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  1. White Crane

  2. Swan / White Crane

  3. White Crane Fist

  4. White Crane Temple

  5. Sanchin

  6. Five Ancestors Fist

  7. Southern Praying Mantis


bái hè
White Crane Scroll

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

hakuchou / shirotori
Swan / White Crane Scroll

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

bái hè quán
White Crane Fist Scroll

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".

White Crane Temple

bái hè
White Crane Temple Scroll

白鶴寺 is the title for White Crane Temple.


You might be looking for 白鹤萻 which is noted as the place where Mrs. Fang Qiniang (founder of the Fujian White Crane style) retired to. But this is really "White Crane Nunnery" rather than temple.

sān zhàn
san sen
Sanchin Scroll

This title literally means, "three battles/conflicts/wars".

三戦 is often figuratively used to relay the idea of a battle to unify the mind, body, and spirit.

Original usage likely comes from Fujian province in Southern China (just across from Taiwan).

This title is used in various schools such as Okinawan Karate, Uechi-Ryū, Gōjū-Ryū, Fujian White Crane, and Five Ancestors among others.

Five Ancestors Fist

wǔ zǔ quán
Five Ancestors Fist Scroll

五祖拳 is a martial arts concept (or 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

nán pài táng láng
Southern Praying Mantis Scroll

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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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
白鹤
bái hè / bai2 he4 / bai he / baihepai ho / paiho
Swan
White Crane
白鳥hakuchou / shirotori
hakucho / shirotori
White Crane Fist白鶴拳
白鹤拳
bái hè quán
bai2 he4 quan2
bai he quan
baihequan
pai ho ch`üan
paihochüan
pai ho chüan
White Crane Temple白鶴寺
白鹤寺
bái hè
bai2 he4 s4
bai he s
baihes
pai ho
paiho
Sanchin三戦san sen / sansensān zhàn / san1 zhan4 / san zhan / sanzhansan chan / sanchan
Five Ancestors Fist五祖拳wǔ zǔ quán
wu3 zu3 quan2
wu zu quan
wuzuquan
wu tsu ch`üan
wutsuchüan
wu tsu chüan
Southern Praying Mantis南派螳螂nán pài táng láng
nan2 pai4 tang2 lang2
nan pai tang lang
nanpaitanglang
nan p`ai t`ang lang
nanpaitanglang
nan pai tang lang
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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