Grandmaster Chen Zheng Lei (Zhenglei) was born in May 1949 at the birth place of Taiji - Chenjiagou Village, Wenxian County, Henan Province, China. He is the 19th generation inheritor of the Chen family and 11th generation direct-line successor of Chen Style Taijiquan. He has held the position of Head Instructor and Principal of Chen Village Taijiquan School, Head Instructor of Wen County Taijiquan Promotion and Development Centre and Vice Director of Henan Province Martial Arts Administration.
He has been officially recognized as one of the Top Ten Foremost Martial Artists by the Chinese State Government and has been awarded the honor of National Martial Arts Senior Instructor holding of 9th Duan Wei of Chinese Wushu (Martial Arts) Grading System. He is also a Committee Member of China Physical Culture & Science Institute.
Advisor on Lau Gar Hung Kuen, practical application for combat, stunt and movie work.
Trainer to the Lau Gar Ban stunt team.
Actor, stunt man and stunt co-ordinator.
Mark Houghton Born on March 8th 1962 in Nuneaton UK. His Chinese name is Ho Mak and he has been studying martial Arts since he was 14 years old. He lived in Malaysia in his early teens being adopted by a Chinese family so he could stay in the country with them, His Adopted fathers name was Wong Chin Tong of Hainanese descent.While there he started learning White Crane Kung Fu but later after watching one of Lau Kar Leung’s film changed to Hung Gar first learning Hung Gar under Ho Kam Wai Sifu in Johor Bahru. In his early twenties he moved back to the UK and opened his first Kung Fu School. At the age of 27 he moved to HK to train under his hero the Famous Hung Gar kung fu master Lau Kar Leung, he also followed his masters path into the HK movie scene becoming one of the best western Bad guy’s in HK cinema. He has been on screen in over 60 movies. Working from actor, stuntman and stunt fight co ordinator. At the same time of working in the film industry he also worked on and off has a bodygaurd where on one job received over 400 stitches from knife and pahrang wounds In 2005 at the age of 43 he opened his kung fu school in Fanling under the blessing of his master Lau Kar Leung.
Mark retired from films in 2000 due to injuries from stunts and went on to teaching Kung fu. Our Kung Fu school first opened in summer 2005 in Fanling. Our school name was given to us by Grandmaster Lau Kar Leung, it is his wish that his style of Hung Kuen is to be passed on to others by his student Ho Mak ( Mark Houghton ) The school stayed open until 2012 where due to his injuries from stunts found it difficult to teach,Mark closed the school and stopped teaching. March 8th 2013 on his birthday he had lunch with his Sifu, his Sifu told him his health was not good and that he wanted Mark to keep spreading the Lau family Hung Gar and movie fighting and asked Mark to start teaching again and to go back to working in film. Mark promised he would keep the Lau family name going and to spread it to future generation’s . 3 months later 25th June his Sifu Lau kar leung passed away. Mark has kept his promise and is teaching again with schools in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, UK, France, Austria. He has also finished production on Hands Of Lau a documentary about the new Lau family stunt team and HK fight action, and has a few other projects lined up. (click here for more information )
Master Huang Jun is the president of the Zhangjiajie Martial Arts Association. He is also president of the Hunan Martial Arts Association and an expert in the cultural heritage of Hunan which is the Tu Jia system of Kung Fu including Hard Qigong.
Master Chen Ziming is a 16th Generation Inheritor of Wudang Kung Fu. Master Chen is the founder of the Zhangjiajie Wudang Martial Arts School and features on Chinese television regularly.
He also travels the world to teach Wudang Kung Fu and with Five Thunder together we aim to promote this amazing art around the world.
Areas of specialisms are Tai Chi, Ba Gua and Xingyi as well as Qigong.
Master Liming Yue originally began the study of Shaolin martial arts as a child in China in 1972. Eleven years later, amazed by the skills of a young student from the famous village of Chenjiagou he began his journey to understand the internal arts by studying orthodox Chen Style Tai Chi under the 11th Generation Chen Masters in the village. Master Liming Yue has been accepted as a Disciple of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei in 1998 and achieved 7th Duan Wei Master officially awarded by China National Wushu Association in 2004. He holds the Head Judge on Chen Style Tai Chi and Honorary Vice-Chairman of Tai Chi Union for Great Britain. He has also been awarded a title of the 'World Tai Chi Promotion Ambassador' by Chenjiagou Tai Chi village and local government authority in China in 2009, due to his great contribution and achievement to Chen Style Tai Chi.
