Is Kung Fu Rub the new Dit Da Jow?


What is Kung Fu Rub?

If you have been following my work and watched any of my interviews from Season 2, then you have most definitely heard of the brand Kung Fu Rub. However, you may be unaware of why I choose to team up with them and promote their brand on my videos. To explain exactly why I decided to do this, let me first fill you in on the first time I was introduced to Kung Fu Rub and tested out their amazing product.

In 2016 I was Penang Malaysia conducting research on martial arts and filming several interviews with various Kung fu masters. Master Ong Ming Thong was one of the masters I was interviewing. He is a Southern Shaolin Kungfu master and a highly respected doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. During the filming of the interview, Master Ong began explaining the benefits of using Kung Fu Rub compared to the more traditional Dit Da Jow commonly used in martial arts schools. After we had finished filming the interview, I questioned Master Ong further about Kung Fu Rub and asked if I could try it out for myself. After applying the Rub to my hands, I began to strike the wall bags in Master Ong’s Kung fu school and was instantly impressed with the product! Not only was it swift and easy to apply, but it also left no smells or discoloration on my hands or the training equipment.

Master Ong explained that the recipe used in Kung Fu Rub is a traditional Shaolin recipe that serves to replace the use of conventional Dit Da Jow. Sensing how impressed I was with Kung Fu Rub, Master Ong offered to introduce me to its manufacturers, which ultimately led me to promote this awesome product to martial artists all around the world.

What makes Kung Fu Rub better than Dit Da Jow?

To understand why I consider Kung Fu Rub to be “better” than the traditional Chinese bruise ointment (Dit Da Jow), we must first take into consideration how traditional Jow is made, the ingredients used and also the cons of using it.

Chinese bruise ointment is typically made using various Chinese herbs brewed for several months with strong alcohol until it has fermented and is ready to use. The herbs and alcohol used vary between masters. Therefore it’s not uncommon for each martial art school to have its own Dit Da Jow formula, some good, some bad. This recipe is traditionally passed down from teacher to student during the later stages of the students training, once the teacher feels that the student is trustworthy enough to inherit their secret recipe. During my years of practicing various martial arts, I have acquired several Dit Da Jow recipes, and in all honesty, their effectiveness to heal the body vary significantly.

The methods of formulating traditional Dit Da Jow present several problems. Firstly, the ingredients used, make the Dit Da Jow very impractical to use in everyday life. After applying a traditional Dit Da Jow to your body, this area will become discolored and overpowered with the stench of alcohol. Therefore, any clothing or training equipment that comes into contact with the jow subsequently becomes stained also.

Secondly, you have to be VERY careful when applying traditional Jow to areas of your body that may have an open wound. Jow is strictly for external use only, and if it finds its way into your bloodstream through a small cut, then the risk of infection is certain. I have witnessed several people taken to the hospital after using Jow on their hands when practicing conditioning exercises at my old Kung fu school. The students would condition their hands on a sandbag and were unaware they had opened up a small cut around their knuckles from doing so. Therefore, after applying the Jow, it entered their bloodstream and caused an infection. Now it would be unfair to place the entirety of the blame on traditional Jow for creating so many problems with diseases. There is no doubt that these problems could have been avoided. However, it is quite clear that the recipe used in the traditional methods offer a higher risk of infection due to their ingredients.

So this leads me to why I feel that Kung Fu Rub is a direct replacement for Dit Da Jow and the benefits of using it.

  • Trusted ingredients

The recipe used in Kung Fu Rub is a tried and tested recipe passed down from a famous Southern Shaolin Kung Fu Master and has been manufactured into its modern form. There is no concern about trying to acquire a vast number of Chinese herbs to make your own ointment and then waiting up to one year for the Jow to be ready to use. Kung Fu Rub is premade and ready to use immediately.

  • No discoloration on your body or clothes

Unlike the traditional Jow which leaves visible stains, Kung Fu Rub does not leave any blemish on your body, clothes or training equipment.

