Minor Red Fist.
July 30, 2009
Listed as a fundamental Shaolin forms, Xiao Hong Quan or Small/Minor Red Fist is now being closely examined for connection to many ChangQuan or Long Fist from that corresponding period.
Don’t do the form myself but looking at the techniques and postures, I see resemblences to Lohan and Jinkang – the southern versions.
Found this write up about Shaolin :-
Shaolin Wu Shu is a complex art that has evolved over the last 1500 years. It utilizes all aspects of martial practice: punching, kicking, striking, throwing, grappling, weaponry, point striking and qi cultivation. Unlike many reports Shaolin is not just a kicking style from the north, as is commonly misunderstood. It contains both Wai Gong (External skill) and Nei Gong (Internal skill) in its methodology, which is another common misunderstanding that labels Shaolin Kung Fu as only an external style of Kung Fu. Shaolin Kung Fu cultivates Qi, Jing and Shen and promotes the development of the muscle, bones and skin. Shaolin practice is also a pathway to Chan (Zen). Shaolin Kung Fu consists of Ji Ben Gong (Basics), routines, application analysis, selected combinations, sparring, conditioning, Qi Gong, and meditation (Chan (Zen) practice as well). Shaolin can be described as fast, agile, unpredictable and effective. With its blend of Chan (Zen) Buddhist philosophies Shaolin Kung Fu is unique in its execution. When practicing Shaolin Kung Fu you must keep in mind the following:
Have no stance but every stance
Exist like the wind and be unpredictable
In defense be like the virgin in attack be fierce like the tiger
The outside is fierce the inside is calm
Make noise in the east and attack from the west
Show up and hit down
Be as hard as iron yet soft as silk
Be heavy like iron and light as a leaf
Shaolin Kung Fu is most famous for its animal styles and imitation styles. The most famous of the Shaolin techniques is the five animals. The Snake, Dragon, Crane, Tiger and Leopard make up this system. Each animal displays a certain characteristic throughout the forms.
The Dragon develops spirit, the Tiger develops the bones and tendons, the Snake develops internal energy, the Crane develops the essence and the Leopard develops strength. Although these are well known Shaolin Temple has such animal styles as Praying Mantis, Eagle Claw, Duck fist, Toad, Monkey, Dog and also Scorpion to name a few. Shaolin Kung Fu’s imitation styles are quite elaborate, the most well known being Drunken boxing. It is a style of kung fu depicted in many movies by famous stars but the true Shaolin Drunken style consists of fist, sword and staff. It is difficult and very deadly in its usage. It utilizes many Qin Na techniques and takedowns. It is a style that is for more advanced students.
FUNDAMENTAL SHAOLIN FORMS:
- • Xiao Lohan Quan
- • Xiao Hong Quan
- • Da Hong Quan
- • Chang hu xingyi men Quan
- • Xiao Pao Quan
- • Da Pao Quan
- • Wu Xing Ba Fa
- • QiXing Quan
- • Ba Bu Lian Huan Quan
- • Lian Hua Quan
- • TaiZu Chang Quan
- • XiaoTong bi Quan
- • DaTong Bi Quan
- • Zhao Yang Quan
- • Da Lohan Quan
- • Lohan Shi Ba Shou