Dragon Kung Fu
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The movements of the Dragon styleÂ “dragon shape rubbing bridges” of Chinese martial arts are based on the mythical Chinese dragon.
History: The history of Dragon style has historically been transmitted orally rather than by text, so its origins will probably never be known in their entirety. Modern Dragon style’s history can be reliably traced back to the monk Tai Yuk Sim See who was the abbot of Wa Sau Toi (White Hair) temple on mount Luofu. No reliable records of the style’s origin prior to that exist, though there is much speculation regarding the subject.
Dragon style has roots in Hakka Kuen, a combination of the local styles of the Hakka heartland in inland eastern Guangdong with the style that the monk Gee Sim Sim See taught in Guangdong and the neighboring province of Fujian in the 1700s.
North of the Dongjiang in the northwest of BÃ³luÃ³ (åšç¾…) County in the prefecture of Huizhou in Guangdong Province is the sacred mountain LuÃ³fÃºshÄn.
LuÃ³fÃºshÄn is the site of many temples, including Wa Sau Toi where, c. 1900, a Chan (Zen) master named Tai Yuk taught Dragon style to Lam Yiu-Kwai, who in turn passed the art on to the many students of his schools in Guangzhou.
Lam Yiu-Kwai and Cheung Lai-Chuen were good friends from their youth in the Dongjiang region of Huizhou, longtime training partners and later cousins by marriage. Lam and Cheung would open several schools together, and Dragon style and Cheung’s style of Bak Mei share many similarities.
Techniques: The dragon stylist relies on a variety of fighting techniques that can be employed for a wide range of needs. The style uses techniques that can cripple or kill an opponent if the need arises or it can be used simply to control a minor street fighting situation.
like most southern style kungfu, it has limited kicks and jumps and consisted mainly of fist , palm and clawing techniques. Power generated from the waist using soft hard jin.
Basics: The Dragon Kung Fu practitioner typically attacks with winding low yang; that is, powerful and quick movements. For example, when striking with the fist, more power can be exerted when the movement originates from the feet, is guided by the waist, flows through the body, and exits through the fist.
Foot work: In Southern Dragon style, leg work is characterized by a zig-zag motion that mimics the imagined movement of the mythical Chinese dragon. This also allows one to use floating and sinking movements which are very important in generating power and stability.making your body calm and relaxed.
Southern Dragon style motto: “Control yourself, let others do what they will. This does not mean you are weak. Control your heart, obey the principles of life. This does not mean others are stronger.”
Codes of Southern Dragon style:
- The seeds were first planted from Haufeng; the essence was gained later at Haushou
- Restrain one’s self and yield to others not because one is weak, but to uphold the ethical Tao and let the others have their claim.
Four rules & two principles:
- Focus to train and condition the body. One must not have any act of laziness.
- Be righteous and uphold your honor. One must not have any act of hypocrisy.
- Respect your parents, honor your teacher. One must not have any act of defiance.
- Treat others with honesty, treat your friends with loyalty. One must not have any act of arrogance.
Dragon style in popular culture:
- Dragon is one of the 3 fighting styles utilized by the character Sub-Zero in the Mortal Kombat series (as seen in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance and Mortal Kombat: Deception) and the character Jarek in Mortal Kombat Armageddon. It is also Liu Kang’s grapple style in Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks.
- The Dragon fighting style is used at times by the cop, Lei Wulong, in Tekken.