  • No smell of alcohol

‘Kung Fu Rub’ can be applied without the concern of leaving the stretch of liquor that is often common with the traditional Dit Da Jow recipes.

  • Easy to transport

‘Kung Fu Rub’ comes in a plastic bottle that is easy to carry and take with you. The bottle weighs only 0.1kg, so there is no excuse not to keep it in your training bag at all times. Unlike traditional Jow that is generally stored in a glass bottle.

  • Safe to use

‘Kung Fu Rub’ is safer to use compared to the traditional Dit Da Jow recipes due to its ingredients and manufacturing process.

  • Easy to apply

‘Kung Fu Rub’ is very easy and quick to use. Just squeeze a small amount from the bottle and gently massage into the desired area.

  • Prevents and heals micro-injuries

While practicing martial arts, micro-injuries often incur without being realized. It is essential to remove these micro-injuries, as an accumulation of these latter would cause complications in the health of the practitioner. Hence the importance of ‘Kung Fu Rub’, the harmony of “Yin & Yang” (internal and external) properties makes ‘Kung Fu Rub’ ideal for extreme sports participants and martial arts practitioners.

What is the best way to apply Kung Fu Rub?

Kung Fu Rub has been designed to be used to help prevent and heal martial arts/sports injuries. Therefore in my personal opinion, I feel it is best used both before and after training. For example, if I’m training hard body conditioning, I will apply the rub before I begin the conditioning, and once again after the training is completed. This could be when I’m conditioning my hands during Iron Palm training like in the video posted below, or when conditioning my legs and shins during Muay Thai class. The rub can also be applied outside of practice when you feel you have incurred an injury, as it will help to repair the microtrauma caused to your body from training.

Where can you purchase Kung Fu Rub?

You can now order both Kung Fu Rub and Kung Fu Balm directly from their website. They have recently started offering worldwide delivery on all products. Please use the links listed below to find out more.

To learn more about Kung Fu Rub, please visit their official website and Facebook page.


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  1. Nice to read more about Kungfu rub and hear why you promote them. I started using it for my iron palm training over a year ago and cant recommend it enough. Way better than dat da jow and easier to use. My hands are Hard as nails now and it’s all because of KungFu rub.

  2. Nice right up and information. I appreciate your explanation about kung fu rub and why you have chosen to recommend it. The video tutorial you posted along side this article is enough for me to give it a try. I will let you know my thoughts after testing it out. Thanks again for the info.

  3. I think I saw a video of Liang De Hua talking about kung fu rub also. He was saying how good it is and showing some punches on a bag after applying it. I will defiantly look into ordering some if they can deliver to the U.K

    1. Hello Sam, I’m not sure where you are trying to ship the item to but It’s the first time I’ve heard any feedback regarding the shipping being too expensive. The product is shipped from Malaysia so there will be some type of international shipping courier involved. I can only suggest that you send them a private message to their facebook page, I’m pretty sure they will be able to assist you further and help to fix the problem with the shipping cost. Good luck.

      1. Hello Kieren,

        Thanks for responding to my comment.

        I was inquiring about shipping due to me being abroad – zone F (shipping zone as depicted in their Fees table). If I simply want to try the product – purchasing x1 or x2, I would be paying 40 RM for each item (which is reasonable) and then having 130 RM as shipping charges. So the shipping is more than the products.

        Even when purchasing x10 of them (equating to one kilo for which the RM 130 is matched against) then it is 400 for items vs 130 for shipping only or total cost of 530 RM where shipping is 25% of the cost.

        I am all for globalization and buying from overseas buyers but against this cost, I can order from Hong Kong where the costs of dik dat jow runs me 37.70/50mL RM or 74.16/45 mL RM for the pricier version. Again, shipping is included so no extra costs are incurred.

        However, I deeply appreciate you pointing me in the direction of contacting them directly to see if I can be assisted in regards to this matter.

        Thank you ????

  4. Hi, I was wondering if it’s greasy like an ointment or more absorbent like lotion? Also, how many ounces is it? Thanks a lot for your help, have a good day!