Lin Kuei?

Discussion in 'Ninjutsu' started by MerKaBa, Dec 10, 2004.

  1. MerKaBa

    MerKaBa Valued Member

    After reading that thread on the Korean Sulsa I became interested and did a bit more research and came across a name of another ninja-type clan known as the Lin Kuei.

    Now I think we all know this name from playing video games such as Mortal Kombat (I mean who doesn't love Sub-Zero?), but I had no idea that there was any truth behind that story I simply assumed it was made up by game creators. The fact that Lin Kuei and Sulsa were used in the same sentence made me think that the Sulsa was complete fantasy also, but then I realized that I would be ignorant to think that without doing proper research first. So I tried doing some more research on the Lin Kuei earlier today, but it's impossible to tell if anything I'm reading is true, or if it was a story made up by some arcade geek. Anyway, now I'm curious if there is any truth behind the story of the ninja clan that supposedly based itself in China so long ago... though I doubt there is, but I thought I'd post a thread to discuss it anyway ;)
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2004
  2. MerKaBa

    MerKaBa Valued Member

    Okay, after talking to a few people I found out that they were a real clan, but I still didn't get that much specific info on them. If anyone can give me a link to a site with info on the REAL Lin Kuei that would be great ;)
  3. d33pthought

    d33pthought New Member

  4. Hannibal

    Hannibal Cry HAVOC and let slip the Dogs of War!!! Supporter

    If memory serves (and it doesn't always) then Leung Ting wrote a book some years back called "Skills of the Vagabonds" which was about the Lin Kuei.

    If memory continues to serve it was crap....
  5. Brad Ellin

    Brad Ellin Baba

    If memory serves, "Leung Ting" was another name used by "Ashida Kim" and is Haha Lung..
  6. MerKaBa

    MerKaBa Valued Member

    He he, good ol' Ashida Kim with his delusions of grandeur :) I'm tempted to read one of his books, but I refuse to pay.
  7. JibranK

    JibranK Valued Member

    He has one on his website; it is hilarious.
  8. Abraxas

    Abraxas New Member

    I might be wrong but I thought the Leung Ting that wrote that book was the same Leung Ting of wing tsun fame.

    Are you thinking of "Li Hsing", a supposed lin kuei master who wrote two books on the subject, both of which consisted entirely of very Kimesque donkey poo! :D

    I've never come across any reliable sources on the lin kuei, which makes me think that, like the sulsa, they are another fantasy created purely for marketing purposes.

    SATOKAN Valued Member

    The lin kuei were the 'gypsies' of China. There was a strong connection to the occult (talismans, alchemistry, etc.) which explains the 'mystery' surrounding them. They made a living as would a travelling circus, yet practiced a severe system of martial arts (kung-fu), known today as the vagabond's style. There were two main groups, the most popular known as the red amulet sect; I dont recall the name of the other one. There is a slight link between them and the ninja although, at this time, there is no documented evidence, but then again, not all that has occured in the martial arts has been documented, regardless of popular opinion. I hope this was a little helpful.
  10. George Kohler

    George Kohler Valued Member

    Leung Ting is actually a real person. He teaches Wing Tsun (AKA Wing Chun) and studied under Yip Man along with William Cheng and Bruce Lee.

  11. Brad Ellin

    Brad Ellin Baba

    See, memory doesn't serve. That's what happens as you get older kids.

    That and bad ukemi when you're younger! :)
  12. Peaceful Tiger

    Peaceful Tiger Happy Member

    Haha, I'm sure someone here will be happy to lend you one. Apparently they are even available in some libraries :D
  13. JibranK

    JibranK Valued Member

    He has one on his site for free download.
  14. Abraxas

    Abraxas New Member

    And it's worth every penny! :D
  15. Obake

    Obake Valued Member

    Why was it crap, Hannibal? Was it because the book is poorly written? Was it a boring story? Or was it madeup? What does Wing Chun have to do with the Lin Kuei?
  16. Obake

    Obake Valued Member

  17. Obake

    Obake Valued Member

    Has any new information popped up about the lin kuei since 2004?
  18. The Iron Fist

    The Iron Fist Banned Banned

    Brother where is the old information again? You keep asking about works that don't really exist, except for things you can get from mailing in ads from magazines. "Skills of the Vagabonds" is not a real work chronicling anything in the historical sense. It is a fantasy my man ;)
  19. Obake

    Obake Valued Member

    I was actually referencing the information that Sadokan provided in 2004.

    And who is Grandmaster Cheng Kai Ming of the Vagabond Style Kung Fu, is he fictional too?
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  20. The Iron Fist

    The Iron Fist Banned Banned

    That's what I meant by information that's not information brother, he just made a claim they aren't the same thing. In the same vein brother what information do you have there was ever a "Cheng Kai Ming of the Vagabond Style"? That's the best way to answer for yourself if he's 'fictional' or not. :D

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