Fujian Bai He Quan (白鶴拳, Fujian White Crane)
Fukien White Crane, Pai Ho Chuan (Fukien Bak Hok) is credited as the progenitor of the Southern Hand of Kung Fu. Arts such as Southern Preying Mantis, Bak Mei, Southern Dragon, Southern Snake, Wing Chun, Wa Lu, etc share a striking resemblance to Fujian White Crane. They are either derived from Fujian crane or were influenced by it. Sometimes it’s just called Fukien Boxing, since it can be thought of as a specialized class of martial arts with many subsets.
According to the oral history, Fang Qianang (方七娘) founded the art. She learned Shaolin martial arts from her father and combined them with Taoist practices. She was visited by a Celestial Crane who inspired her to create the Fujian White Crane system.
The Fukien White Crane we teach comes from Christopher Casey’s Chinese Boxing, who inherited it from S.Y. Chen, P.C. Hsieh, and the Hong Men Huei. Master Chen was regarded as one of the Five Tigers of Taiwan and Master Hsieh was a bodyguard for Chang Kai Shek. The vast curriculum includes many empty hand forms, Joint Hands, specialized drills, weapons, Mook training, apparatus, ground fighting, Chin Na, Shuai Shiao, Kong Sao, conditioning (e.g. iron palm, iron body), Qigong, Yi Gong, Shen Gong, Sun Da, medicine, etc.