Tung Kong Lung Ying Kuen, or "East River Dragon Boxing," is a martial art style from the inland part of eastern Guangdong province, in southern China. Martial art trained monks, descending from the Shaolin Temple at Fukien province, brought their kung fu to the Tung Kong region of Guangdong province. It was there that they passed the teachings on to select individuals, who then taught the art amongst their family clans. The Chinese people residing there were originally of northern Chinese descent and were referred to by the southern Guangdong natives as Hakka, meaning "guest people."
The fighting arts of this style have been passed down since the late 1600s. They are combat oriented and based on close-range fighting, with emphasis on short, explosive power, and aggressive footwork. The techniques and forms of Tung Kong Lung Ying Kuen are non-theatrical, and designed specifically for fighting and defending oneself. Instruction includes a foundation consisting of learning the basics of stance training, footwork, handwork, waist movement, breath and power generation, as well as forms, two-person drills, self-defense and fighting applications, weapons, meditation (Shen Kung) and Dit Da (healing).