Wuzu or 5 Ancestors is another of the numerous styles to recognize QuanZhou Shaolin as its birthplace.

In one of the few books published on this superb style, the author cites a 1917 classical manual for historical background reference.

I am pasting a few pages from that book here. 

Written in Mandarin and I assume all the so called CMA “historians” are conversant in this language when dealing with something so Chinese, the author traces the founding to recent times’ descendants. 

Maybe some of the self-styled “experts” want to break it to present days’ Wuzu teachers how they got their history wrong. 

But then again, maybe not…. 

In my part of the world, there’s a differentiation between sensationalized fictions and recording family lineages. 

This is not lala-land where “reality TV” and “make believe” are taken for anything more than simply entertainment.

Not too long ago, defending one’s family honor is typically settled with blood……

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Another book that is generally used by White Crane families for reference etc… 

No less than a 100 yrs old, book records the early growth of Chinese fighting practices, in particular, Shaolin.

When Russ and I first spoke about working together, we concurred that translating these classics should take precedence in view of all that flotsam spinning around being touted as “authentic” history of Chinese martial arts. 

Let me reiterate, there exist overwhelming classical materials to corroborate what thousands of masters have been saying all along via oral transmissions. 

Besides published and disseminated classical materials, there are uncirculated private materials found within families, clan communities and even “Hong Men” that all point to one same conclusion. 

To tell me thousands over hundreds of years are wrong, hey, you might as well tell me I am not Chinese. 

Or that Ling is not Lin, Lim, Lam, Liem, or Hayashi.

In “Hong Men” they say, 

I pay respect to the 3 heroes.

I bow to the 5 Ancestors.

I stay true to Shaolin.

Simple verses that being passed from mouths to mouths for at least the last 250 years.

And as one of the mouths, I intend to keep passing this on.

I am not going to join the spin!

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