The Northern and Southern Styles
Shaolin Long Fist
Taught at the Shaolin Wu-Yi Institute
Northern Long Fist was developed around 960AD, by the first emperor of the Song Dynasty, Song Tai Zu.
Emperor Song was a skilled Shaolin Master and expert in the Shaolin Lohan Style. The martial style developed by
Song Tai Zu was called Tai Zhu Chang Chuan which means Emperors Long Fist style. Between 1900 - 1928 when the Shaolin
Temple was still active, two great martial arts organizations arose, encompassing many of the great styles, which developed
from the Shaolin and other systems. One was the Chin Woo Association (1909), and the other was the Nanking Central Kuo Shu
Institute (1928). The Nanking Central Kuo Shu Institute drew from the knowledge of a large number of respected Masters,
including Chin Woo members, overcoming Martial Arts politics and age-old prejudices to discuss and explore the best
techniques from among the many styles. From this synthesis arose the style commonly known as Northern Long Fist.
Shaolin Five Animals
Wu Xing Chuan
Shaolin master Zhue Yuen lived at the Northern Shaolin temple around 1540. Zhue Yuen believed that the Lohan style
kung fu practiced in Shaolin focused to much on the hard external style. Zhue Yuen pondered this problem during
meditation and decided to try to bring more balance to the Shaolin system. He left the temple and traveled China in
search of different kung fu styles and masters. When Zhue Yuen came to the town of Lan Zhou he met a master named Li Sou. Li Sou
introduced Zhue Yuen to Bai Yu Feng who was another famous martial arts master. Zhue Yuen was able to convince both to come back
with him to Shaolin Temple to develop kung fu. Together they redeveloped Shaolin Kung Fu expanding the original 18 form Lohan
Style into 128 movements which were then divided into the Shaolin 5 animal forms (Tiger, Snake, Dragon, Leopard and Crane).
“Train the sword to kill the Tiger, Train the spirit in order to capture the Dragon.”
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