Originated in Fujian (福建) Province and is now
practiced throughout the world.According to oral traditions, the creation of
this style is attributed to Fāng Qīniáng (方七娘), a female martial artist.
The Fāng family lived in Fujian, a province of China, in a place where there
were many cranes.
Qīniáng's father knew the Southern Chinese martial arts and taught them to
One day, while Qīniáng was doing her chores, a
crane alighted nearby.
Qīniáng tried to scare the bird off using a stick and the skills she learned
from her father but whatever she did, the crane would counter.
Qīniáng tried to hit the crane on the head, but the bird moved its head out
of the way and blocked the stick with its wings.
Qīniáng tried to hit the crane's wings, but the crane stepped to the side
and this time blocked with the claws of its feet.
Qīniáng tried to poke the crane's body, but the crane dodged backwards and
struck the stick with its beak.