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The Wushu Shaolin Kung Fu Online Distance Education Course : Purple Belt includes the famous and world renowned martial arts routine known as Xiao Hong Quan. In Addition, the disk includes highlights from the 2012 University of California Berkeley Wushu tournament and a sneak peak of upcoming projects produced by Wushu Shaolin Entertainment. — with Lorna Umphrey, Jimmy Duong, Manuel Acevedo, Matt Leiv and Sal Redner at Wushu Shaolin Kung Fu.
Of all the martial arts in the world that claim origin from the fabled Shaolin Temple, very few can provide undeniable proof. Throughout Chinas long and complicated history, the Shaolin Temple saw many styles and forms of martial arts evolve and go instinct. Although there is very little proof and written history about the authenticity of each form of martial arts style that originated at the Shaolin Temple, some are widely accepted by the monks today.
Of all the countless martial arts, Xiao Hong Quan 小洪拳 is accepted as a core routine and Kung Fu style in the Shaolin Temple today. It is practiced by nearly every Shaolin Monk, and by disciples across the globe. There are many variations and interpretations of Xiao Hong Quan depending on Shifu, school, or organization. In addition, there are many books, dvd’s, and learning materials throughout the world on Xiao Hong Quan.
Shaolin Kung Fu is divided into southern and northern styles. The original styles of martial arts originated at the northern Shaolin Temple and included an entire myriad of forms and techniques. Such prehistoric styles such as Tai Zu Chang Quan 太祖長拳, Pao Chui 炮捶, Cha Quan 查拳, Fanzi Quan 翻子拳, Hua Quan 華拳, and Hong Quan 洪拳 are the essence of both northern and southern styles of Kung Fu. These arts were first developed in the north and then passed down through teachers to the southern regions of China. From these prehistoric styles of Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, other forms quickly evolved, such as Hung Ga 洪家拳 and Choy-Li-Fut 蔡李佛.
Of the primary Northern Shaolin Kung Fu styles, Hong Quan 洪拳 is revered as a core system. Hong Quan includes many forms and techniques including popular routines such as Da Hong Quan 大洪拳 and Xiao Hong Quan小洪拳. The system encompasses many techniques including kicking, punching, throwing, goring, kneeing, elbowing, locking, and grappling.
In this level we will explore Xiao Hong Quan in great detail and demonstrate self-defense interpretations. Please remember that each teacher may interpret the routine differently. There is absolutely no definite way to decipher who is correct. In addition, Xiao Hong Quan can also be practiced slowly for health purposes rather than for fighting.