For those of you who are familiar with 56, I think you’ll agree that it’s not the most navigable of sites, Chinese or otherwise…

Only found out about this Chinese video sharing site when a friend wrote to tell me that one of my White Crane clips got reposted there from youtube.

Actually, this site holds some real gems; if only you know how to find them.

Me? I bookmarked the main “Wushu” page and take it from there; working through a real labyrinth sometimes just to be rewarded with some real goodies…so it’s worth the search.

Anyway, November is going to be a real hectic month for me; got friends and students from the US visiting; most will be spending 1 to 2 weeks here.

Already, I spent a day with some masters here in Kuching to notify them about the approaching visits…..touch hands sessions are in order…..

Then there are other places to be included during their visits; some jungle trekking, caving, native villages to experience …. Off the beaten tracks kind of schedule.

So for now, some clips I found over at 56 :-

Choy Li Fut:

Tai Chi Combat:

Wuzu Sanchin:Interesting that I should find this version of Sanchin on 56 done by a mainland Sifu. This is the version I saw years ago at a performance during a anniversary dinner held by my White Crane school….I was just a kid back then  🙂

鸣鹤拳 Whooping Crane.

October 25, 2008



鸣鹤拳的发劲方法,也是气沉丹田,劲由腰起,下至足,使两足落地如生根,再从两足由下往上发于全身各部。这种劲较为明显地表现为两手有显著的颤抖之感,吹 抖的频率很快。每次发出颤吹劲时,两手有显著的弹劲,不断地颤抖,待劲催达顶端时突然出击,使之有一寸劲

鸣鹤拳的这种发劲方法需要长年累月不间断地锻炼,并非在一、二个月的时间内即可练成的。只有经过平时刻苦的训练,使身体各部的柔韧性得到进一步提高,肌肉 的弹性和活动性不断得到加强,神经肌肉的活动反应迅速,同时收缩力加强,再加上气沉丹田,以气催劲,以声助力,这样发出来的劲才会成为鸣鹤拳里的那种 。所以鸣鹤拳的套路以外观来说比宗鹤拳的拳势更为激烈,勇猛矫健,且富有阳刚之美。

鸣鹤拳跟其他三种鹤拳一样,也是以三战为其本,故练举时也应首先练好三战,而且要一年三百六十天持续不断地练,拳不离手,使之熟而生巧。巧而生妙。只有练 好了三战,才能使动作协调,才谈得上手、眼,身、法、步、气、力、功的紧密配合。这就是鸣鹤拳老前辈时常说的三战为先。端正为务



鸣鹤拳在训练时也以套路出现,如练三战后还得转入四门(即方向打四方)。在套路训练中体力消耗大,有起、伏、转、拆,上、下、左、右出入,还得配合吞、吐 1浮、沉,变化也十分复杂。在呼吸时,多以胸式呼吸引向腹式呼吸,当胸式呼吸受到一定限制时.就多以腹式呼吸为主,有时由于动作上的要求使腹肌十分紧张, 又多侧重于胸式呼吸,有时还得阔气。这些正确的呼吸形式、乃是保证正确运动的重要因素。同样,正确的动作也可以提高呼吸机能的水平,提高人体的换气量,增 强人体各器官的机能。

By far, one of the most accurate descriptions  posted on Fuzhou Whooping Crane; this piece is extracted from a Crane Fist forum.

For those of you who understand Mandarin, the “inch power” mentioned in not some “advance” method of execution but rather one of the characteristics of Whooping Crane’s style of whipping.

And the author, I suspect must be a Whooping Crane high-hand, rightly pointed out that after the fundamental “SanChin” is the “4 Doors” concept training.

TaiZu uses the same training concept and after the “4 Doors”, you go on to “5 gates 8 methods”.

The “5 gates” here refers to attacking zones that old masters frequently use when talking about fighting principles.

Like for instance, in Por Suk’s Wing Chun, they have a set of drills known as “guarding the 5 Lotus points”….

This part :-


is the essence of Whooping Crane’s Sanchin.

The unique aspect of Whooping Crane Sanchin is the addition of 5 element hands and the end result is now known as “San Jin” or “3 Advances”.


Tai Zu and San Cheen Do.

August 21, 2008

Our handed down history maintains that Southern Tai Chor is a derivative of Song Tai Zu’s Northern system.

Of course many theories abound about the source of Southern Tai Zu and there is no way of ascertaining which the real one is.

This much I do know; our Tai Zu consists of:-

  • Sanchin forms
  • 4 gates
  • Lohan

And a full-range of typical southern weapons training….

My personal take is that the Lohans characterize the “northern” root; the only forms in our repertoire that manifest the “one stance one technique” structure with bigger and more “flamboyant” postures and techniques.

The other forms revolve mainly around defending the 3 gates without exposing the rib cage – the “egg under elbow” typical Fukien fashion of execution found in systems like White Crane etc…

Ah Teck is very choosy about teaching his Lohan forms and so far, I have only seen him performed this couple of times in public.

A further verification of importance of Lohan; the logo he designed is based on a Lohan posture….

Talk to any CKF exponents from my generation and they’ll tell you that names like:-

  • Chong Beng Joo
  • Teo Choon Teck
  • Yeo Cheng Kiat
  • David Kee

were gigantic in the world of “breaking”.

Back then, they were all trying to outdo each other in terms of breaking feats; all in the name of friendly competition.

I’ve seen how they applied bone/flesh onto iron rods, solid red bricks, tiles and hardened urns in manners that defied logic.

But then again, I’ve also witnessed and experienced all the behind-the-scene training in San Cheen Do.

The old CKF saying “Ten years of hard work off- stage for 10 minutes glory on- stage”.

True true, how very true…..

San Cheen Do is essentially “Tai Chor” or Taizu.

Fundamental training is pretty generic – stances, basic hand techniques, kicks and throws but after about 6 months to a year, the focal point is on “San Cheen” or more commonly spelled as “Sanchin”.

We learn and drill 3 San Cheen forms thoroughly – “sky”, “earth” and “man” San Cheen in Tai Chor’s terminology.

There are many beliefs about Sanchin – breathing, dynamic tension, cultivation of mind/body co-ordination but to Ah Teck, Sanchin is ,first and foremost, “iron body training”.

To teach the body to take impacts and toughen the limbs to break opponent’s attacking limbs and body.

Here are some pics of San Cheen Do “iron body” in action and let’s me just say, Ah Teck is very fond of kicking /punching your throat, solar plexus etc etc when you are doing Sanchin forms.

Just like “Candid Camera” you know – when you least expects it……

Breaking coconut using forehead.

Ah Teck and iron rod bent into his rid cage.

That’s glass chips that Ah Teck is jumping on.

Ah Teck smashing roof tiles into his brother’s head.

Wooden log rammed into Ah Teck mid -section.

San Cheen Do Singapore.

August 19, 2008

Something that I should do more – talk about my Tai Chor Sifu, Teo Choon Teck.

Ah Teck, as he likes to be addressed, studied both Tai Chor and Ngo Chor under GM Quek Yong Hor and GM Lim Wee Cheok respectively.

His brothers were involved in martial arts like Karate, Judo and Muay Thai and together they founded “San Cheen Do” or “The way of Sanchin”.

A strong proponent of “practical training”, San Cheen Do produced many “lui tai” champions in Singapore who represented the country in many regional tournaments.

Some pics first :-