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142 WAY OF THE INTERCEPTING FIST: JIEQUANDAO or JEET KUNE DO. This is a new martial arts style created by Bruce Lee (1940-1973). Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco, California while his parents were traveling in the United States. He started his Wushu training under his father at age seven in Hong Kong. At thirteen, he began studying Yongchunquan udner his teacher Yip man and older classmate Huang Chuliang. At age eighteen, he returned to the U.S. And in 1961, he entered the University of Washington and majored in philosophy. While in the U.S., he continued his Wushu training and absorbed other eastern and western fighting arts into his own practice and created Jiequandao
 
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143 WHITE CRANE: BAI HE QUAN, BAAHK HOK * . A southern Shaolin style developed in Fujian Province by the female master Fang Qi Niang, it mimicked the fighting movements of a crane. White Crane is also referred to as the Yongchun Bai He, and is divided into the following branches
Fei He, Flying Crane
Ning He, Crying Crane
Shi He, Hungry Cane
Su He, Sleeping Crane
Zhang He, Ancestor Crane.
The time period was between 1662 and 1732.
 
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144 WHITE CRANE KUNG FU, YONG CHUN BRANCH: BEI HEI QUAN: YONG CHUN
This style of White Crane Boxing was named for the of Yong Chun (永春). During the Ming Dynasty twenty four people went to Fu Jian Sheng to learn White Crane Kung fu from Fang Qi Liang.
One of these people was Pan Dui Jin (潘堆金) came back to his home in Yong Chun and started teaching White Crane. Pan Dui Jin (潘堆金) had four students Pan Sai Yu (潘賽玉), Pan Da Ren (潘大壬), Pan You Cheng (潘有成) and Pan Yue Zhao (潘月照). These five people spread the art of Bei Hei Quan
Sifu Ting Huat Yiong is a current Sifu of this system. Sifu Yiong started teaching Young Chu Pai He Chuan for the province magistrate of Guang Dong. Sifu Yiong taught in Malaysia and Singapore and became Singapores Acting Head for their national martial arts school
Sifu Yiong then returned to his home in Yong Chun and established a school there.
 
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145 WHITE CRANE,TIBETAN: SAI CHONG BAAHK HOK KYUHN.

This style of White Crane Kung Fu was developed in Tibet. The founder of the style was a Lama monk named A Da Tuo . A Da Tou was born around 1426. A Da Tous people were nomads and horseman. They originally lived in the area of Qinghai province in Yueshu but later migrated to Tibet.
A Da Tou learned wrestling and then became a monk under Gong Gut. A Da Tou later learned the martial art called Dinah from a master in Tala. After completing his training A Da Tou sought solitude in the mountains to focus on meditation and studying Buddhism.
It was a day when A Da Tou was resting in the woods that he saw a fight between crane and an ape. The crane was defending her nest of eggs against the primate that thought her was going to get an easy meal.
The ape was using his long arms in large swooping attacks while the crane was using its wings and agility to fend off the ferocity of the ape. Finally the crane saw her chance and poked out the eye of the ape. The ape yelped out in pain fled into the forest.
It was from this example that A Da Tou took his inspiration and created a form of Kung Fu that combined the fighting techniques of both the crane and the ape. He called the system Lions Roar. This term was used because the sounds of the fight of the crane and the ape were so loud that they shook the earth and sounds like this a described in Buddhist tradition to be like the strongest of earths animal i.e. like a lions roar.
Lions Roar Kung Fu was based on eight stances, hand strikes, finger strikes, and grabbing techniques.
It was later that one of the monks that was taught the system by A Da Tuo, his name was Duo Luo Ji Tan refined the system and renamed the style White Crane.
 
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146 WHITE EYEBROW: BAAHK MEIH, BAI MEIQUAN. A Southern Style of Kung fu. A style named after its founder Baahk Meih, who was originally a student of the northern Shaolin Temple but later took refuge in the Wauh Meih mountains where he lived as a hermit and blended Daoist gung fu with his version of the teachings of the northern Shaolin Temple. This style incorporates the characteristics of the five animals ( snake , crane, dragon, tiger, and leopard) and is designed to penetrate vulnerable pressure points
 
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149. WHITE EYEBROW BUTTERFLY HAND BRANCH: BAK MEI, BAI MEIQUAN: WU DUP SAU BRANCH. This branch of white eyebrow kung fu was taught by Sifu Jack Moi who lives in Chicago, Ill. Sifu Moi taught the style to the inheritor of his system Sifu Manuel Rodrigues who lives in Ventura, California.
This style of white eyebrow is known for its fluidity, flexibility and simultaneous use of hand and leg attacks. It uses many spinning attacks. The style teaches the throwing coins and specializes in throwing techniques with staffs, spears, and swords.
 
