Something that has captured my imagination for some time now -” 3 Royal Cannon Fists”.

Love those big and crisp movements displayed throughout this system.

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Working on some videos that I have collected to insert into that site also.






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Shr Zi Zhan.

August 20, 2008

Just posted another promo clip over at youtube and I just want to share some experience here…

“Shr Zhi Zhan Quan” or “Character 10 Battle” – one of the Jin Wu’s standard forms.

Many years ago, when I was still serving in the Singapore Army; we got a mandatory draft system there; I met someone by the name of Andrew Lim.

Andrew was a “hardcore” northern stylist (ahem! “hardcore” read as “prejudiced”) who was training over at Singapore Jin Wu Association.

A really pleasant fellow, just don’t mention southern kung fu to him; his reaction was typically “you southern guys are lazy, no enough stretching or jumping blah blah blah”.

Not to be mistaken for a modern Wushu player, Andrew was all about “fighting”; we were sparring as often as we could in the army base where we were attached.

We became close friends and I visited him numerous times to watch him and his school trained.

Besides Jin Wu, Andrew was also training with another “Bak Siu Lum” rooftop school and this was where they did all his sanda training.

Basically a splinter group of Jin Wu, they only did 4 empty hand forms – Tan Tui (12 roads), Gung Li, Shr Zhi Zhan and Jie Quan.

But it was the 2 man drills that really impressed me – they would take techniques out of the 4 forms and turned them into pre-arranged sparring techniques.

I got to say that I concur with some folks who think that original CKF training was san shou drills that evolved into solo forms.

Watching those northern guys trained made it all plausible to my mind.


GM Wong Pak Chung, 7 Stars Praying Mantis Chin Woo, is so fast that I swear I got to tell him to slow down sometimes for the camera to catch details….

Fanzi Quan 翻子拳

March 12, 2008

Fanzi Quan or tumbling boxing is also known as Bashanfan (eight-flash boxing). It is so called because of its eight major flashing movements, which are executed as fast as lightning and thunderclaps. The movements in tumbling boxing are varied and unbroken.

The Fanzi Quan ballad says: “Wu Mu has passed down the FanziQuan which has mystery in its straightforward movements.”  

Wu Mu is the other name for Yue Fei, a famous general of the Southern Song Dynasty. Some people have taken this to mean that Fanzi Quan was created by Yue Fei, but no historical record has verified this.

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From Wikipedia:-

Until at least the Ming Dynasty (13681644), Fānziquán was known as Bāshǎnfān (Chinese: 八閃翻; literally “8 flash tumbles”), or “8 evasive tumbles”.

Fānziquán is often taught in conjunction with Chuōjiǎo, not unlike how Xíngyìquán and Bāguàzhǎng are often taught together. The routines of Chuōjiǎo, with its kicks, wide open stances and focus on hard power, were known as Martial Routines and those of Fānziquán, with their more compact movements combining soft and hard power, were known as Scholarly Routines, which is why the Chuōjiǎo Fānziquán combination is known as “Martial-Scholar”.

Both Fānziquán and Chuōjiǎo are associated with the 12th century Song Dynasty general Yue Fei and the association between the two may date that far back. However, as a legendary figure, Yue Fei has had many martial arts attributed to him, including Eagle Claw and Xíngyìquán.

Nonetheless, the association between the two is old enough that by the mid-19th century, Zhao Canyi, a general in the failed Taiping Rebellion, was a master of both styles.

After the failure of the rebellion, Zhao went into seclusion in Hebei Province in Raoyang, where he taught Fānziquán, which emphasizes the hands, to the Wang family and Chuōjiǎo, which emphasizes the feet, to the Duan family.

During practice, the families would exchange techniques.




Another youku clip to share before I move on to other topics.

Something labeled as “Eagle Crane Hands”.

Again from where I am looking, this strikes as another “Northern” set.

I do see some Ying Chow like movements but where is the “crane”?

I just don’t get it…

Do you ?