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White Crane Fist or Bai He Quan 白鶴拳 is a Southern Chinese martial art that originated in China's Fujian 福建 province. White Crane Fist makes use of both high and low kicks yet has marked preference for rapid hand techniques. It stresses internal as well as external training. White Crane Fist's fierce pressure point attacks combines with rapid footwork makes it particularly effective, complete, and beautiful martial art. The White Crane Fist is said to be first practiced in the Yong Chun 永春 district of Fujian Province and so its direct line forever bears the name Yong Chun White Crane 永春白鶴. White Crane Fist is one of the most famous systems of Kung Fu in Southern China and it is known to have influence many other styles of Southern Kung Fu and the Japanese Okinawan Karate.
The full history of White Crane Fist is difficult to trace from fragments of documents and legends that have been passed down through the centuries. There was mention of crane as one of the five systems of Kung Fu taught in Southern Shaolin Temple before its destruction. According to one of the most famous oral tradition, White Crane Fist was developed by Fang Qi Niang 方七娘, a female martial artist from the Southern Shaolin Lingage. It was said when Fang Qi Niang was meditating in a temple a white crane flew into the temple and rested on wooden beam above her. Suddenly the crane started hopping, flagging and turning its head in an unusual manner, Fang Qi Niang inspired by the movements of the crane created the martial art we now known as White Crane Fist. The crane that inspired Fang Qi Niang was later regarded by some White Crane Fist lineages as the White Crane Celestial Master 白鹤仙师.
In the below English subtitled video, White Crane Fist lineage, Master Wang Ming Zhong 王明中 (Taiwan) and Master Li Gang 李刚 (China, Fujian) was invited to introduce the history, characteristics and combat techniques of White Crane Fist.
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