Lian Bu Quan
Continuous Stepping Sequence
Lian Bu Quan (連步拳, liánbù quán) means “Continuous Stepping Sequence.” It is the first and most fundamental Northern Shaolin Long Fist form and was trained in the Jingwu Association. This form is usually taught as an introduction to footwork and postures, particularly strategies for advancing and withdrawing in long-range fighting. Stability and fluency in stances is essential prior to learning this sequence.
Chin Na 1
Seize and Control
Chin Na (擒拿, qínná) means “Seize and Control” and is applicable to all martial arts styles. It includes joint locks and cavity press techniques. Altogether, it is estimated that over 800 Chin Na techniques exist in martial arts. The YMAA system consists of about 120. As this is an introductory level, the goal is to understand the correct angles for successfully locking an opponent and a building a general awareness for methods of entry without exposing vulnerabilities. There are 5 techniques in this set.
- Small Wrap Hand (小纏手, xiǎochánshǒu)
- Roast Peking Duck (北京烤鴨, Běijīng kǎoyā)
- Feudal Lord Invites to Dinner (霸王請客, bàwáng qǐngkè)
- Upper Hooking Hand (上刁手, shàngdiāoshǒu)
- Push the Boat to Follow the Stream (順水推舟, shùnshuǐ tuīzhōu)
Shang Xia Zhi
Upper and Lower Limbs
Shang Xia Zhi (上下肢, shàngxià zhī) means “Upper and Lower Limbs” and is a 2-person Shaolin White Crane barehand form. It emphasizes simple techniques that teach the student how the hands are used in the White Crane style. This sequence is primarily made up of 8 punches and 8 blocks, but from this limited set of movements comes the 64 basic White Crane hand techniques. It will form the basis for more advanced White Crane practice. There are 2 sections to this sequence, simple and complex.
Pan Shou 1
Pan Shou (盤手, pánshǒu) means “Bridging Hands,” or “Connecting Hands” and is a set of 2-person Shaolin White Crane barehand exercises designed to train specific blocks and strikes. It is also know as Qiao Shou (橋手, qiáoshǒu) -- meaning literally “Bridge Hands,” or Da Qiao (搭橋, dāqiáo) -- meaning “Building a Bridge.” The Wing Chun style variant is called Qi Sao. This Pan Shou set is one of the first exercises a beginner student should learn to become acquainted with a limited set of basic stances and hand forms.
- Single Low Cover Hand (單下蓋手, dān xiàgàishǒu)
- Double Low Cover Hand (雙下蓋手, shuāng xiàgàishǒu)
- Left and Right Intercepting Hand (左右截手, zuǒyòu jiéshǒu)
- Left, Right, and Low Intercepting Hand (左右下截手, zuǒyòuxià jiéshǒu)
- Upper Neutralizing Hand (上化手, shàng huàshǒu)