Introduction to Yong Chun White Crane

Introduction to Yong Chun White Crane

Yong Chun White Crane is one of the richest martial arts lineages Wushu Scholar has encountered in twenty years of research. In Yong Chun itself, the art is alive and kicking and practised by hundreds of local residents, over four hundred years after its initial conception by a small but determined village woman. Master Su Ying Han is one of the leading practitioners of white crane alive today, and on many occasions has sat with us to explain the key principles of this style. This article looks at those principles in depth, focussing on what the beginner needs to know in order to lay the foundation for their future progression in this style. Read more

Master Su performs Yong Chun white crane

Master Su performs Yong Chun white crane


Master Su performs an advanced pattern from Yong Chun white crane style. The pattern is performed with poise and a visible balance between hard and soft, as white crane should be, and in the background his students look on with palpable attention. At the beginning of the video, Master Su demonstrates the key elements of the Yong Chun white crane stance and footwork. Filmed in Yong Chun, Fujian, December 2004. View clip

Su Jun Yi Yong Chun White Crane Pattern

Su Jun Yi Yong Chun White Crane Pattern

With visible energy and passion, the young Su Jun Yi demonstrates a long white crane pattern as taught to him by his father, Su Ying Han. Su Jun Yi has been learning white crane for over 20 years himself, and this pattern indicates he has been no slouch. Each strike is fast, springy and distinct, each movement clear and precise and throughout the pattern, his stance is there to support the upper body movements. This is possibly one of the best patterns we have released on Wushu Scholar to date. Filmed in Yong Chun, Fujian, December 2004. View clip

Yong Chun White Crane 4th pattern

Yong Chun White Crane 4th pattern

One of Master Su Ying Han's students performs the 4th pattern from the Yong Chun White Crane lineage. This student had only been training for 3 years when he took part in this demonstration, and he has clearly learnt well. His stance is always rooted and supporting him, his movements are focussed and precise, and his spring power is developing. He still has a long road to travel before his pattern contains the energy of his seniors, but he is well on the way. View clip

Twin Yong Chun Thumb Hook Swords

Twin Yong Chun Thumb Hook Swords

Both of Master Su Ying Han's children have studied with him for over twenty years. His daughter, the elder of the two siblings, has learnt quietly and diligently in a world dominated by male martial artists. However, as this pattern shows, she is easily the equal of any of her fellow students. This pattern, using twin thumb hook swords, requires extreme concentration and focus - in many movements, the blades must be guided with total committment within inches of the body or face. Filmed in Yong Chun, Fujian, December 2004. View clip

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