(reproduced from http://www.shaolin.org/general/lineage.html)
Wishing Sifu, Simu and all of my Shaolin Wahnam family and friends a great and courageous Year of the Tiger!
Many happy returns and blessings to all!
by Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit
The design of the logo is red in colour and the background yellow. These are the colours of our school. Red represents courage and righteousness, and yellow represents compassion and wisdom, manifesting the ideals of a scholar-warrior as well as the ideals of a warrior-monk.
The design of the trident and three-sectional soft-whip makes the letter W and N, indicating “Wah Nam”, named after Grandmaster Lai Chin Wah and Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam, the two sources from which our school developed.
The trident and soft-whip also represent “kong” (“gang” in Mandarine) and “yow” (“rou”), indicating both the “hard” and “soft” dimensions of our training.
The inner and the outer circles represent both the internal and external approaches of our cultivation, and also signify that we pay importance to both our mind as well as our body. The inner circle reminds us of the importance of internal unity, and the outer circle our universality, i.e. we spread our arts to deserving people irrespective of their race, culture and religion.
In addition,, note that “Shaolin” is a Mandarin translation, whereas “Wahnam” is Cantonese. “Shaolin” was chosen over “Siu Lam” (which is in Cantonese) because it is universally known, whereas “Wahnam” was chosen over “Huanan” (in Mandarin) because the names of our grandmasters, “Lai Chin Wah” and “Ho Fatt Nam” are generally known in Cantonese.
This shows we can be both idealistic and practical at the same time — the non-dualistic characteristic of Zen. We are idealistic in our aspiration, but practical in our application. It also reflects that while our origin (Shaolin) was from the northern Shaolin Temple, our development (Wahnam) was from the Shaolin Temple in the south.
Sifu Joan Browne of Shaolin Wahnam Ireland also points out that the number three, as suggested by the trident and the three sectional whip, is important. It reminds us of the three treasures of Shaolin, namely chi kung, kungfu and Zen, and that our training involves all the three dimensions of form, energy and mind.
It’s so interesting and humbling that I was able to meet so many great people while in Shaolin Wahnam. I just want to take this opportunity to extend my hand in gratitude and give a Shaolin salute to all my brothers and sisters who have helped me along the way on my personal life journey. A special thanks to Sifu for making me realize that I have still so much to offer, and his great patience, understanding and faith in all of his students.
One of the greatest, yet simplest Kung Fu I’ve learned is to smile from the heart. Whenever I am faced with challenges and difficulties I just smile from the heart.
“Early every morning go to the open, or to an open window if the weather outside is unfavorable, and smile from the heart. Just do this. Just smile from the heart. Simple. And profound.” – My Sifu, Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit
Indeed, it is such a joy to be alive!