Fujian White Crane
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Those tools and weapons were practiced with in the early days:
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In the old days, the practitioner wore the iron shoes to do the forms or to jump with for
three years. As the shoes were off, the practitioner then could run fast or jump high easily
(so-called Qing Gong 輕功). As the practitioner jumps high, then he or she could
grab the edge of the roof to flip over like the gymnast.
Nowadays, I heard that one of my Sidi practiced with the shoes for training his marathon running.
Sand Punching Bag
The punching bag is good for some hand techniques training. Also it is good for head, shoulder,
and abdomen training.
In the old days, stone lock was practiced; first to throw it horizontally in a circle, to grab it
by hand, then threw it up to be held by the elbow, then threw it from the elbow up to be held by
the five fingers. It weights about 10lb.
The practioner will practice the forms with stone rings to enhance the lower and upper body
Sand Pottery Jars
In the old days, the jars were practiced with; the practitioner would walk with the empty jars or
swing them, then added a bit of sand, then added more sand as one progressed. The jars were used
to enhance the strengths of fingers. The power is useful if one wants to grab the edge of the
roof or to use as tiger's claws.
Knife-edge should be sharp and straight as we cut. It is better to learn the saber when the
Kungfu foundation is solid. There are two saber forms in our white crane system.
There are iron or wooden staffs. In our white crane system, the length of staff is up to one's
eye braw Level; it can be used to hit, block, or thrust with two ends of the staff. There are
three staff forms and a pair-form in our white crane system.
In the old days, hoe was the tool for farming; the practitioner used it to cut the opponent
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Credit: Courtesy photos of grandmaster Dong at his 50s and 60s
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