Nan Shaolin Wuzuquan
This is the only official website of the International Nan Shaolin Wuzuquan (Chee Kim Thong) school in Europe. Shifu Han is the only official Chief Instructor appointed by our late Shizu Chee Kim Thong to teach Wuzuquan in Europe.
Introduction to Nan Shaolin Wuzuquan
Southern Shaolin Five Ancestors or Nan Shaolin Wuzuquan, is, as its name suggests, based on the combination of five major Chinese Shaolin martial art systems. These systems evolved as a result of five great masters combining the accumulation of their knowledge to create a single system under the direction of the famous Bak Yu-Feng in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1367 A.D.).
“To organise, encourage and promote Chinese Martial Arts as a form of physical and mental training, for health as an art of self defence and as part of Chinese cultural heritage”.
Da Mo (Bodhidharma) 達摩
Meditation and breathing techniques are utilised for the development of Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’. This is the body’s in-trinsic energy, and is literally ‘the stuff of life’). These exercises also lead to the development of hand skills.
Luohan (The 18 Immortals) 羅漢
Luohan techniques are based on dynamic body movements developing correct body posture and alignment.
Taizu (The Grand Ancestor) 太祖
Taizu was the martial art nickname of the First Emperor of the Sung Dynasty (Chao K’ang Yin) – a very famous and skilled Martial Arts practitioner whose techniques employed tremendous power & accuracy. Every action from the system he created was executed proportionately and with the minimum of wasted effort.
Baihe (White Crane) 白鶴
Based on the methods by which the majestic and graceful white crane which defends itself using unpredictable and tricky movements. The finger and hand techniques of Shaolin Five Ancestors owe much to the white crane’s techniques.
Xing Zhe (Monkey) 行者
The Monkey uses the relaxed wrist and hand for blocking and striking. The agility of the Monkey, dodging and evading attacks provides the basis for Shaolin Five Ancestor’s stepping, allowing smooth yet speedy movement in and out of the opponent’s fighting range.
Shaolin Five Ancestors is a Martial Art which relies not merely on physical strength, but on precise and well-defined movements which are only fully effective when executed in a relaxed and efficient manner. The legendary figure in Chinese Martial Arts (Xuannu 玄女) who is referred to simply as ‘The Lady in the Green Dress’ adds refinement to the systems mentioned above and epitomises the virtue of humility and soft flowing techniques.