I hate that i'm just now responding to this thread, but I'm not sure that the replies so far actually answer the original question. The links posted seem to discuss dragon style, rather than dragon claw style, and I think there's an important distinction there. The dragon claw that I study, Lung Shou Pai, isn't a southern system at all. It's considered a northern longfist style. It's also pretty small, with only a few schools in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Florida.
Here's the history of our dragon claw style as we're taught it:
I've also had some discussion with a guy in either Denmark or Britain (I don't recall which) who studies a dragon claw style that's completely different from our stuff. They call theirs Lung Jow Pai, and regretfully I don't remember any details of what he told me aside from having compared notes and come to the conclusion that his style seems to be unrelated to ours.
Hi Matthew Glover,
I have studied the Dragon Style for a considerable amount of time and I know dragon claw as a technique. There is a Shaolin style named Dragon Claw which is from the northern temple but this is really one form, not so much a system.
I was interested to read the Lung Shou Pai website and would like to ask a few questions if I may.
I wondered that myself. I don't have a ready answer, but it does seem like an odd name. My instructor forwarded this question on to his instructor, the head of our style and Ling Kat Klung's student. When I hear back, I'll be sure to let you know what he says.1. I am originally from Canton and have never heard of the name “Klung” before, this is not a Chinese name to my knowledge and I would be interested to know which dialect it comes from.
I don't have anything to back this up, so this is pure conjecture on my part. The history says "[/SIZE][/FONT]In 1896, he moved his family to Canton, because he wanted [them] to be relatively safe from the turmoil of the Boxers Rebellion." My guess is that the increasing tension and hostilities in the region were a cause for concern for Ling Chang-wu. Feeling that it was no longer safe for his wife and young son, he moved them to Canton. His patriotism, however, drew him back into the fight.2. The boxer rebellion began in 1899-1901, but in your history you state that one of your ancestors namely Ling Chang-wu moved his family to Canton because of the Boxer Rebellion in 1896, the boxer rebellion began in 1899?
3. In your website it is stated that Li Tan-foy is the brother of Li Nung-ti, to any Chinese reading that this is impossible, the generation names would be the same and they are not?
4 Are there any members of the direct family alive today and are they contactable?
I have more questions but I shall leave it there for now, I am just curious because I have never heard of Lung Shou Pai in Canton before.
There is Dragon style in Canton but I have never heard of it called Lung Shou Pai, which translates as “Dragon Hand Sect”.
Also Lung Shou Pai is mandarin, in Canton the dialect is Cantonese.
I thankyou in advance for your time.