Wuxingzhang

五行掌

After Chee Kim Thong studied Wuzuquan, he learned Wuxingzhang, Five Elements Palm.

The master, Yong Yuek, was an acquaintance of Master Chee’s grandmother. Yong agreed to teach Chee, who was keen to continue his studies when his teacher Lim Hian left Fujian.

Wuxingzhang is attributed to the Shaolin Abbess Wu Mei, legendarily associated with the Five Elders who escaped one of the (several) occasions of Shaolin temple’s incineration, and gongfu figures such as White Eyebrow and Fong Sai Yuk.

Patterns in the art correspond to the Five Elements, which are expressed in Wuxingzhang as Thunder, Lightning, Wind, Rain and Mist.

Chee Kim Thong was lucky that both Yong’s Wuxingzhang and the Wuzuquan lineage he learned previously were White Crane arts. The disciplines are interrelated: there are similar stances, Crane hand formations, and combinations of hard and soft strength.

Why learn both? The expression of power in Wuxingzhang differs from Wuzuquan. Wuxingzhang requires challenging coordination of shifting stances and whipping hand motions. It is difficult to practise but offers an extra level of refinement to gongfu.

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