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Calling Crane (Ming He), Master Ruan Dong - 2 Weeks
Calling Crane (Ming He), Master Ruan Dong - 2 Weeks
duration: 2 Weeks trip ref: 32
departure dates: All dates available except Chinese National holidays.
min/max price (US$): 1300 / 1850
min/max group size: 1 / 20
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Calling Crane Wushu, or Ming He Quan, is characterized by the breathing techniques used to express energy - thus "calling" crane. Rapid, swirling hand movements combined with delicate jumps and the calling sounds result in a stunning display. It was invented by the famous Master Xie Zhong Xiang towards the end of the 19th century in Fuzhou City.

Master Xie is a famous name in the history of Wushu, well known not only in China, but also in Okinawa and Japan, where he is given the nickname Ryu Ryu Ko, a variation of Chinese Ru Ru Ge. Many of Okinawan Karate styles draw their lineage from him.

This course will be taught in Fuzhou City by Master Ruan Dong (7th Dan, Vice Chairman of the Calling Crane Committee of Fujian Province and its Cities), who can draw his lineage of teachers directly from Master Xie himself and is well known in the martial arts community as both teacher and competitor - he is a winner of numerous traditional Wushu championships.

The teaching will involve foundation training and Calling Crane patterns, with particular emphasis on learning the powerful breathing that gives the style its name and coordinating breathing with hand movements, learning to deliver powerful strikes with lightning speed.

Training is 2.5 hours in the morning & 1.5 hours in the evening i.e. 09:00-11:30 and 15:00-16:30. Start times may vary seasonal to accommodate daylight hours.

Your training syllabus is determined by your training requirements and is also based on your training progress. The following list details the patterns on offer.

Empty Hand Patterns:
1. Basic Foundation Training - hand movements, footwork, strength building, basic principles
2. San Zhan
3. Shi Zi (Shi Men)
4. 28 Su
5. Ba Bu (Patterns 1, 2 & 3)
6. Zhong Kuang
7. Swimming Crane
8. Other Training (hand skills e.g. pushing hands)

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