Oddly, I have translated a Chinese language text into English regarding the Head Shaolin Monk (of the Temple located in Henan) named 'Miao Xing' (妙兴) - a Buddhist monastic name meaning 'Profound Prospering' (these names can be used many times over during 'Ordination' to refer to completely different individuals) but his dates are '1891-1927' and not '1881-1939):
This 'Miao Xing' was considered a genius in gongfu and was trained in the following martial arts - Suppress Mountain Stick (镇山棍 – Zhen Shan Gun), Arahant Boxing (罗汉拳 – Luo Han Quan), Acupuncture (点穴 – Dian Xue), Grasping & Capturing (擒拿 – Qin Na), Bone-Breaking & Joint Dislocation (卸骨 – Xie Gu), 72 Methods of Qi Cultivation Practice law (气功七十二艺练功法 – Qi Gong Shi Er Yi Lian Gong Fa), together with many other arts.
This French language Wiki-page uses the Chinese ideograms referred to above for a 'Miao Xing' dated as '1881-1939':
'Luohanquan comes from the Monk known as Miaoxing (妙兴, 1881-1939) and is composed of 18 methods (Shiba fa): 6 with fist, 2 with palm, with 1 elbow, 4 with leg, 5 with handle / Qinna. This style might be considered a "new frame" of an older Luohanquan.'
Furthermore, this 'Portuguese' Goju Ryu article (GEKISAI – 撃砕) states this:
'In order to expand his martial knowledge he (Miyagi Chojun) traveled to China in 1936 where he learned Chuan Fa techniques. On a visit to the city of Shanghai, he met a master of Lohan Quan (罗汉拳 – Generic name for all styles of Chinese martial arts), called Miao Xing (1881 – 1939) of the Monk Fist style. Some strikes of Kata Gekisai Dai Ichi come from exercises from master Miao Xing's teachings.'
Obviously, Luohan Quan is not a 'generic' name for all Chinese gongfu - but a specific aspect of this genre. The idea of a 'Monk Fist' Style in this context is a misunderstanding of the available data. However, the proposed connection between Luohan Quan and Gekisai Dai-Ichi is curious and compelling.
I cannot find a 'Miao Xing' (1881-1939) within Chinese language sources - but there is a 'Miao Xing' (1891-1927) whose martial arts biography is a mirror reflection of that recorded in the Goju Ryu history - but he had died in 1927 (a year before the Nationalists destroyed the Henan Shaolin Temple) and had been deceased for at least nine-years by the time Myagi Chojun visited the Jing Wu Association (in Shanghai) during 1936. If Miyagi Chojun did train with 'Miao Xing' - then it must have been BEFORE 1927 - and probably during his 1915 and 1917 visits to China. This debate over dating reminds me of the disagreement regarding when it was that Miyagi Chojun learned the martial technical basis (in China) for what would become 'Tensho'.
Shifu Adrian Chan-Wyles (b. 1967) - Lineage (Generational) Inheritor of the Ch'an Dao Hakka Gongfu System.