Fujian White Crane
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White Crane Style (in Chinese: 白鶴拳) is a Southern Chinese martial art that originated in Fujian (福建) province. According to oral tradition, the style was developed by Fang Qīniáng (方七娘; Amoy Min Nan: Hng Chhit-niâ), a female martial artist. It is associated with traditional fighting techniques, including long range, but is most similar to close-quarter or hand-to-hand combat. It is most recognizable by the way the fighter imitates a bird's pecking or flapping of wings. While some white crane styles make use of traditional weapons, others have discontinued the use of weaponry.
|Also known as||Pe̍h-ho̍h-kûn|
|Focus||Striking / Grappling|
|Country of origin||China|
|Creator||Fāng Qīnián (tradition)|
|Famous practitioners||Lǐ Wénmào|
|Descendant arts||Wing Chun, Southern Praying Mantis, Wuzuquan, Karate (Goju Ryu, Chitō-ryū, Uechi-ryu)|
|Fujian White Crane|
|Literal meaning||white crane fist|
|Alternative Chinese name|
|Literal meaning||eternal spring white crane fist|
|Fujian White Crane|
|Mandarin:||Bái Hè Quán|
|Amoy Min Nan:||Pe̍h-ho̍h-kûn|
|Literally||"white crane fist"|
Fujian White Crane is a type of Shaolin Boxing that imitates characteristics of the white Crane. An entire system of fighting was developed from observing the crane's movements, methods of attack and spirit. It is one of the six well-known schools of Shaolin Boxing. The others are based on Tiger, Monkey, Leopard, Snake and Dragon. Additional, lesser-known schools include Dog, Deer and Bear.
The legend of the white craneEdit
Qīniáng and her father lived in Fujian province, where many cranes live. Qīniáng's father knew the Southern Chinese Martial Arts and taught them to his daughter. One day, while Qīniáng was doing her chores, a crane landed nearby. Qīniáng tried to scare the bird off using a stick and the skills she had learned from her father, but whatever she did, the crane would counter. Qīniáng tried to hit the crane on the head, but the bird moved its head out of the way and blocked the stick with its wings. Qīniáng tried to hit the crane's wings, but the crane stepped to the side and blocked the stick with its claws. Qīniáng tried to poke the crane's body, but the crane dodged backwards and struck the stick with its beak. From then on, Qīniáng carefully studied the crane's movements. She combined these movements with techniques learned from her father, ultimately creating the White Crane Style of Fujian province.
There are many versions of this legend. In some the crane does not block a stick, but evades and counters it. The point of the style is to emphasize evasion and attack an opponent's vulnerabilities instead of using physical strength. Since it was created by a woman, White Crane fighting elements are especially popular in women's self-defense training because the movements do not require great strength. They more closely imitate the delicate pecking motion associated with this fighting style. Popular karate bunkai (breakdown) of white crane katas like hakutsuru stress vital point striking or kyusho.
Over time, White Crane branched off into five styles:
|Sleeping Crane Fist||宿鶴拳||sù hè quán||siok4 hoh8 kun5||also known as Jumping, or Ancestral Crane|
|Crying Crane Fist||鳴鶴拳||míng hè quán||beng5 hoh8 kun5||also known as Calling, Whooping, or Shouting Crane|
|Eating Crane Fist||食鹤拳||shí hè quán||chiah8 hoh8 kun5||also known as Morning Crane|
|Flying Crane Fist||飛鶴拳||fēi hè quán||hui1 hoh8 kun5||aka fei hok kuen|
|Shaking Crane Fist||縱鶴拳||zòng hè quán||hui1 hoh8 kun5||aka jun hok kuen|
According to the traditions of the Lee family branch of Flying Crane, Fāng Qīniáng was born in the mid-17th century. She learned kung fu form her father a lay shaolin disciple. One day she saw a huge crane and attacked it with a stick As she was unable to defeat it, she realized the crane had come to teach her and developed her own unique techniques form the experience. She had 4 principal students who later developed 4 main branches of Fujian white crane: eating, crying, sleeping and flying. Many systems evolved from one of the 4 original types of white crane. I believe a great deal of disinformation relating to the history of white crane is occurring recently as governments and people try to re write history for financial and or other reasons...In order to create a tourist trade etc....At least in the flying crane tradition, Fang never married, had children or a husband. rather she retired in Bai he an (white crane temple ) and taught martial arts.
According to the yong chun bai he tradition the Ong Gong Shr Wushuguan was established in the town of Yongchun (永春; Minnan: eng2 chhun1), prefecture of Quanzhou, Fujian province, when its founders were taught by Fang Qiniang during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor (r. 1521–66) of the Ming dynasty.
Yongchun-style White Crane was created by Fāng Qī Niáng during KangXi period during the Qing dynasty. Yongchun combined the movements of White Crane with Shaolin kongfu. The film Yongchun White Crane describes the history and development of this Kongfu.
The Xu-Xi Dao style of White Crane as taught by Chen Zhuozhen was derived from Zhong-Ho 'Springing Crane' and was developed in Taiwan by Huang Laoyang in the 1950s.
Feeding Crane in TaiwanEdit
The lineage of Feeding Crane in Taiwan is:
- 方七娘 - Fāng Qī Niáng
- 曾四叔 - Zēng Sì Chū
- 鄭禮叔 - Zhèng Lǐ Shū
- 蔡忠叔 - Cài Zhōng Shū
- 蔡公頸 - Cài Gōng Jǐng
- 林德順 - Lín Dé Shùn
- 劉故 - Liú Gù
- 劉銀山 - Liú Yín Shān
- 劉長益 - Liú Zhǎng Yì (Liu Chang I)
Calling Crane in ChinaEdit
- Lin Shi Xian
- Pan Yu Ba
- Xi Zong Xiang
- LIn Zhen Lan - Chen Shi Ding - Huang Xing Xian
- Lin Jan Hua, Zheng Hui Sheng -Ruan Dong
- Lin Yuan Dun - Zheng Xian Qi
Dancing/Shaking Crane in TaiwanEdit
- Fang Qi Niang
- Zheng Li
- Zheng Cong
- Li Seng
- Fang Shi Peng
- Fang Yong Cang
- Lin Guo Zhong
- Huang Xing Xian
- Zheng Xian Qi
- Huang Yi Xiong
Fujian White Crane is one of the constituent styles of Five Ancestors, who, in addition to the various styles of Karate (notably Goju-ryu, Chitō-ryū and Uechi-ryu), use the routine "San Chian" from Fujian White Crane. San Chian is best known by the Japanese pronunciation of its name, Sanchin.
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