which can strengthen a martial artist’s internal and external physical quality. With daily hard study, I am strong enough to compete with my fellows and even exceed them in pattern characteristics. So I was highly praised and encouraged by my Master and fellows because of my solid fist foundation and my innovation in Yongchun Crane Fist. I led my brothers and fellow students to participate in the martial arts tournament and win ove r 38 golden medals. I want to extend my sincere gratitude for my first teacher and Window- Master, and I am very grateful to my same door predecessors and brothers for the recognition and support of my work and also to go on to elect me as the club head of Zhenlan Fist. Hereupon, I like to convey my heartfelt thanks to relevant senior leaders and all masters of sects in martial arts field for their support and recognition” Assisting Master Lin in his aim to see White Crane take flight to the world is his only Western student and ranked Zhenlan Shifu, Ron Goninan. Ron is one of those few teachers of the Chinese Martial Arts who can explain the principles and techniques from Chinese and Western viewpoints. Shifu Goninan’s knowledge is not only held in the concepts and principles, his command of the White Crane Gongfu techniques is most impressive and deep (and painful!). The rare blending of mastery of the techniques, technical expertise, concepts, Western physiology and Chinese ways results in Shifu Ron Goninan as a superior teacher of the “Way”.
Ron is the Founder of the International White Crane Gongfu Association (IWCA) and began his Martial Arts while in primary school in the early seventies. Ron’s own personal journey has involved studying many types of Martial Arts from across the world finally resting upon White Crane Gongfu of the Zhenlan tradition.
Ron currently teaches the White Crane Art, Qigong, Qinna, Iron Palm and Dim Mak. These are his current areas of training and development via the International White Crane Gongfu Association and the China Fuzhou Zhenlan Crane Boxing Tao Australia as taught by Shifu Ron Goninan with the full recognition, backing, support and guidance of Master Lin Yuan Dun.
Anyone interested in the Zhenlan White Crane Gongfu way can contact Shifu Ron Goninan via the Zhenlan Web Site at www.whitecranegongfu.info.
Ron will be running a special Open Workshop in Sydney on Saturday, June 28 at the Tao Gung Fu Academy Phone 0488 568 818 for further information