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FUTSAN BRANCH:BAK MEI, BAI MEIQUAN: FUTSAN BRANCH. This branch began with the monk Fung You Dao Yan, whose name means Renaissance Man. Monk Fung You Dao Yan brought this art to the Bamboo Forest Temple in Kwangsi province. This branch was promoted by later by Fung students pupil Liu Shao Liang and Qiu Tai Shang.
In 1966 Sifu Liu Shao Liang taught Lee Yun Jian in Futsan and made him the inheritor of his style. Sifu Lee Yun Jian then taught Sifu Eddie Chong. Sifu Eddie Chong has been given permission to promote and teach Futsan Bak Meih. Sifu Eddie Chong lives and teaches in Sacramento, California
 
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WIZARD FAMILY FIST: WU JIA QUAN. This is a Southern Style originally from the Fujian Shaolin Temple. The known training includes Liuluquan(Six Road Fist), six elbow techniques, eight fist techniques, and many kicking techniques (Shou 460).
 
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WUDANG GATE STYLE: WUDANGMEN. This style is also known as , Lipai Gongfu. It was created by Li Ruidong during the Qing Dynasty. Li Ruidong during the Qing Dynasty. Li was the director of training for the imperial guards, a position he held for over twenty years. Li was a prominent practitioner in Chujiao, Shaolin, Tantui, Zinyi, bagua, and Wudang Jinchanpai Taijigong. Li taught his style to his top student Zhang Tao. Zhang taught it to Chen yuefang. Chen taught it to Wang Youyu. Wang taught it to his son, Wang Xuezhi, the fifth generation chairman. The training content of this style includes wudang Wuxiu Jinchanpai Taiji,
Taiji Bagua Qimenquan,
Taiji Baba Shenna Luanchaquan
Taiji Wuxingchui
 
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WU FAMILY FIST: WU JIA QUAN.
This Southern style was founded by Wu Bi Xuan (1751-1812) in Fujian. When he was young he trained at the two dominant martial schools, Shaolin Temple and the Taoist temple at Wudang Mountain. He combined the two schools to create this style. The fundamental tactics of Wu Jia Quan are to avoid meeting force with force, to get into the undefended places, to strike the weak points and to strike the weak points and to absorb the qi of adversaries. During the last year of Qing Emperor Qianlong (1795) he relocated to Hunan and brought his teachings there (Burr 53).
 
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WU MUIS SYSTEM: WU MUI PAI.
Wu Mui was a Buddhist Nun that lived in the 1700s. She lived and taught kung fu in the Yuen Nam province in the White Crane Monastery. She taught her own version of kung fu, that would later become known as Wu Mui Pai or Wu Muis System. Wu Mui was a legendary master that was deadly even into her later years. When she was seventy five she killed a well known Kung fu master by the name of Lee Bar Shon to save the life of a younger kung fu student Fong Shi Yuk. Wu Mui kicked master Lee Bar Shon in the throat and he died. Fong Shi Yuk was saved and Wu Mui did this when she was standing on the six foot plum flower posts.
Wu Mui or Ng Mui only taught a few of the White Crane monks and only a few of those monks continued the training. The system was very selective and not available to lay persons for three centuries. This changed in the early 20th century when a boy named Hsieh Peng saved Hoi Shim the fifth generation Wu Mui Grandmaster from being shot by a solider. Hsieh took the boy to the Kuen Yin Monastery in Kwang-Si Province and trained him in Wu Mui Pai for 23 years. When Hoi Shim died in 1936 Hsieh Peng became Grandmaster. Sigung Peng moved to the United States before the Cultural Revolution and escaped the Chinese governments persecution of traditional kung fu masters.
When Grandmaster Peng was 74 and the year was 1973 when Sigung Peng accepted Wai Ming Chau and his sister Peggy as closed door disciples. Wai Ming Chau had taught kung fu for ten years and closed his schools to study with Sigung Peng. In 1988 Wai Ming Chau became the current Wu Mui Pai Grandmaster and his sister Peggy Chau became the second highest ranked Sifu in the system.
 
