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In 377 A.D., during the Sixth
Dynasty's period in China, the Shao Lin Temple was built in Hunan, China.
In the year 1527, Dao Mo arrived from India and taught the first kung fu forms
in Shao Lin called the Eighteen Lohan Patterns. Later another Shao Lin
temple was created in Fujien province. This would be the birthplace for
all southern styles of Shao Lin kung fu.
The founders of Wu Xing Chuan kung fu
Sometime in the 17th century, a Shao Lin monk named Chueh Yuan decided to
change the current kung fu systems of Shao Lin and combined them into a single
style. Together with Li Sou and Pai Yu Feng, these masters developed Wu
Xing Chuan, translated as Five Form Boxing which was created from the five
animals of Southern Shao Lin. The movements of the five animals: the
dragon, the snake, the tiger, the crane and the leopard, correspond with the
internal five elements respectively: water, fire, metal, earth and wood.
Also, the five breath tones are used to energize each of the major organs of the
body. This breathing method is used in the five animal iron shirt (iron
body) form of the Wu Xing Chuan style.
|Dragon (Water) - is
characterized by fluid and powerful movements that are both internal and
external at all times. The dragon in essence has the attributes of the
four other animals. Because like water, it can take any form or shape.|
|Snake (Fire) - is
characterized by internal quick attacks, utilizing hip rotation and unorthodox
striking angles, preferably at vital pressure point areas.|
|Tiger (Metal) - is
characterized by large, hard and quick movements that emphasize power over
|Crane (Earth) - is
characterized by circular motions alternating between hard and soft while
relying on balance footwork.|
|Leopard (Wood) - is
characterized by small movements that are simultaneous, sudden, rapid and
wise man is stable and not easily confused by others.