Wu Family Boxing

Wu Jia Quan (Mou Gar Kune, C.) is one of the boxing arts of Hunan province,it was created in FuJian, Ting prefecture by Wu Bi Da (1751 1812).The earliest ancestors of this school were known as “Yu” Boxing (with an archaic surname), which was gradually transformed into “Wu Jia Quan”.  As a young child Wu Bi Da practiced Southern Shaolin Lian Cheng (Precious) Boxing, in his early years he travelled widely gaining fame, developing a style of his own. During the booming last years of the Qing dynasty, Wu settled down in Xiang Dan, successively teaching Li Da Kui, Feng Nan Shan and his brother Feng Lian Shan.

Wu Jia Quan uses empty steps, fixed steps as its principle footwork, utilizing high steps and short moves. Its hand methods use many curved wrapping actions, adding much skill to elbow (folding) techniques. Movements are short and tight, hiding the body and concentrating the qi. The main emphasis is on generating “inch” power, issuing all movement from the waist, with the body postures aiding in explosive issuance of power, deriving from quiet movement,advancing the body without advancing the hand.

When viewing Wu Jia Quan one is struck by its unique form of movement. It resembles a Chen  Tai Chi player performing White Eyebrow or Wing Chun. The feet move continually, the hands wrap without ceasing. The body posture has almost no horse or low stances with the back heel continually coming off the ground and the waist unceasingly twisting and turning. The hand moves are almost casual with an emphasis on “Cun Jing”.

Important forms include
Six Unicorn Elbows
Six Tian character Elbows
Six Straight Hand Elbows
Six Rocking Door Elbows
Six Single Hanging Elbows
Three Stake Six Elbows
as well as Detecting Stregnth Boxing and others…

Link to a demonstration of Wu Jia Quan by seventh generation disciple Liu GuangHui

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