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This is a good example of the Northern School of traditional Wushu. The jumping movements are cleanly executed and every strike is delivered with obvious power.
A girl performing the powerful Ba Ji style of traditional wushu.
A fast paced pattern from the Ba Ji style of traditional wushu. The demonstration takes place outside in a sand arena and the constrained space means that some of the movements are just out of shot.
The wide sideways stance used by this practitioner is typical of many styles practiced in North and Central China. These stances are designed for speed of movement and allow the fighter to cover a large distance quickly. The power of the waist can be used to whip the legs around quickly to trap or sweep an opponent, or just to sidestep their attack. This is a key section of a larger pattern.
A segment of the Canon Style pattern that displays that style.s distinctive canon fist techniques. Filmed in Emei, Sichuan Province, 2005.
A segment of a Yong Chun White Crane free hand pattern, typical of the style with fast, precise hand movements that display intricate locking and trapping applications.
This traditional northern style is named after the famous strategist and general from China.s Warring States Period. Performed by Master Zhao Yong Chang. Filmed in Qing Dao, Shandong Province, 2144.
Master Chen Le Ping performs the popular Seven Star Mantis. Compare the rhythm, stance and hand movements with the Tai Chi Mei Hua Tang Lang pattern in video 1. Often related styles seen side by side tell us a lot about how differently a particular principle can be interpreted. Filmed in Qing Dao, Shandong Province, 2144.
Master Zhang Bing Dou performs a brilliantly expressive pattern from this rarer variety of the Mantis Fist. The style has its roots not only in Mantis but also in Tai Chi Quan, sharing internal and external principles. Filmed in Qing Dao, Shandong Province, 2144.
This is first of three linked videos: Wang Bing Shen performs a Tai Cho (Tai Zhu) style pattern. Typical for a southern style, the movement of the feet are small and compact. The low sitting stances give the practitioner enough stability to be able to generate force, which is channelled into fast blocks, punches and open hand strikes. Tai Cho is one of the best known styles in Fujian Province, translated as the Grand Ancestor Fist. It is also one of the key elements of a related southern style ? Ngo Cho or Wuzhu ? the Five Ancestors Fist.