The White Crane Style
In spite of his fighting skills in Monk Fist Boxing, a vicious gang wallop Fang Zhonggong and later he died from his injuries. His daughter Fang Qiniang vowed revenge on her father’s murderers. But how could she defeat them when they beat her own father, her teacher in Monk’s Fist so badly? She pondered this question while mourning her loss.
One day, Fang Qiniang spotted two cranes fighting in a bamboo grove outside her home. She tried to frighten them off with a long pole, but they evaded her with ease. Although small and delicate, they defended themselves with precise and strategic maneuvers.
Finally, she had the answer to her question.
Through careful study of the instinctive defensive movements of the white crane, Fang Qiniang “came to understand the central principles of hard and soft and yielding to power.” When she combined these new revelations with her father’s Monk Fist techniques, she created the White Crane style of kungfu.
So goes the legend of Fang Qiniang, as related in the opening sentences of the Okinawan Bubishi. A woman founded The White Crane style on “principles of hard and soft and yielding to power.” The white crane is elusive, until suddenly, it strikes. Inner force of spirit must come with physical strength. The traditional Okinawan styles of karate later incorporated these ideas.