Wanderer’s Sect.

December 6, 2009

The Hakka people belong to a subgroup of the Han Chinese people based in the provinces of Guangdong, Jiangxi, and Fujian in China. Their ancestors were often said to have arrived from what is today’s central China centuries ago. It is said that in a series of migrations, the Hakkas moved, settled in their present locations in southern China, and then migrated overseas to various countries throughout the world. They have had a significant influence on the course of Chinese and overseas Chinese history: in particular, they have been a source of revolutionary, political, and military leaders.

Read more here.

Geeeze, I didn’t know Chow Yun-Fat, Thaksin Shinawatra and Abhisit Vejjajiva , the previous and now Prime Minister of Thailand are Hakka……

But then again, what do I know?

The Hakka, gypsies or wanderers and treated as “Ke” or “guests” often had to fight the locals and that resulted in their practical down-to-earth styles that you see today.

I came to Sarawak in search of Fuzhou styles but the big bonus discovery must the many Hakka styles that managed to remain true to the traditions – nothing added and nothing taken away.

These are folks who use their arts to fight and kill and nothing in their 200 – 300 years experience in this region suggest any need to “modernize” or “improve”.

A good tool is a good tool, the packaging doesn’t matter.

Here’s a clip featuring “Liu Min Kian” or “Wanderer’s Fist” from Taiwan.

You know when Troy said in the earlier entry that he considers” White Crane to be very freeing and both the energy transmission and improvisational movement reminds him of what he enjoyed most about western boxing.” …..some of you must be wondering what that meant.

White Crane, like most other CKF, starts off in a much formalized structured manner to build strong basics.

At a certain point, you go above the “shape” and its all intent or essence.

But you need the forms to get there and you train your forms mindful of the intended end.

So when we say in Fuzhou Crane “Body like willow, hands like bullets” – this is the state that you have to achieve.

Here’s a Crane clip that shows this concept well:-