"White Crane Style",
better known as Tibetan White Crane, is a Chinese martial art derived from
an Indo-Tibetan style called Lion's Roar. Like many other styles that
imitate the movements of the crane, Pak Hok Pai does not meet force with
force, but rather teaches students to evade attacks and then quickly respond
with counter-strikes using pin-point accuracy. Also like most other Crane
styles, it is a very beautiful, graceful art.
Though it is a southern style,
Pak Hok Pai features movements found in northern systems as well, including
both straight and roundhouse punches, elbow and knee strikes, and high and
low kicks, so that students learn to fight well at all three ranges of
combat (i.e. short, medium, and long range). It further includes Chin Na
(joint locks) and Dim Mak (vital points), and also many weapons forms. There
is also Qigong and meditation, making it both an internal and external
style. Because of its many techniques, it is considered a very difficult
style to learn, requiring many years of study.