Lien Bu Quan was propagated at the Nan Jing Guo Shu Guan and is now practiced in many different Northern Chinese martial arts systems. The routine is one of the centerpieces of foundational training in Northern Shaolin Long Fist.
Lien Bu Quan literally translates to Consecutive or Continuous Linking Step Form. Lien Bu Quan originates from its' own system of Kung Fu. But, over time it has been generically just accepted as a Shaolin Form. This form is still taught today in the Chinese Army and as part of the physical education program in school. Also it is seen as Hsing Yi Form by some schools.
Lien Bu Quan is proported to be named after the south western province which made it famous. Some claim this is also known as Szechwan Linked Fist.
Lien Bu Quan is broken down into 4 sections of form. Though the form is broken down into lines or sections, it is meant to be practiced as one complete set. By breaking the movements down we are able to give you the details needed to learn each movement by itself, then you will be able to link the movements together. It is more important that each movement be done correctly, then fast. So, you can go as fast as you like as long as you do each movement perfectly.
Lien Bu Quan is considered a beginner form and at New Life Kung Fu is taught after the student learns 12 road Tan Tui.
When learning this form, one gets a sense of the connection and respect bestowed on past masters and seniors. These are important aspects that are essential in all traditional martial arts schools.
Whether this is your first time learning Lien Bu Quan or whether this routine is already part of your martial arts curriculum, it is important to spend ample time familiarizing yourself with each section before moving on to the next. Flying through this form would only take away from the splendid job done by the masters of the past.
Movement by Movement, be sure to Study the Form: Pay attention to the key points and follow your Shifu's instructions, and you will find small pearls here and there that shed light on the long corridor that is Chinese martial arts.
Be sure to pay close attention to the details and enhancements, sequence control and turning will then deepen your understanding of the form.
When learning this form you will get a detailed explanation of stances, footwork and handwork, and here too there are tidbits that can deepen your knowledge of these important elements of the art. If you are a novice, this is the place to start and it is best to spend ample time practicing these fundamentals.
Nowadays, some of the customs and martial arts rituals are getting lost or their significance and meaning watered down, so take your time on your Kung Fu journey and enjoy the ride!