Chinese Kung Fu is Coming Back!

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The greatest Kung Fu panda is coming bakc on May 26th, 2011!

 Kung Fu Panda is coming!

Since five years ago, the overweight panda Po has won a great number of fans. Now, he is coming back to bring us a new enthusiasm of Chinese Kung Fu, as well as Chinese culture.

Are you a kung fu fanatic like the panda Po?

In the first film, as a kung fu fanatic, Po idolizes the Furious Five-Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Viper, and Crane. In reality, these five kinds of animals really have a great effect on Chinese Kung fu, especially the Pictographic Boxing( or animal-imitation boxing), which named due to its varieties of actions imitating one kind of animal.

Let’s see what the five most important pictographic boxings are!






  • Monkey boxing (or Hou Quan)

 mongkey boxing

Monkey boxing  is named due to its varieties of actions imitating a monkey. This style was first mentioned in Chinese history from 206 B.C.-220 A.D.

In the development process, Monkey Boxing formed different genres and technical styles, but the basic gist is the same, namely achieving 22 words in eyes, body, hands, steps and other parts of the body:

 10 characters refer to the air of the whole movement:

Strong, soft, light, nimble, weak, dexterous, dodging, flashing, soul, beam

8 characters refer to the upper limbs approach:  

Grasping, swinging, mining, cutting, holding, taking, buckling, retorting

4 characters refer to legs approach:

Winding, treading, kicking and bouncing

Monkey Boxing requires similar image, true meaning, secret techniques, light steps and active body.

Similar image: the appearance must resemble monkeys, such as shrugging, shrinking necking, round back, recoil, bending elbow, vertical wrist, lower the knees, and so on.

True meaning: similarity in spirit, showing the spirit of monkeys.

A secret technique: the techniques must be compact and coherent, with ups and downs as well as rhythms.

Light step: the step must quick and light.

Active body: the body must be flexible and nimble.


  • Tiger Boxing (or Hu Quan)


tiger boxing

Tiger Boxing is one of the local boxing in Fujian Province. It belongs to Southern Boxing category and is also known as Dragon Style.

Tiger Boxing was created by Li Yuanzhu from Yongfu County during the period of Emperor Qianlong in Qing Dynasty. Li began to practice martial arts since childhood, and was expertise in cattle boxing, lion boxing and many other martial arts.

The main routines of Tiger Boxing include: three fights (three arrows) four gates, tigers dashing down a mountain, short horn, cutting hands, “Qian” Trace Movement, Tigers swinging claws, and so on.


  • Crane Boxing (or He Quan)

  crane boxing

The Crane stylist prefers a harmonious environment and would sooner walk away from a conflict than even consider partaking in it. The Crane Stylist is a dancer, the most beautiful mover of all the Shaolin Animals. It forms a beautiful, graceful and full of elegance. All movements, each turn and hop, each pause have a meaning, often a Crane stylists practice of form will look more like a dance. They are very light on their feet and can be mistaken for Ballet Dancers at the highest level

The Crane Stylist has no Weapons. As with the Crane, all parts are tools, wings, claws and beak. Much so for the Crane Stylist, there are no special tools, hand shapes or teaches. Everything results from a movement. The Crane Stylist would not use any strong technique, choosing first to avoid and attack and whilst moving to safety and ‘accidental’ foot, hand or beak could land on the opponent. In no way would the Crane stylist go out of their way to apply a technique, all would be incidental to the move of escaping and avoiding; dancing away.

  • Snake Boxing (or She Quan)

  snake boxing

Snake Boxing is created following the snake’s behaviors.

Action should alternate hardness with softness, open and close properly. Emphasize on soft force, and combine pliability with toughness. Upper limbs and flank should be soft and easy to control; pelvic limbs should be steady and flexible. Make sure that the stance is flexible and the stake is firm and steady. Actual combat requires the body vibrate and the stance change, cope with the situation flexibly.

Main routines of Snake Boxing are composed of many animal-imitation actions. These actions mainly imitate the circling, flexion and extension, swallowing and stretching of the snakes. The movements should be flexible, link the whole body tightly and move forward along the wave curve. Almost all the schools of martial arts contain Snake Boxing.

  • Mantis Boxing (or Tanglang Quan)

 mantis boxing 

Mantis Boxing was created by Wang Lang (Jimo, Shandong province) during the period of the Emperor Wu in Liang Dynasty. Wang was enlightened by the actions of the mantis stalking the cicada, absorbed the advantages of the quickness, nimbleness, and the forefoot striking action of the mantis, and created Mantis Boxing on the base of Shaolin Chang Quan.

Mantis boxing is a class of boxing that contains short and length, hardness and softness, fast and powerful. Basic hand techniques are imitation of the forepaws of the mantis, like a hook, so it was called paw of mantis.

It emphasizes on fighting according to its movement, looking for the weakness of the opponent and hit his weak point, fighting in order to defend, hitting and smashing hardly and firmly.

Boxing techniques include: smashing, flipping, chopping, picking, jumping, and hooking, etc. Routines are well-structured, and handily linked. Strength is strong but not stiff, soft but not weak, and combines long boxing with short boxing. It is fast and agile, with the image of the mantis.