The “100 Flowers” of CKF.

July 7, 2009

By Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming

The Chinese Martial Arts, and indeed all the Martial Arts that followed, appear to be the result of a cross-fertilization between India and China and the passage of people between the two counties. Monks and merchants were constantly making the journey and it is not unreasonable to assume that they required trained body guards or even to learn to defend themselves. Combined with Dat Mo ‘s intervention at the Shaolin Temple this has lead to what we call Kung Fu today.

Read full article here.

Had the pleasure of talking to both Dr. Yang and his son, Nicholas recently and hopefully, with my approaching visit to the US, I get to meet them.

Okay, Dr. Yang’s account of CMA history, in a major way ties in with what I was taught by the many elders who brought TCMA out of mainland to SE Asia.

Working with Sifu Liu Chang Yi (Feeding Crane Taiwan) and Sifu Ruan Dong (Singing Crane China) in 2007; more or less established the same.

You know, I have read so many “research” articles describing how CKF were historically held in low esteem intended for uneducated crude commoners who were nothing more than drifting performers and later became protectors for the rich etc etc….

And in order to legitimize and be better received by society, they linked themselves to monasteries and religions; a conspiracy at work no less.

Well, I am not going to dismiss that conjecture outright but in the same breath, I think that is a very broad stroke that misses much in explaining the origin and spread of the 100s of styles in a, something that is  still evident today, complex society divided by dialect clans and family lines.

Yes, you could be of the same dialect clan but if you’re from different bloodlines, secrets are kept from one and another especially in the area of fighting skills and training methods.

Most of these modern research findings, to me, fail because they were looking at “official” historical documents written by mainly the literate Chinese elite who traditionally take a jaundiced view of physical combat and were inclined to ignore the martial arts.

I will continue with this later on but for now, a video montage using CCTV clips posted over on mainland’s “youku”.

A little Baji, Wing Chun, Hua Quan and Shaolin ….. now tell me, how is a few “official” documents going to tell the whole story …….

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