#5 Quanzhou, Fujian 福建泉州

#5 Quanzhou, Fujian 福建泉州

Quanzhou, a city lying in the southeast of Fujian Province, is the birthplace of Southern Shaolin Kung Fu, which originated in the Jin and Tang dynasties (265-907).

Shaolin Kung Fu falls into two major traditions: Northern Shaolin and Southern Shaolin. Quanzhou, a city lying in the southeast of Fujian Province, is the birthplace of Southern Shaolin Kung Fu, which originated in the Jin and Tang dynasties (265-907). Southern Shaolin mainly consists of Wuzu Quan (Five Ancestors Boxing), which combines five different styles: the hand techniques of White Crane, posture and dynamic power of Luohan, agility and footwork of Monkey, light techniques of Emperor Tai Tzu and breathing methods and iron body of Da Mo. Japanese karate, as well as Wing Chun, originated from the White Crane Boxing style created by Fang Qiniang, a female martial artist who lived in Yongchun County of Quanzhou during the Qing Dynasty (1645-1911). Some of Quanzhou's famous historical figures, including Zheng Chenggong, a national hero during the late Ming and early Qing dynasties, were also outstanding martial artists.

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