White Crane Fist: Baihequán

Baihequán translates as "White Crane Fist".  In this context "Fist"  ( quán) implies a refined or 'soft' martial art, as it does for Tàijíquán.  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 raw 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, enabling the more subtle methods in Tàijíquán to be developed quicker.

 

Although our system is based in the Whooping Crane system, it was Huang Sheng Shyan's view that the Feeding Crane, Flying Crane and Sleeping Crane etc, are different aspects of one style, and so within our system all of them might be found.