Fujian White Crane
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|Also known as||Pe̍h-ho̍h-kûn|
|Country of origin||China|
|Creator||Fāng Qīnián (tradition)|
|Famous practitioners||Lǐ Wénmào
|Descendant arts||Wing Chun Goju Ryu Southern praying mantis|
|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"|
- This article is about the Fujian style, White Crane. For the Tibetan style of White Crane, see Lama (martial)
White Crane Style (in Chinese: 白鶴拳) is a Southern Chinese martial art that originated in the 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 a fighter imitates a bird's pecking or flapping of wings. While some white crane styles make use of a variety of traditional weapons, others have discontinued the use of weaponry.
Fujian White Crane is a type of Shaolin Boxing imitating characteristics of the Taiwanese 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 being based on Tiger, Monkey, Leopard, Snake and Dragon. Additional, lesser-known schools include Dog, Deer, Bear, and others.
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The Legend Of The White Crane .
Qīniáng and her father lived in Fujian province, China, 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 of them, the crane does not block a stick but it 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 has been created by a female, White crane fighting elements are especially popular in women's self-defense training because the movements do not require extreme strength, being more likely to 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.
- Bubishi George Alexander ISBN 0-9631775-1-6 and Secrets of the Bubishi DVD ASIN : B00015400K
- Bubishi Patrick Mccarthy ISBN 0-8048-2015-5
Over time, White Crane branched off into 5 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|
|Feeding Crane Fist||食鶴拳||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-18th century.
According to this 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 herself during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor (r. 1521–66) of the Ming dynasty.
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 Taiwan
The lineage of Feeding Crane in Taiwan:
- 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)
Two categories of White Crane
Yongchun White Crane
Yongchun White Crane was created by Fāng Qī Niáng during KangXi period in Qing density. Yongchun combined the movements of White Crane with Shaolin kongfu. The film <Yongchun White Crane> talks more detail about the history and development of this Kongfu
Pingyang White Crane
Pingyang White Crane also was created by Fāng Qī Niáng during Shunzhi period in Qing density. During Jiaqing period, this kongfu spread to Pingyang city. Ping yang White Crane not only had contribution in culture value, and history value, but it also good for healthy life.
Five Ancestors as well as 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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