Taoist Yuan Limin, born in Jingzhou City. Influenced by the customs of studying martial art at his hometown, he began to study folk traditional martial art when he was very young. For he was working very hard, the teacher loved him so much that taught him as much as possible. At the age of eleven, enlightened by his teacher, he came to Wudang Mountain to study Wudang martial art. There are many strict rules and regulations in Taoism, and Wudang martial art is just spread among Taoists only; but he was perseverant and modest to ask for advice, after many years testing and with his own good base, he finally learnt real Wudang martial art. Living in Wudang Mountain and influenced by Taoist culture, he got great interested in Wudang traditional culture. Knowing that there is a tight relationship between Wudang martial art and traditional culture, he made up his mind to work hard at culture, ask for advice from these profound Taoists, so as to make a big progress both in moral cultivation and skills application.
He loves very much Wudang culture and Wudang martial art, taking it as his own duty to spread Wudang martial art. The following are these competitions that he have taken part in: In 2001, he was awarded Swordplay Champion in Wudang Boxing International Friendship Competition. In 2001, he composed a play of martial art to take part in Wudang Mountain International Tourism Festival, having made great success. In 2002, he composed and performed the main programs to celebrate the third anniversary of Macao Returning, giving Macao people the chance of enjoying Wudang martial art in their own eyes. In 2002, he took part in Wudang, Shaolin, and Emei Masters competition held in Emei Mountain, on behalf of Wudang Mountain. In the spring festival of 2002, he led a team to take part in Wudang, Shaolin, and Emei Masters competition held in ShenZhen City, on behalf of Wudang Mountain. In April of 2003, he was invited to give a performance of Wudang martial art in Taiwan Province, which became the topic of the province. He has also, as a Wudang inheritor, given many performances of Wudang martial art to leaders of central government, leaders of foreign countries and friends home and abroad.
Steven Burton has been studying and promoting Chinese Martial Arts around the world for over 30 years. During his time training he has met and studied with some of the highest ranking masters in the world.
Steven Burton is holds Duan Wei Grades issued by the Chinese Wu Shu Association having qualified in China following rigourous testing.
Steven has training extensively in China and Hong Kong and is a disciple student of Lau Gar Hung Kuen under the tutelage of Master Mark Houghton.
Steven is senior closed door student in Chen Style Tai Chi under Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei.
Steven is the 1st Non Chinese Inheritor of the Taoist Internal system called Shen Wu Lin Chuan and the Five Thunder Dim Mak under Grandmaster Li Zhiyi. He has also studied with such auspicious masters as Grandmaster Kong Jie Gou, Shi De Jun (31st Generation Shaolin Monk) and many other great masters. Steven has featured on Chinese television demonstrating his martial skill and has produced over 50 instructional DVD's on Chinese Martial Arts which have sold throughout the world.
Teaching serving law enforcement, military personnel and close protection operatives around the world has given Steven the experience to bridge the gap between ancient and modern application of martial skills. Steven has also worked in the world of law enforcement for many years and so you know that he teaches from practical, hands on experience.
Steven is committed and dedicated to promoting Chinese Martial Arts and the Five Thunder ethos helping martial artists around the world join together in the furtherance of Chinese Martial Arts for future generations.
Grandmaster Li is the highest ranking Master in the world of the Taoist Shen Wu Lin Chuan Arts covering the martial, medical and spiritual aspects of training. Having trained from a young age, Grandmaster Li has achieved the highest level of skill and now passes on his knowledge to a select group of people to keep the art alive. The Grandmaster wishes the world to benefit from the teachings passed down from the Ancestral Masters.
Zhang Hao "Anna" has worked with Five Thunder for 5 years coordinating all events in China, during this time she has assisted in the direction and filming of our instruction dvd's, and also assists in our bi-annual China training trip as interpreter and guide.
Zhang Hao continues to help develop Five Thunder and all international relations with China building strong connections worldwide.
Zhang Hao is involved with sourcing resources for the Five Thunder members in China and using her extensive skills she tirelessly works on translating ancient Martial Arts manuscripts so that future generations can train and benefit from the teachings passed down from ancestral masters of the Five Thunder.