Gee Sin Sim See

A legendary figure of Chinese Martial Arts (Kung Fu) and history, Gee Sin Sim See is said to have been a Siu Lum (Shaolin) monk who lived during the 17th century when China was under the rule of the Ching (Manchurian) government. There isnt really much historical information available Gee Sin Sim See and his legendary exploits. To a certain extent some even argue his very existence and his connection with the Southern monastery (Nam Siu Lum Ji).

According to the Siu Lum (Shaolin) legends, Gee Sin Sim See was a Buddhist monk at the Northern Siu Lum (Shaolin) temple of Honan province. He lived during a time of oppression, civil unrest and rebel activities against the Ching- Manchurian government. The Manchurian invasion of China (1644) ended the golden era of Ming dynasty and established the Ching Dynasty. The Manchurians brutal control of China and cruel treatment of the Chinese people (Hans) lead to violent Chinese popular resistance, rebel activities and formation of many underground /secret organizations who wanted to overthrow the Manchurian government and reinstate the prosperous Ming Dynasty. It is said that Siu Lum (Shaolin) temple accommodated some of these rebels and even took part in some rebel activities against the Ching rule. In time, the Manchurians became concerned by Siu Lum (Shaolin) monastery dealings with the rebels and felt threatened by its activities. Eventually, the Ching troops attacked the Siu Lum (Shaolin) monastery, killed most of the monks and destroyed the temple.

Legend has it that Gee Sin and some others managed to escape the destruction of the temple. It is also said that he was one of the legendary Five Elders of Siu Lum (Shaolin) monastery. Gee Sin traveled to southern China and took refuge in a temple at the Fukien province. This temple was known as or became known as the famous Southern Siu Lum (Shaolin) monastery. It is believed that Gee Sin became the head monk - abbot of the Southern Siu Lum (Shaolin) monastery and continued teaching the art of Siu Lum (Shaolin) gung fu openly as well as continuing to support the anti-Ching movement. Gee Sin trained many students at the southern temple.

Gee Sin's time in the southern temple ended with the attack of the Manchurian army and complete destruction of the southern Siu Lum (Shaolin) monastery. Once again, Gee Sin Sim See managed to survive the attack and escaped with many others. According to the legends, Gee Sin Sim See traveled through southern China and finally ended up at what has now become known as the famous Red Boat Opera Troupe (Hung Syuhn Hei Baan). It is said that Gee Sin Sim See stayed with the Red Boat Opera Troupe, teaching gung fu and carrying on with his support for the anti-Ching movement.

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