The White Crane Fist was developed by Fang Qi Niang in the 17th Century, during the reign of the Qing emperor Shun Zhi.
Fang Qi Niang was the daughter and student of a famous master of Shaolin kung fu. She first conceived the principles of this new style when she was living with her father in the Bai Lian Temple in Fujian Province.
While in the Temple Fang met her future husband when he visited with his master. He became her top student and together they moved to live in Yongchun area where Fang founded her school of kung fu and developed her new style into a complete system of
martial arts which was named Yongchun White Crane Fist.
Over the years she had many famous students. The foremost of them became known as the Twenty-Eight Heroes. From them onwards, each generation of masters brought the style to new areas in Fujian Province and beyond.
Yongchun White Crane Fist is known in China as a scholars' style. To reach the highest levels of achievement, the practitioner must understand the principles on which the style is founded. Generations of masters in Yongchun have worked to document the history and development of the style and put its philosophy and principles into writing. Some of their work has survived to this day.
Today the influence of Yongchun White Crane is recognised in numerous styles of China, Japan, and South-East Asia. At its root was an inspired woman and gifted teacher who overcame the social restraints of her time to make her mark on martial arts.