This documentary called “Kung Fu Quest 2” made by RTHK covers the connection between Karate and White Crane Kung Fu. Karate practitioners travel around Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan and Okinawa to locate experts of White Crane Kung Fu and Karate (Goju Ryu).
White Crane Kung Fu is one of the 5 Fujian (Fukien) Southern Shaolin Boxing Traditions. There are also sub branches of the Southern White Crane tradition: Flying Crane, Crying Crane, Sleeping Crane and Feeding Crane (there’s also the “Ancestral Crane” – Bai He).
Goju Ryu Karate, is one of the systems on the Ryukyu islands that hail from the White Crane tradition via Ryu Ryu Ko, the master who taught Kanryo Higaonna (Higashionna). Many Karate historians believe that Ryu Ryu Ko is actually the famous White Crane master “Xie Chongxiang”. Kanryo Higaonna’s Karate became widely known as “Naha Te”, which later became the basis of Goju Ryu Karate.
In this documentary, the Karate practitioners visit:
- Master Li Kong a teacher of Yong Chun White Crane and also called the “Iron Pen” of the Martial Arts in Hong Kong.
- Master Su Yinghan, a teacher of Yong Chun White Crane in Yongchun, Fujian province, China.
- The Weng Gong Ci Martial Gym (famous Yongchun White Crane center) in Yongchun.
- Master Yu Dan Chiu in Fuzhou, Fujian province, a teacher of Crying Crane (lineage of Master Xie Chongxiang).
- Taiwan (city of Tainan) and a visit to Feeding Crane teacher, Master Liu Chang Yi
- The dojo of Morio Higaonna sensei
- And the Okinawan Martial Arts Museum and Tetsuhiro Hokama sensei
It should be noted that Yongchun is Wing Chun in Cantonese. While Wing Chun and White Crane are both systems born out of the Southern Shaolin traditions, they display different principles and are not the same…
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