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White Crane

China bái hè
White Crane

白鶴 means White Crane.

This title directly means "White Crane" in Chinese but in English, this particular crane is referred to as the "red-crowned crane" or "Grus Japonensis." This crane is mostly white with a red bill (crown).

Swan / White Crane

Japan hakuchou / shirotori
Swan / White Crane

白鳥 is the Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja title for white swan (Cygnus Bechstein).

The title literally means white-feathered bird. This title can also be used to refer to a white crane.

This can also be the Japanese surname, Hakuchou.

White Crane Fist

China bái hè
White Crane Fist

白鶴拳 is the title for White Crane Fist style of martial arts. 白鶴拳 is also known as "Baihequan" or "Fujian White Crane."

Five Ancestors Fist

China wǔ zǔ quán
Five Ancestors Fist

五祖拳 is a martial arts concept (some would say "school") known as Five Ancestors' Fist.

The first character means five.
The second means ancestor, forefather, or grandparents.
The third means fist.

The ancestors referred to by this title and whose attributes contribute to this style are as follows:
1. Grace of the White Crane.
2. Agility of the Monkey.
3. Precision and skill of Emperor Taizu (great mythical ancestor).
4. Power of Luohan (Buddhist arhat).
5. Breath of Damo (founder of Buddhism, or the first Buddha).

Southern Praying Mantis

China nán pài táng láng
Southern Praying Mantis

This can be translated literally as "Southern School Praying Mantis" or "Southern Style Praying Mantis."

Despite its name, the Southern Praying Mantis style of Chinese martial arts is unrelated to the Northern Praying Mantis style. Southern Praying Mantis is instead related most closely to fellow Hakka styles such as Dragon and more distantly to the Fujian family of styles that includes Fujian White Crane, Five Ancestors, and Wing Chun.

This style of martial arts focuses more on fighting skills rather than aesthetics.

Of course, you already knew that if you were looking for this term.

Note: This title can be pronounced and does have meaning in Korean but only to Koreans familiar with Chinese martial arts.

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Mandarin bái hè quán / bai2 he4 quan2
Taiwan pai ho ch`üan / pai ho chüan
Chinese Baihequan (Fujian White Crane) martial art form
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Japanese manazuru まなづる
 manatsuru まなつる
 mazuru まづる
 matsuru まつる
Japanese (kana only) white-naped crane (Grus vipio); (place-name, surname) Manadzuru; (place-name, surname) Manatsuru; (surname, female given name) Madzuru; (female given name) Matsuru

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Mandarin hè lín / he4 lin2
Taiwan ho lin
Japanese tsurubayashi つるばやし
Japanese (surname) Tsurubayashi
鶴樹 Crane grove, a name for the place where Śākyamuni died, when the trees burst into white blossom resembling a flock of white cranes; Crane Forest

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Japanese manazuru まなづる
Japanese (kana only) white-naped crane (Grus vipio)

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Mandarin bái zhěn hè / bai2 zhen3 he4
Taiwan pai chen ho
Chinese (bird species of China) white-naped crane (Grus vipio)

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Mandarin bái hè liáng / bai2 he4 liang2
Taiwan pai ho liang
Chinese White Crane Ridge at Fuling, Sichuan on the Changjiang River, that used to show above the water at dry periods, with famous carvings

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Japanese manazuru マナヅル
Japanese (kana only) white-naped crane (Grus vipio)

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
White Crane 白鶴
bái hè / bai2 he4 / bai he / baihe pai ho / paiho
White Crane
白鳥hakuchou / shirotori
hakucho / shirotori
White Crane Fist 白鶴拳
bái hè
bai2 he4 quan2
bai he quan
pai ho ch`üan
pai ho chüan
Five Ancestors Fist 五祖拳wǔ zǔ quán
wu3 zu3 quan2
wu zu quan
wu tsu ch`üan
wu tsu chüan
Southern Praying Mantis 南派螳螂nán pài táng láng
nan2 pai4 tang2 lang2
nan pai tang lang
nan p`ai t`ang lang
nan pai tang lang
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