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Master Gini Lau proudly carries on the tradition of her famous father GrandMaster Lau Fat Mang as head of the Lau Fat Mang World Eagle Claw Kung Fu Association. Much like her father, Master Lau has carved out her own unique history and legacy in the Martial Arts world.
Master Lau began studying Eagle Claw – Ying Jow Fan Tzu from her father at the tender age of four. There are those who may doubt how substantial training can be at the age of four, but one only needs to look to the Chinese Gymnastic team of the 2008 Olympics to determine if training at this early age can make a difference. GrandMaster Lau Fat Mang would train his daughter Gini in very strict fashion in the late evening and early mornings – having her do all of the movements and forms of the Eagle Claw system under his watchful eye. This training would continue for some eight years until his untimely death in 1964.
At that time, based on a prior agreement with her father Gini was accepted as a student in the Peking Opera Academy which was run by Master Yu Jim-Yuen. This was the famous Opera Academy where stars such as Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung (Enter the Dragon, CBS’ Martial Law) and Yeun Bio (Shanghai Noon, Enter the Dragon), Yuen Woo Ping (Kill Bill 1 &2, Fearless, The Matrix) and Corey Yuen (War, Transporter 1 & 2, Lethal Weapon 4) were trained and grew up. The training here was probably more ruthless and severe than anything Gini had been through with her father. Tales of just how brutal the training was is depicted in the movie “Painted Faces” with Sammo Hung playing the lead role of the head instructor and also in Jackie Chan’s autobiography – “I am Jackie Chan”. Master Lau would remain in the Academy until 1973 and remains close friends with all of her opera classmates to this day. When the Opera was making a tour of the United States in 1973, Master Lau decided she had been through enough and was ready to strike out on her own when the company was touring San Francisco.
Upon arrival in the United States, Master Lau had no job and could not speak English. She taught herself English and soon began to teach Eagle Claw at various local studios. Within a couple of years she was making a name for herself in the San Francisco Bay area martial arts’ tournament scene by regularly winning Black Belt competitions against all male competitors.
During this time (1976) – she won Ed Parker’s Long Beach International Karate tournament against the number 1 rated tournament competitors in the country. Years earlier, this was the same tournament that Bruce Lee was first noticed at.
With her unique blend of striking looks, traditional Eagle Claw training and years of training at the Peking Opera Academy, it wasn’t long before Master Lau was spotted and asked to do some movie work. From 1978 to 1981 Master Lau worked in the movies and did stunt double work in movies such as: “Killer Elite, The Falcon Claw, Weapon of Death and the Last Adventure”. She also appeared in a Los Angeles KNBC production entitled, “The Secrets of Martial Arts”.
From the mid 1970’s until today, Master Lau has been featured on the cover of Inside Kung Fu Magazine four times. Currently Master Lau resides in San Ramon, California where she teaches some group and private classes. Master Lau travels regularly to Hong Kong, China, the United Kingdom and other parts of the United States to continue to promote, teach, and spread the art of Eagle Claw Kung Fu. Just this year (2008), Master Lau spent nearly a month in China renewing old martial arts acquaintances and also demonstrating in China in a performance to aid in the Earthquake victims there.
Master Lau has Sifus sanctioned under her in schools in California, Louisiana, and the United Kingdom. Master Lau is married to Sifu William Lam a Master in Choy Lay Fut, and Yang Style Tai Chi, who is a member of the Alameda, California County Sherriff’s office. Master Lau’s mother – our Sitai, resides with her in San Ramon along with her daughter Yini and son Curtis.