08-21-2000, 12:51 AM
Does anyone know where I can find written information on White cranes principles "spit, swallow, sink and float"


08-21-2000, 01:08 AM
Don't even trip...Yang Jwing-Ming's book on the subject- check it out... "Shaolin White Crane, Martial Principles and Qigong"

08-22-2000, 03:53 PM
Addis Ababa,

Good that you mention this here. Spit, swallow, sink and float are the basic principle of most southern styles including Southern mantis and Pak Mei. We should change the subject into Southern styles essential principles.

It's a pity that there isn't much written info on this subject. As to most basic principles, pracice is the key...But some more info is always welcome!

Regards, Lau

08-23-2000, 01:33 AM
As with most things, hard work and a teacher willing to share are the two most important things in this synergy. But even with all the hard work one can put in, if the teacher gives you nothing useful...........

02-23-2003, 09:46 PM

02-24-2003, 04:11 PM
Paihequan (Crane-Fist) is a Southern style and like most Southern styles it utilizes these very same concepts. However, simply reading about these concepts will not help. They must be learned and internalized for one to truly understand.

They form an integral part of the art and it's forms (Taolu).

Why do you want to know abour these aspects?

Are you a White Crane Stylist? If so, ask your instructor.

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02-26-2003, 04:21 PM
Addis Ababa :

Hope this helps:

* T'un: "To Swallow". To absorb and deflect the incoming force or attack. Absorbing the energy from ground through rooting in a similar fashion to "Sinking".

* Chen: "To Sink". This is used to control an opponent's movements. Chen has a two-fold meaning: 1/. A method which immobilizes or controls an opponent via "lowering one's mind". Sinking relates to capturing the opponents movement and breaking his/her balance, thus causing the attackers body to also sink, involuntarily: 2/. To sink the body for Ground-Reaction-Energy. It's a simple lowering of one's own body in stance by bending knees to deepen the position. Many of the movements performed downwards could be considered as "sinking".

* Fou: "To Float". The method of uprooting an opponent via a sudden release of force to unbalance the aggressor. Upwards, raising motions often is seen in raising the hands while the body and feet maintain a strong connection with the earth (Ground-Reaction-Energy). It involves moving in a higher stance and exploding with a technique's energy (T'u), It also relates to floating over the opponent, controlling him completely. Fou is always followed by T'u.

* T'u: "to Spit Out". One of the most important concepts of Paihequan. This means to release energy. To strike with great energy so that the opponent is defeated. Also means "To Eject". If one examines the Crane-Fist poem entitled "Hequan Quan Jue - Poems of Crane-Fist", one line of this poem consists of five Chinese Characters which read: 1. The Method, 2. Hard, 3. Soft, 4. Absorb, 5. Eject. This could be translated as: The way/method of uses hard and soft, absorbing and repelling/ejecting/spitting out".

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