White Crane Fist: Baihequán

Baihequán translates as "White Crane Fist".  In this context "Fist" implies a refined or 'soft' martial art, as it does for Tàijíquán ("supreme ultimate fist").  The art, as we know of it, originates from Fujian province in Southern China.  As a 'soft' martial art our system cultivates mind awareness and intention coupled with muscular relaxation to create synchronised and fluid whole-body movement, instead of relying on speed and gross physical power.  In this respect it has much more in common with Tàijíquán than it does with Kung Fu or Karate.

Putting it into perspective with Tàijíquán, Wee Kee Jin explained that White Crane is based on similar fundamental principles and if we regard White Crane as an uncut diamond, then Tàijíquán is the polished stone.  The message here is that White Crane will build a good foundation of synchronised whole-body movement and relaxed force, enabling the more subtle methods in Tàijíquán to be developed quicker.


Some White Crane systems specialise in the Whooping Crane, Feeding Crane, Flying Crane and Sleeping Crane etc, and are regarded as separate styles.  Master Huang's view was that they are different aspects of one style, and so within our system all of them might be found.