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XIA STYLE: XIAQUAN. This is a Southern Emei Style. Legend has it, that Li Huzi of Sichuan taught it to students in Guangdong during the Qing Dynasty. Li Huzi was also a Chan Buddhist priest, known as Jingo. He taught his Wushu to Huang Yinlin. When Huang taught his students, he named the Style Xiaquan out of respect and in remebrance of his teacher who was known as Do Xia, meaning great and ethically upright martial artist (Shou 473).
 
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155. ELLOW FOREST STYLE: HUANGLINPAI. This an Emei Style. It is credited to an old Taoist priest of Wannian Temple int he Emei Mountains. During the reighn of the Qing Emperor, Yongzheng (1723-1735), the emperor gave an order to arrest all nonmilitary martial artists. As a result many martial arts practitioners gathered at Jiufeng Mountain as a sanctuary to practice theri Wushu and to share their Wushu with youngsters that came to learn.
 
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YAO FAMILY STYLE: YAOJIA. This is a style developed by the Yao ethnic people living in the mountain range between Huan and Guangxi. Over one thousand years ago. This area was infested witdh bandits and thieves. To protect themselves, the Yao people had to absorb other styles and develop their Wushu skills. Their routines tend to be short with only about ten movements. The known weapon routines include:
Qi Mei Gun
Bian Dan
Shuang Dao
Hu Ba (Tiger ?)
 
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Yu FAMILY FIST: YUJIAQUAN. It is known in eastern Sichuan Province. Yujiaquan combined the philosophies of Taoist and Confucius thinking into their style. There are sixteen known barehanded routines , eight weapon routines, and eight training methods (Shou 479).
 
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YUE FAMILY CONNECTED FIST: YUESHILIANQUAN. This is a Northern Style. It is believed to have been created by Marshall Yue Fei during the Song Dynasty. It was known as Yushi Sanshou, meaning Yue Family free fighting techniques. During the Qing Dynasty, Liu Sijiun created additional short routines into this style and connected the short routines into a longer routine for training. Thereby, the style was later named Yue Family Connected Fist (Shou 479).
 
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YUE FAMILY FIST OR STYLE: YUEMENQUAN. This one of the most well-known Emei Styles. Legend has it, that it was created by Marshall Yue Fei. There are over seventy known barehanded routines, over twenty weapons routines, and many matching routines and training methods (Shou 479).
 
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YUE FAMILY GATE FIST OR STYLE: YUE MEN QUAN. This Southern style has two origins, hte recorded origin and the mythic origin.
The recorded origin is attributed to yue You Fu in 1775 during Chians most remarkable period of expansion, the reign of qing emperor Qianlong (1736-1795). Yue was form an area called Dongsheng in Sichuan. According to Yue, the legendary origin of this style is much older, traceable to the Three Kingdoms period of Emperor Wei Mingdi (227-239). During this time lived Hua Tuo, a famous doctor who is likened to the Chinese Hippocrates. He created one of the most renowned forms of qigong, Five Animal Play (wuxingsi). In 237, two of Hua Tuos students U Pu and Fan Wen traveled south in search of special herbs. In their journey, they encountered a sickly farmer and taught him Five Animal Play qigong in order to help him. That farmer passed these teachings down within his family and over time, it was modified to include fighting techniques. Master Yue inherited this style from his family, then began to teach it openly in Sichuan (Burr 53).
 
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ZHAO FAMILY FIST OR SYSTEM: ZHAOMENQUAN. Legend has it, that it originated from t he first Northern Song Dynasty Emperor, Zhao Kuanyin. There are two major groups within this style. One is the Sanyuanpai that migrated to Sanyuan County in Shanxi Province during the middle of the Qing Dynasty. The other is the Zhilipai that migrated to Zhili during the middle of the Qing Dynasty by Zhang Tianhu. Zhaomenquan focuses on kicking applications, and tends to use offense as a defense. They have many barehanded routines, weapons routines, and training methods (Shou 482).
 
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YUE FAMILY TEACHING: YUEJIAJIAO. Legend has it, that it originated in Hunan province and spread to Meixian in Guandong Province. There is a known routine called Yipenzhu (Shou 479).
 
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