Methods of White Crane Boxing Passed Down From Generations
Yongchun Zheng Li-Shu's Teaching Text: no author, evidence indicates
that this was written in the Qing dynasty. This manual has two
parts: the first called Fist Methods taught at BaiLian Temple.
The second part shows treatments for internal and external injuries.
This is not a simple translation and there is a good deal of vernacular
in the Chinese. The numerous anatomical charts are quite quaint.
Teaching Handed Down from The White Crane Immortal Teacher": Written
in the Qing dynasty, Emperor Qian Long (1736-95) period. The author,
was called Lin Dong. And he was a fifth generation inheritor.
Of the entire set this manual contains the most information on
the guiding principles of the four forms of Crane Boxing; i.e.
Feeding Crane, Flying Crane, Perching Crane, Whooping Crane. Much
of this material may be lucky to survive as some was destroyed
in a fire and this comes from a hand copied edition. This material
- with illustrations of figures - is probably the most "hands
on " of the volumes with descriptions of evasive methods,
strikes and other fundamental elements of the art.
Authentic Methods of White Crane Boxing: No author listed. This
text appears to have been written before than the other manuals.
This book emphasizes combat applications and features several
Major Points: Zheng Qiao, a
5th generation inheritor, is
the author here. This text was written around 1795. Its literary
style is more common and its attitude more practical. It summarizes
Zheng Qiao's experiences teaching the White Crane Boxing system.
Taoyuan Boxing: Taoyuan is not a real place. It is a Utopian land
of harmony that fits in a number of legends, particularly Taoist
ones. The town of Yong Chun (not related to Wing Chun Style) was
also known as "Taoyuan" a very long time ago. The Yong
Chun area is very important in the history of White Crane Boxing.
It has a section on opponents which discusses practical fighting
situations. Xiao Bao Shi, its author, was a 5th generation disciple.
The manual comes from the Qing dynasty, circa 1796.
"White Crane Boxing's Founder Fang Qi-Niang": Written sometime
in late Qing dynasty this manual is not attributed to any author.
This book discusses teaching methodology. It suggests that the
"Three Battles" form be the first
practice set. The Three Battles form acknowledged as the model
for San Chin Kata; a very important element of many karate styles.