Monthly Archives: March 2011

FOOTWORK-TRAINING SET (LIAN BU QUAN)

– 練步拳 FOOTWORK-TRAINING SET 吳志青  by Wu Zhiqing [published by 大東書局 Great East Bookstore, March, 1931] [translation by Paul Brennan, March, 2011] – 自序 AUTHOR’S PREFACE 溯夫少林拳創始。為達摩禪師之十入手。(卽十八羅漢手是也)達摩旣化其徒曇宗等。佐唐太平王世充。有功者十三人。皆能習此十八手。運用精巧。變化無窮。嗣後宋太祖趙匡胤。研習最深。堪稱此中能者。精三十六長拳。六步猴拳。囮拳等。定鼎以後。庋其書於嵩山少林寺。後世傳習太祖之拳者。稱太祖門。及金元之時。有白玉峯者。剃度入山。實得少林之衣缽。以傳覺遠上人。變化增益。十八手為七十二手。化散為整。錯綜參互。盡其體用。復從七十二手。增為一百七十三手。遂有五拳之流。五拳者。龍虎豹蛇鶴。所以練神骨力氣精者也。蓋漢華陀氏之五禽戲拳。曰虎鹿熊猿鳥。白氏師承其意。改為龍虎豹蛇鶴焉。而與白氏同時之李叟。所傳大小洪拳。陜洛川楚。至今多宗之。 Tracing back, Shaolin boxing originated from zen master Damo’s Eighteen Techniques (namely, the … Continue reading

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