When Mao Tse Dung took power from Chiang Kai-shek in the aftermath of the Chinese Civil War (1927-1950), the Chinese Communist Party outlawed the teaching and practice of martial arts because schools produced trained fighters who remained loyal only to their own teachers and traditions and many still supported groups which openly challenged the newly established government. During this tumultuous time many Chinese immigrated to Korea.
Master Lee De Jiang (李德江) (이덕강) (sometimes Romanized Lee Duk-Gang) was born in 1931 in the city of Yantai (煙台), Shandong province, China. At the age of 11, he began training in Long Fist boxing under Master Lee Yong De (李永得), who had been a bodyguard for the famous Chinese general Zuo Baogui (左寶貴) during the first Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895).
Near the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, he relocated to Korea and eventually settled in Seoul where he studied under the well-known Praying Mantis (螳螂拳) style boxing master Lin Pin Zhang (林品障), who had been a student of both Ji Chung Ting (紀春亭) and Sun Yuan Chang (孫元昌).
In 1960, Master Lee De Jiang began teaching Chinese immigrants at the Chinese embassy there, and in 1963 he opened his own school and began teaching non-Chinese as well.
Now in his late 70s, he still teaches in Seoul as the head of the Overseas Chinese Wushu Association of Korea. Throughout the years, he has trained and promoted many to instructor level. Some of these instructors began teaching in and around Seoul, which helped the style flourish. One of these instructors was Master Hwang H. C.
During the 1970s, Hwang taught Long Fist boxing to American soldiers near Ui Jong Bu, Korea. Master Hwang was also proficient in Judo and was often called "Judo Man" by his peers.
While stationed at United States ARMY Camp Redcloud in 1975, David G. Scott began training with Hwang twice daily, seven days a week. After his tour of duty in Korea ended, Master Scott briefly taught the style at the University of Maryland in Munich. Eventually, he returned to the United States and opened his own school in Lawton/Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.
Sifu Scott continues his wushu and kung fu training under Master Jianhua Guo in Chicago. Master Guo is a trained professional Wushu Master from the Wuhan Institute of Physical Educational, China. He studied under the well known Grandmaster Jinmin Wen, Grandmaster Yuhua Liu, Master Bailong Jiang, Master Guangwen Gao, and Master Shanshan Wu.
Master Guo was a member of the Hubei Professional Wushu Team and the Wuhan Institute of Physical Education Team. Later, he became the head coach of the teams. His expert teaching produced many national individual and team championships in China.
Sifu David G. Scott is recognized as an 8th Black Sash by the The Martial Arts Masters World Federation, the World Black Belt Bureau, and the United States Martial Arts Association, where he is on the International Board of Martial Arts Masters. Sifu Scott is also a member of the Kyoshu Federation and the United States of American Wushu Kung Fu Federation. He is currently an adjunct professor at Cameron University, where he teaches Introduction to Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi.