Gin Foon Mark was born in 1927 in Toi San, China, a small village near Canton (Guandong). At the age of five, he began his studies in the art of Kung Fu, under the supervision of his Uncle, Kong Boon Fu, who was a 4th Generation Master of White Crane Kung Fu. His great grandfather, who was also a Master, tutored him in their family style known as Mok Gar Kung Fu.
At the age of nine he was admitted to the Sil Lum temple at Chun San and studied with the monk, Moot Ki Fut Sai. During his stay in the Sil Lum temple, Master Mark learned the five animal style taught within the temple as well as the many external and internal Qigong exercises. He also learned acupuncture techniques for healing.
In 1947 the Chinese Associations of New York asked Master Mark to come to the United States to teach Kung Fu to the Chinese community. In 1956, at the age of 29, Gin Foon Mark began his studies with umWing Fay, the Fourth Generation Master of the Southern Praying Mantis System. For the next 13 years he studied with Master Lum. In 1969, Master Lum closed his hands (retired) and appointed Master Mark to take over as the Fifth Generation Master of this system.
Master Mark opened Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu schools in New York and Philadelphia. IN 1970, he moved to Minnesota and opened a school in Minneapolis. Master Mark is now living in St. Paul, Minnesota and teaches on a daily basis.
In 1979, Master Mark went back to China and while there he studied Six Healing Sounds Qigong under a teacher known as the “Old Person” in Beijing. After returning to the U.S. and studying Qigong on his own for six more years. He began to teach the Six Healing Sounds to studies in his Kung Fu School.
Master Mark is also an accomplished Chinese ink-brush artist and calligrapher.
Master Mark is now writing a book on the Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu system.