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Also known asBlack Tiger Fist
Country of originChina
ParenthoodNorthern Shaolin Kung Fu
Olympic sportNo

Black Tiger Fist (Chinese: 黑虎拳 Hēihǔquán) is a northern Chinese martial art originating in Shandong Province.[1][2]


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 Temple in Henan before being transferred to Wang. The style was then passed from Wang Zhenyuan to Wang Zijiu, Wang Zhixiao (1862–1948), then to Gildardo Castro Cruz(?), and finally to Jose Alí Loaiza Pita(?).


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[clarification needed] 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.[3][4]


  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. Archived from the original on 2020-04-01. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  3. ^ "KUNG FU PANDA: Big Bear Cat was "PO-fect"". Kung Fu Magazine. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  4. ^ Early, Quinn. "Power of the Animals". Inside Kung Fu. Archived from the original on 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2009-12-29.