Kung Fu Styles - The Crane, Snake, Mantis and Monkey Techniques

Published: 07th March 2011
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Kung Fu - a popular word of Chinese origin, has a deeper meaning to those who truly understand it. Kung fu actually describes any person's success or honed skill that is attained after diligent training. Taking that into account, the real word Kung fu can be used to portray any skill achieved in such training, and it is distinctly different that any form of martial arts there is.

Despite it all, kung fu (also called gung fu) is typically used to describe a noteworthy aspect of the Chinese martial arts in the modern era. With that being said, the word is representative of highly specialized styles of martial which are somewhat difficult to find the origins. This is what sets the Chinese arts apart from a lot of other forms of martial arts, where a clearer origins can be traced.

The diverse kung fu styles listed in the article give readers an idea about the range of techniques and ways of self-defense used in Kung fu. These styles need a lot of practice and dedication to hone them.

Crane Style Kung Fu Styles
This kung fu technique was created by Fang Qiniang, a female martial artist. Intricate hand movements and near proximity combat are the essentials of this style. The movements pattern the graceful movements of cranes. The flying crane technique imitates the flapping movement of wings.

Snake Style Kung Fu Techniques
Snake style techniques are used to bring about fluidity in movements. This fluidity which resembles the movements of snake is useful in entwining the body around that of the opponent. It helps defend in a better manner. The attacking moves can also be made from different angles by adopting this technique.

Praying Mantis Kung Fu Style
The praying mantis kung fu style belongs to either "Northern Praying Mantis" or the "Southern Praying Mantis".

Northern Praying Mantis
This style was developed in Shadong, a northeastern Chinese region. The Northern praying mantis employs the methods of avoiding enemy blows that are given straight at you. The technique involves circular or whip-like movements. The praying mantis hook made with 1 - 3 fingers is used in targeting the eyes and also in blocking the attacks of the enemy.

Southern Praying Mantis
It was created by Hakka people who lives in China's southwest province. This technique is unlike the Northern Praying Mantis and place importance on proximal combat. The use of low kicks is limited and hand movements are given more emphasis.

Monkey Kung Fu Style
The monkey style kung fu style patterns monkey or ape-like actions. The monkey techniques are popularly known as 'Monkey Fist'. The hidden strength in this kung fu technique is the use of a range of swords, spears and other objects. The important techniques of monkey-style kung fu are "Tai Shing Pek Kwar" and "Hou Quan."

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