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Hei Hu Quan
Also known asBlack Tiger Fist, Black Tiger Spring
Country of originChina China
CreatorWang Zhenyuan
Famous practitionersWang Zijiu
Wang Zhixiao
Su Fuyuan / Souw Hok Gwan
ParenthoodNorthern Shaolin Kung Fu
Olympic sportNo

Black Tiger Fist (Chinese: 黑虎拳 Heihuquan) is a northern Chinese martial art originating in Shandong Province.[1][2] There is also another Black Tiger Fist style originating from Gansu, China near the borders of Mongolia.[3]


The traditional lineage of the system begins with master Wang Zhenyuan in the late nineteenth-century; but the style was originally formed at the Shaolin Henan Temple before being transferred to Wang. The style was then passed from Wang Zhenyuan to Wang Zijiu (1862-1948), then to Wang Zhixiao, and finally to Su Fuyuan (Cantonese: Souw Hok Gwan).


The Black Tiger style is characterised by its extensive footwork, acrobatic kicks, low, wide stances, and unique fist position (where the thumb is curled in the same manner as the other fingers, rather than wrapped around them). According to the Shaolin grandmasters, the style is the single most external style in the Shaolin canon; the longer the stylist practices, however, the more he or she comes to rely solely on internal power. In this respect it is similar to Northern Praying Mantis.[4][5]


  1. ^ Shantung Black Tiger: A Shaolin Fighting Art of North China by Leo Budiman Prakarsa (Author), Khek Kiong Tjoa (Author), Donn F. Draeger (Author), Quintin T. G. Chambers (Author) [1]
  2. ^ "Five Animals Shaolin Martial Arts : Tiger Fighting Shaolin Martial Arts". eHow. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  3. ^ Sensei/Renshi Nathan Chlumsky (2015). Inside Kungfu: Chinese Martial Arts Encyclopedia. Lulu.com. ISBN 1-329-11942-8.
  4. ^ "KUNG FU PANDA: Big Bear Cat was "PO-fect"". Kung Fu Magazine. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  5. ^ "Power of the Animals". Inside Kung Fu. Archived from the original on 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2009-12-29.