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Black Tiger Kung Fu

blacktiger Shantung black tiger kung fu originated in the Honan Shaolin temple before being released. It has more emphasis on footwork than the southern Shaolin kung fu forms and bears some resemblance to southern eagle. Moves included are acrobatic kicks, low, wide stances, and unique fist position (where the thumb is curled in the same manner as the other fingers, rather than wrapped around them). According to the Shaolin Grandmasters’ text the style is the single most external style in the Shaolin canon; the longer the stylist practices, however, the more she or he comes to rely solely on internal power. In this respect it is similar to Northern Praying Mantis.

blacktiger3The traditional lineage of the system begins with master Wang Zhenyuan in the late nineteenth-century; but the style was originally formed at the Shaolin Henan Temple before being transferred to Wang. The style was then passed from Wang Zhenyuan to Wang Zijiu, then to Wang Zhixiao, and finally to Su Fuyuan (Cantonese: Souw Hok Gwan). Currently Shandong Black Tiger is actively taught in the Netherlands and Indonesia.

 

References

http://www.shaolin.com/b_tiger_martialarts.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Tiger_Kung_Fu
Shantung Black Tiger: A Shaolin Fighting Art of North China by Leo Budiman Prakarsa, Khek Kiong Tjoa, Donn F. Draeger, Quintin T. G. Chambers