What is Shaolin Long Fist / Changquan?
Chángquán (simplified Chinese: 长拳; traditional Chinese: 長拳; pinyin: Chángquán; literally: 'Long Fist') refers to a family of external (as opposed to internal) martial arts (kung fu) styles from northern China.
The forms of the Long Fist style emphasize fully extended kicks and striking techniques, and by appearance would be considered a long-range fighting system. In some Long Fist styles the motto is that "the best defense is a strong offense," in which case the practitioner launches a preemptive attack so aggressive that the opponent doesn't have the opportunity to attack. Others emphasize defense over offense, noting that nearly all techniques in Long Fist forms are counters to attacks. Long Fist uses large, extended, circular movements to improve overall body mobility in the muscles, tendons, and joints. Advanced Long Fist techniques include qin na joint-locking techniques and shuai jiao throws and takedowns.
The Long Fist style is considered to contain a good balance of hand and foot techniques, but in particular it is renowned for its impressive acrobatic kicks. In demonstration events, Long Fist techniques are most popular and memorable for their whirling, running, leaping, and acrobatics. Contemporary changquan moves are difficult to perform, requiring great flexibility and athleticism comparable to that of gymnastics.
Long Fist's arsenal of kicks covers everything from a basic front toe-kick to a jumping back-kick, from a low sweep to a tornado-kick.
What will I be learning?
Shaolin Kung Fu Basic Skills
Tan Tui (潭腿) or Springing Legs
Lian Bu Quan (連步拳) - Consecutive Linking Step Fist
Gong Li Quan (功力拳) or Power Fist Form
Shaolin Kung Fu Intermediate Skills
Shaolin Staff 13 Basics Form
Qi Mei Gun
Yin Shou Gun
Yi Lu Mai Fu (一路埋伏） or First Road of Ambush
Er Lu Mai Fu （二路埋伏） or Second Road of Ambush
Shi Zi Tang (十字趟) or Crossing Sequence
Xiao Hu Yan (小 虎 燕) or Little Tiger Swallow
San Lu Pao (三路跑) or Three Ways of Running
Si Lu Cha Quan (四路查拳) or Fourth Way of Cha's Fist
Si Lu Ben Za (四路奔砸 ) or Four Way of Running and Smashing
Shaolin Kung Fu Advanced Skills