Sim Pooh Ho has been learning wushu since the age of 6. His first master was the Shaolin monk Long Ying Shang Ren.
Since the 60s, Grandmaster Sim has been professionally teaching Health and Self-Defence. In 1964, on the eve of Singapore's independence, he founded Nam Wah Pai, specializing in Shaolin wushu.
In 1978, the Singapore Martial Arts Instructors Association (SMAIA) was formed and Grandmaster Sim was elected its President. He held that elected position for a decade. The SMAIA brought together instructors and masters from the wide range of Martial Arts disciplines in Singapore -- Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Indonesian and Western.
Always seeking to improve himself, Grandmaster Sim then sought further training in Beijing, under the renowned Taiji master Wu Tu Nan. This was in the days when China was still reluctant to allow foreigners into the country. Sim Pooh Ho was accepted by Wu Tu Nan to be one of his inner-chamber disciples in 1978.
Wu Tu Nan had only three complete lineage-holder disciples(*), and Sim Pooh Ho was one of them. With hard work and guidance, Grandmaster Sim managed to transcend his 'hard' martial arts training of the previous years and switch to the 'soft' but more powerful skills of Taijigong Health and Self-Defence.
In 1986, martial arts leaders and representives of Karate, Judo, Silat, Indian Martial Arts and Tae Kwon Do jointly awarded the Gold Belt 10th Dan to Grandmaster Sim Pooh Ho, for his mastery and contributions to the world of Martial Arts.
In that same year, the President of Singapore, the late Mr Wee Kim Wee, awarded Grandmaster Sim the Public Service Medal PBM (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat), for his contributions to Martial Arts in Singapore.
These accolades aside, one of Grandmaster Sim Pooh Ho's most valuable contributions to Taiji practice is the creation of a systematic and progressive training program.
Due to various social and cultural conditions of the past, coupled with the difficulties of this art, there was no system of formal training in which students could chart their progress to reach a recognizable level proficiency. Probably, only students with lots of talent and with loads of time could attain master level expertise in Taiji.
Recognizing this, Sim Pooh Ho drew from his experience of teaching Chinese wushu, as well as from the methodical teachings of Wu Tu Nan, to craft a step-by-step approach that allowed regular, busy people to learn and progress without having to dilute the content of the instruction.
Grandmaster Sim then traveled and taught Taiji to students in various countries including Chile, Argentina and Taiwan, establishing Nam Wah Pai branches and associations in these countries.
In October 2005, Grandmaster Sim Pooh Ho re-organized the Nam Wah Pai (Singapore) which he originally founded in 1964.
Together with a group of disciples who had the desire to practice the undiluted legacy of Taijigong, Grandmaster Sim Pooh Ho re-established Nam Wah Pai (Singapore) as the World Nam Wah Taijigong Association. The aim of this organization is to promote the true art of Wu Tu Nan Taijigong in a non-profit setting, in order to benefit students of the art of Taijigong and society as a whole.
Grandmaster Sim Pooh Ho is a dedicated practitioner and teacher of Taijigong. He is one of the few who has mastered the Lin Kong Jing
() skill in Taijigong training. This is the art of countering an opponent's force without physically touching him.
In 2001 / 2002, Grandmaster Sim moved to Kunming, Southwestern China, where he is currently based, and continues to pursue the highest levels of Taijigong. He continues to oversee the progress of his Taijigong disciples from the Nam Wah Pai establishments in Chile, Argentina, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia and the Association in Singapore.
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(*) Ma You Ching, Sim Pooh Ho and Li Lian. Officially Li Lian's master is Ma You Ching, and indeed on Wu Tu Nan's tombstone Li Lian is listed as grand-disciple. However Li Lian had a lot of direct teaching from Wu Tu Nan, and was, in effect, also a direct disciple.     [ BACK TO TOP ]