Three Star Cannon
Paochui or the three-emperor cannon Chuan is also known as the Cannon
are the three stars? The form of boxing is said to originate with
the three legendary emperors FuXi, ShenNong and GongGong all figures
from prehistoric China. Each of these emperors represented Heaven,
Earth and Humanity. Cannon boxing is popular in BeiJing, HeBei, ShanXi,
ShanDong, LiaoNing, HeNan and JiLin. This style uses rapid and strong
punches like the firing of a cannon.
is chronicled that at the turn of the Ming Dynasty into the Qing (around
1644) a monk PuZhao wandered in the area of ErMei Mountain, SiChuan
Province. He met a Taoist priest and learned a form of boxing from
him. Monk PuZhao taught Qiao SanXiu and Gan GenChi somewhere around
the time of the KangXi and YongZhen emperors. His student, Qiao, was
taught to utilize a core of softness with hardness on the outside.
Gan was taught the opposite method. Two styles were therefore developed
along these lines. During the Emperor ChienLung time Qiao San Xiu
taught Qiao He Ling. At the same time Gan Feng Chi's disciples have
disappeared into history.
Qiao branch was passed on decades later to Song Mai Lung and Yu Lian
Deng. This also varied the style in that Yu kept to the original Cannon
Fist while Song combined it with over 12 schools to create many new
forms and his invention of "three-hand" holds.
caused the style to be divided into Song Branch and Yu Branch boxing.
San Huang Pao Chui is based on principles of Yin and Yang, hard and
sosft, substantial and insubstantial, attack and defense and attack
and retreat. In other words, all the classical considerations of Kung
Fu as a military art as well as a personal fighting art. Some of the
distinctive movements are a cross body double punch; a thrust punch
much like in the Tan Tui style, a distinct mixing of short and long
moves; some unusual Long Fist strikes. Its power looks firm but there
is softness hidden within it.
Chinese books on Cannon