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Jing Wu Straight Sword

Added 03-Dec-2006

From our recent trip to the Jing Wu Athletic Association in Shanghai, we filmed master Yuan Ji Shu performing this straight sword pattern during a practice session with many other senior masters.

2.6MB, 0m54sec, 0.99

Shaolin Frog Style Pattern

Added 03-Dec-2006

This young lay practitioner of Shaolin wushu shows the famous frog style. Frogs are venerated in Chinese culture because of their deep breathing ability and their explosive power, moving from perfect stillness to lightening fast motion in an instant. You can see in this pattern how the practitioner cushions his fall on the hard concrete using his hands and knees - very painful if you get it wrong!

2.0MB, 0m44sec, 0.99

Article - South Shaolin

Added 05-Nov-2006

The styles of the South Shaolin lineage have a reputation for their great effectiveness and power. This article gives an insight into what has made them this way, tracing their history to the legendary burning of the South Shaolin Temple in Fujian Province.


Three Arrow One Way

Added 05-Nov-2006

Three Arrow One Way is another style from the Putian area. Putian is the location of one of the three South Shaolin Temples and so is a great place to find many rare styles from that lineage. Master Lin Yue Jun.s performance shows the close ties between Three Arrow One Way and other southern styles like the Crane System and Five Ancestors: watch in particular for the use of Dun, or Spring Force, when striking.

4.3MB, 0m58sec, 1.29

36 Treasures

Added 05-Nov-2006

Master Yao Yu Qi performs a pattern of the 36 Treasures Fist, a rare southern style from the Putian area of Fujian Province. In contrast for example with the Nei Jia Internal styles, 'fire' is a very important principle when performing a southern style: the practitioner.s spirit must shine out through his eyes and transform his face until he resembles one of the ferocious temple guardians. This is designed to put doubt and fear into your opponent before the fight even starts.

4.8MB, 1m04sec, 1.29

Da Zun

Added 05-Nov-2006

San Zhan or Three Wars is a basic pattern structure common across many styles of the South Shaolin lineage. It teaches students the correlation between the legs, upper body and breathing that is the foundation upon which all more advanced principles are built. Here Master Lin Qi Ta performs the San Zhan pattern of the Da Zun Quan, an archetypal southern style, widespread in the Zhangzhou area of Fujian Province.

5.1MB, 1m09sec, 1.29

Five Animals

Added 05-Nov-2006

This is the odd one out among the four videos released with this issue. The Five Animals Style or Wu Xing, is traditionally ascribed to the Northern Shaolin Temple in Henan, however it spread to the South of China and during the turbulent years of the Qing Dynasty became part of the Southern Shaolin family, assuming many characteristics of the local styles, such as short range movements, strong low stances and emphasis on force spreading from the Dan Tian. The Five Animals are snake, crane, dragon, tiger and leopard. Here the pattern is being performed by Master Nai Guo Xiang.

3.9MB, 0m54sec, 1.29

Shaolin 13 Spear

Added 05-Nov-2006

This lay monk of the Da Fa Wang temple in Henan is in his late teens, and as such is becoming quite physically powerful and athletic. He is using a light, flexible and relatively short spear, which allows him to move it exceptionally quickly. With each strike or thrust, the tip quivers but his body and stance are still. Whatever your opinions may be, this is a good modern wushu pattern - it has rhythm, focus and his face and eyes express purpose. Each move is distinct, but not robotic.

4.0MB, 0m53sec, 0.99

Dragon Phoenix Pattern

Added 05-Nov-2006

A young monk at Da Fa Wang Temple in Henan Province performs his single broadsword pattern. The monk's movements are crisp and fluid and he controls his body well, however he has not yet achieved mastery of his chosen weapon. Although the attacking movements of the sword are sure, the young man sometimes looses focus when the sword is passive or returning, allowing the blade to waver.

4.0MB, 0m52sec, 0.99

Water Margin Twin Swords Pattern

Added 05-Nov-2006

Why settle for one sword, when two will do the job twice as fast?! Twin weapons patterns demand exceptional balance, as the arms are not available to stabilise the body any more. To add insult to injury for all you unflexible people, this practitioner drops into a front-splits position easier than you or I might touch our toes!

5.3MB, 1m10sec, 0.99