Grande Prairie Martial Arts - White Crane Kung Fu Style
White Crane Style
White Crane Kung Fu is one of the oldest martial arts styles in the world. According to tradition the origin of White Crane Kung Fu starts in China where a man witnessed a battle between a white crane and a gorilla. The man didn't know why these two animals were fighting but he expected the gorilla to easily win the fight due to its superior strength and ferocity. Instead, the white crane held its ground, flying out of reach and counter attacking with its beak and claws. As each attack was aimed at sensitive areas of the gorilla's body, like its neck and eyes, the white crane eventually wore its opponent down, winning the fight. As with all oral traditions details of what happened after were lost with time. Some accounts tell that the man was attacked by a gang afterward and used the style of the white crane to fight his attackers. By evading their attacks and counter attacking to vital areas of his attackers he was able to defeat his opponents. Other accounts tell that the man, after witnessing the crane fight, studied the patterns of more cranes and over time developed the style we know today. Regardless of what happened in the past we now have a style that is effective for all types of people in all types of situations.
The Kung Fu taught in our classes focuses on attacking while evading opponents' attacks. Defences are generally done from a distance while attacks are quick and accurate. As a student learns more they move from general attack regions to specific points using pressure point strikes. One of the key features of our style is that a student doesn't need to be stronger or bigger than their opponent. Instead, we focus on building the strength and skill of the individual to win through strategy and persistence.