Sorry to hear of the loss of a great martial artist who had such an impact on many of our affiliated schools and students.
Grand Master Qing Fu Pan, a martial arts mentor and actor, passed away at his Kitchener home on Thursday.
Pan was recognized as a kung fu master around the world.
He also appeared in several movies and documentaries, including The Shaolin Temple (1982) with Jet Li.
A visitation will be held at the Henry Walser Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 4th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted at Grace Lutheran Church on Margaret Avenue.
Pan Qingfu (潘清福), also known as Grandmaster Pan, is a Chinese martial artist.
Currently living in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Grandmaster Pan’s awards include a Hall of Fame award from the United International Kung Fu Federation, a Hall of Fame Award from the World Christian Martial Arts Federation, the International Legend Hall of Fame award from the USA Wushu Kung Fu Federation and a Hall of Fame Award from Black Belt magazine. He is the Honorary President of the United Wushu Federation of Canada. In 2002, he was honored with a special ceremony where he became the only person ever conferred with a Level 10 degree, from the Confederation of Canadian Wushu Organizations, an organization that only has 9 levels. Grandmaster Pan won the Chinese national Kung-Fu championships multiple times, and served as a coach at the Shenyang Physical Education Institute. In the mid-1960s, Pan was recruited by the Chinese government to capture Triad leaders, eventually capturing 23, and earning the name “Gangbuster”. He has also worked as an instructor for the Beijing Police and the Chinese Special Forces.
He has appeared in several films, including Shaolin Temple (1982, Jet Li’s first starring film), and a role as himself in Iron & Silk (1990) and Talons of the Eagle(1992).
Grand Master Pan died 29 June 2017 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.