Buddha Hand Wing Chun

Fut Sao Wing Chun Kung Fuby James CamaThe word “pai” in the name of the system Wing Chun Pai means “sect” or “faction.” Within its family there are definitely smaller groups which could rightly be termed “pai.” One of these is the rarely seen Buddha Hand branch named after a monk known by that name; it passes through Gao Jhi Fut Sao to Henry Leung and finally the author of the new book, Sifu James Cama. This is a comparison text with many pictures showing the particulars of this method including a pretty rare two-person Sil Lin Tao. This book also, rather obviously, comes out of a very special relationship between teacher and student and belongs on the desk of those people really interested in Wing Chun, Southern Hands, the pervasive “Buddha Palm” concept of Southern styles (what is that anyway?) and Kung Fu in general. The first book we know of detailing Fut Sao Wing Chun in English.

3 Responses to “Buddha Hand Wing Chun”

  1. Miron says:

    I’ve always believed the “Buddha Palm” concept to be the foundational 18 Arhat Hands of Shaolin. Also known as 18 Buddha Hands or Buddha Palm, it’s supposed to be based on Da Mo’s legendary exercises. However, either these exercises either were lost with time, or more likely they continued to develop and to be incorporated into a myriad styles of both kung fu and chi kung. The original Yi Jin Jing (Sinew Changing Classic) and Xi Sui Jing (Marrow Washing Classic) are probably lost today, though many modern versions still exist. One example is the intriguing Esoteric Martial Arts of Zen: Training Methods from the Patriarch by Ed Orem, which includes surprisingly detailed forms of the Shi Pa Lohan Shou (18 Arhat Hands) and Yi Jin Jing. However, as the author demands three years of daily practice for each, I cannot testify to the value of the exercises or their origin, which the author does not give. Another example is the still-in-print Shaolin Lohan Kung-Fu from Tuttle Publishing, showing a Lohan form from Southeast Asia. I think we can understand the Buddha Palm as a synonym for Shaolin kung fu, whose association with wing chun is well established. Wing chun’s crane characteristics (one of its two foundational styles) also connect it to tai chi and white crane. Cheers!

  2. Plum Staff says:

    Yes, that’s the standard chronology. I actually learned the Yi Jin Jing from Shaolin monk, DaChen, when he toured the US. Since we have woodblock prints of the postures, thought done some time latr, we can assume a pretty accurate version deriving from the Shaolin Temple.

    This is especially evident in that Da Chen’s postures were at least fifty per cent “yogic” in shape and style. (I really have to pass this on through a seminar one day.) In Southern styles we often see Fu (Buddha) transformed to Fut, and is generally a reference as you say to the Shaolin Temple. In Cama Sifu’s version, one source teacher actually had the name Fut Sao as his religious name and therefore, in this case, the reference is a little stronger giving, as Southern styles do, credit to a real person.

  3. Edgar Yogi Rodriguez says:

    In case you have not been informed,Sifu James Camas’s book came out on aug 14 2014 and on Aug 15 Sifu Passed away. He was a truly humble and gifted teacher R,I,P, Sifu James Camas..

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