Chinese Martial Arts – An Introduction to Northern Styles

Chinese Martial arts, forged by the richness of the ancient Chinese civilization.

Chinese martial arts, specially those of Northern styles was forged by the richness of the ancient Chinese civilization that was birthed in the region of the middle and downstream of the yellow River.

Northern styles are elegant and confident.

Northern styles are popular in the northern part of China and most of them have the characteristics of being elegant and confident, emphasizing movements with coordination and completeness, stylishness and power, clarity and rhythm, and strength and fluidity.

Southern Fist and Northern Kick

Other than Cha Chuan, Hua (flower) Chuan, Pao Chuan, Hong Chuan, Hoa Chuan and other Long fist styles, Northern styles of Chinese Martial Arts also include Ba Chi Chuan (Eight Extremes Fist), Tong Bei, Fanzi Chuan, Praying Mantis, Mian Chuan and Mui Fa (Plum Flower) Chuan, etc., each with its own unique characteristics.  Shaolin Style has its own uniqueness in comparison to northern style, which are distinguished by the characteristics of “Southern Fist and Northern Kick”.

Fanzi Chuan – Eight Shan Fan

Fanzi Chuan originally called Eight Sha Fa is a Chinese Martial Art style that has eight main techniques. Shan refers to the swiftness of movements that are like lightning. Fan refers to the movements being executed one after another in succession.

Emphasises the sharpness, swiftness, power and recoiling of the movements

The Fanzi Chuan forms are usually short and concise.  They are swift and foreceful with fist attacking as dense as a heavy rain, low stance moving like a flash, and movements executed in non-stop succession.  Therefore, it also has a nickname “One Whip Fanzi”.  Fanzi Chuan emphasizes the sharpness, swiftness, power and recoiling of the movements.

Chinese Martial Arts Praying Mantis

Chinese Martial Arts Praying Mantis Fist belongs to the family of animal imitating styles.  It is said that this Chinese Martial Arts style was founded by Wang Lang from Jimo, Shandong Province who lived during the end of the Ming to the beginning of the Qing Dynasty.

First spread in Jiaodong area in Shandong province

It was said that he was inspired by the techniques that a mantis uses to pray on a cicada and created this particular Chinese Martial Arts style.  Chinese Martial Arts Praying Mantis Style was first spread in Jiaodong – Shandong province and was later developed into Plum Flower, Seven Star, Six Harmony.

Other Chinese Martial Arts Praying Mantis styles such as Seven Star Mantis Martial Arts, Five Star Mantis Martial Arts, Chinese Martial Arts Wah-Lam Mantis, etc.

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