Here is an interesting TV program on white crane kung-fu (Baihequan Fujian White Crane Boxing) from Chinese TV. You’ll be pleased to know that it has English subtitles! :-)
Of particular interest to those who practice Goju-Ryu, Shito-Ryu, Uechi-ryu, etc will be the discussion on White Crane’s Sanchin starting at 18:25. There is also an interesting section at 28:30 on the various theories of origin of White Crane Boxing. I hope you enjoy it and thank to Stuart Squire for sharing.
All the best,
Baihequan Fujian White Crane Boxing
“White Crane Style (Chinese: 白鶴拳) is a Southern Chinese martial art which originated in Fujian (福建) province and is now practiced throughout the world. According to oral traditions, the creation of this style is attributed to Fāng Qīniáng, a female martial artist. The characteristics of this style are deep rooted stances, intricate hand techniques and fighting mostly at close range as if to imitate a pecking bird. The flying crane style however has a greater amount of long range techniques although it too does prefer close quarters hand oriented combat, which simulates the flapping of the wings.
Five Ancestors as well as various styles of Karate, notably Goju-ryu, Chitō-ryū and Uechi-ryu, obtained the routine San Chian / San Zhan (Mandarin) from Fujian White Crane. San Chian is best known by the Japanese pronunciation of its name: Sanchin.