Gar Kung Fu is a southern Chinese martial arts system that
originated in the Fukien Shaolin Temple in Southern China.
The founder, Hung Hei Gune, was a student of the Shaolin abbott,
Gee Shimn Sien See, a master of the Fu Jow (Tiger Claw) system.
By combining the Tiger Claw technique with his wife's Crane
technique, Hung Hei Gune created the "Tiger Crane
System". In actuality, Hung Ga incorporated all of
the Shaolin's Five Animals (Tiger, Crane, Leopard, Snake and
Dragon) as well as abstract concepts of the Chinese cosmology's
Five Elements (Metal, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Water) Theory which
can both give rise to, and destroy each other.
Hung Gar stylists are know for their low, wide stances, and
powerful forearm development, which, when combined with
the unusual duration of their training sets, produces prodigious
strength and stamina. Although the Hung Gar stylist
is less mobile than other Kung Fu styles, due to the lower, more
stable stances, the power generated from torquing the hips
produces a punishing impact on the opponent. A Hung Ga
practitioner need only strike his opponent once, for whatever he
touches, he destroys.
The seven main Hung Gar forms,
in addition to the weapons forms, are:
Lao Gar Kuen
(Lao family fist)
Wu Dip Jeung
(butterfly palm set)
Gung Gee Fook
Fu (subduing the tiger in "I" pattern form)
Fu Hok Cern
Ying Kuen (tiger and crane double form)
Ng Ying Kuen
(five animal fist)
Tiet Sien Kuen
(iron wire set)
Sup Ying Kuen
(ten shape fist)
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