In Fujian, noted for its great contributions to the development and preservation of traditional Gong Fu, fighters like Master Chee – still in his late teens – were eagerly sought out to train others and to lead the defence against the invaders. In these circumstances Master Chee rapidly rose to prominence as a hand to hand combat instructor: a situation that lead to many challenges from others.
Master Chee in after years related how severe were some of the impositions of live-saving vigilance for him as a Gong Fu fighter of renown. It should be pointed out that should an opponent successfully surprise and defeat such a figure, he would gain a great reputation for himself. Master Chee, therefore had to develop, figuratively speaking, the habit of sleeping with one eye open.