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About the Crane Style of Kung Fu

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“Kung-Fu is a way of life. You must put your mind as well as your body to achieve the true spirit of Kung-Fu.

(Grand Master) J.V.Fletcher
Hok Koon (Crane Fist) Kung-Fu is a derivative of Pak Hok (White Crane) Kung-Fu. The regal spirit of the White Crane inspired what may be considered as the most elegantly beautiful and most deadly of all the Chinese Kung-Fu systems.

The classic White Crane self-defence forms contain an unexpected deadly beauty, especially devastating against an aggressive opponent. This spectacular school of boxing was secretly developed in Tibet. It was introduced to middle and southern China during the Ming dynasty.

Chinese folklore

Chinese folklore relates that some five hundred years ago Orcartor, a Tibetan lama, was peacefully meditating next to a small lake. His tranquil contemplation was harshly interrupted by the sounds and trumpeting of a White Crane and a huge ape engaged in fierce combat. The Lama observed that the ape, with its massive muscles, expected to easily crush the graceful, spindle legged bird. The ape charged into the Crane attempting an immediate kill. The tall bird evaded the potentially overwhelming onslaught manoeuvring its body away from the grasping grip of the advancing ape. The crane used its powerful wings for balance and evasion whilst exhibiting perfect composure. It repeatedly reacted to the strong charges of the ape by unleashing its rapier like beak. With unerring accuracy, the Crane struck at the vulnerable points of his opponent to discourage the apparently overpowering attack. The ape, after losing an eye, finally retreated into the trees as the crane returned unruffled to its nest to resume the protection of its eggs.

White Crane Fist

Orcartor, after witnessing this amazing confrontation, became fascinated with the elegance and effectiveness of the crane. He became obsessed with the idea of incorporating the cranes' precise and effective manoeuvres into a humanised combat system. After much trial and error, Orcartor perceived the principles that could be adapted to human physical actions. He created various natural flowing movements based on the crane’s abilities to subdue a much stronger aggressor. Many refinements later, Tibetan monks named the by then complex and systematised form Pak Hok Ch’uan, the “White Crane Fist”. The Tibetan lamas eventually agreed to share their self-defence secrets with the Imperial bodyguards of the Emperor and Empress of China. They decided that the crane’s majestic manoeuvres were well suited to the protection of Chinese royalty.


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Hok Koon Kung Fu
Trimpley Village Hall
School Lane
DY12 1NZ

Every Sunday
10am-11am Children
11am-1pm Adults

(Adults can train full three hours at no extra cost)

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07834 326 978
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