Since Ordinary people could enter and leave the Shaolin Temple at will, and monks having completed their training would move to other temples, what was known as the Shao-lin Fist arts were widely spread over China. Differences in style depending on physical limitations, mental attitudes and strategy or tactics were wide spread.
Lau Gar Kuen is derived from a form of boxing practiced at Kuei Ling Temple situated in Kong Sai Province in west China. It was learned from a monk on retreat from that temple by the master "Three Eyed Lau", a tiger hunter, whom we honour as founder of our style.
The style subsequently became popular over a large part of South West China.
Towards the end of the 1800's Master Yau's Grandfather (Yau Luk Sau) conceived the desire to learn Kung Fu. At the age of 13 he left Kowloon and travelled to Kong Sai Province where he trained under the MasterTang Hoi Ching.
Nine years passed before he was given the right to teach independent of Master Tang. Master Yau's Grandfather subsequently met the Master Wan Goon Wing with whom he continued his studies for a further Six years, and whom he served as son until the latter's death.
On his return to Kowloon Master Yau Luk Sau taught only his family and close friends before opening his club to the public. During this time Master Yau commenced his training at the age of Six. His training continued 4 hours a night 360 nights a year for 15 years. Master Yau brought the style to Britian in 1961.