The oral martial tradition places the origins of Pak Mei Kung Fu within the period of the Qing Dynasty (清朝; 1644-1911 CE). Referring to the individuals and events found in the work Maan Nin Ching (萬年青) - Everlasting Green or 10,000 Years Green, rebels and revolutionaries found inspiration in the form of The Shaolin Five Elders (五梅; Ng Jou): Ng Mui (五梅) - a Buddhist nun, Pak Mei (白眉) - a Taoist, Fung Dou Dak (馮道德) - a Taoist, Ji Sin (至善) - a Buddhist monk, and Miu Hin (苗顯) - a Buddhist layman. Subsequently, many streams of Southern Chinese martial arts have traced their lineages to the legends of these respective Five Elders.

Within the genealogy of Pak Mei Kung Fu (白眉武術) - White Brow martial arts, three predecessors presumably preserved the style prior to modern-day founder Cheung Lai Chuen:

Within the East River region known as Dunggong (東江) in Guangdong Province, China, Pak Mei Kung Fu was formally devised and organized by great master Cheung Lai Chuen at the turn of the 20th Century.