Bei Shaolin History

Shizong (ancestor) Gu Ru Zhang was born in the late 1800's in Jiang Su
Province, Northern China. At an early age, Shizong Gu learned Martial Arts
from his father Gu Li Zi who was a well accomplished master of the Tan Tui
system. Gu Li Zi ran a very famous protection service known as the 'Li Zi
Escort House' in the area of Nanjing Province. Shizong Gu, through a strange
set of circumstances, became a disciple of Shizong Yan Xi Wan, in the early
1900's, who was a Shaolin Monk of the Bei Shaolin system. (This occured
before the final burning of the Shaolin Monastery [circa 1927] and while
there were still traditional Martial Monks training there. Shizong Yan was
one of those Monks.) Shizong Gu learned all that Shizong Yan taught him very
well. These skills included but were not limited to Tie Zhang ( iron
hand/iron palm), Golden Bell, and the Northern Shaolin System. After
completing his training with his primary Shifu, he travelled through
Northern China learning all the major styles of Northern Shaolin Gong Fu at
that time (it may be more appropriate to call these styles Northern Gong Fu
instead of Northern Shaolin since Northern Shaolin in its simplest since is
composed of specific forms. More on this soon.). After learning all of these
styles, Shizong Gu organised them into what is known today as 'Bei Shaolin'.

There is a long staff form that Shizong Gu created to commemorate his
travels. It is called 'King of the Nine Provinces Long Staff Form'. Shizong
Gu was known throughout all of Northern China for his fighting abilities and
this staff form commemorates his challenge of the best masters of these nine
provinces. He won most of the encounters and drew with two of them; this
gave him the right to call the form 'King of the Nine Provinces'. Shizong Gu
was made famous for his extremely lethal Iron Palm techniques,devastating
kicks, and so forth. Shizong Gu is arguably the most famous Shaolin master
in recent history.

Shizong Gu Ru Zhang learned Zhaquan from Yu Zen Sheng, he learned Laojia
Chen Taijiquan from Li Jing Lin, and he learned Baguazhang and Xingyiquan
from Sun Lu Tang (also known as Sun Fu Quan).

After learning these skills, Shizong Gu Ru Zhang taught Shizong Yan Shang Wu
all that he knew. There were many students of Shizong Gu Ru Zhang, but
Shizong Yan Shang Wu distinguished himself as the inheritor of the Bei
Shaolin System by: constantly practicing the forms and techniques, and by
keeping all that he learned traditional and pristine under the dilligent
tutelage of Shizong Gu Ru Zhang.

Shizong Yan Shang Wu also had many students, but one that distinguished
himself above others was Shizong Chen Guo Wei. Shizong Chen Guo Wei
demonstrates the same vim and vigour in his Qigong demonstrations as did
Shizong Gu Ru Zhang. Some of the documented feats of Shizong Chen Guo Wei
are: the extinguishing of a candles flame from six feet away, the ability to
drill holes in solid brick with a single finger, and the ability not only to
break a stack of twelve unspaced bricks from the bottom to the top but to
choose any brick in said stack and break only that chosen brick.

 

The Five Original Quan of the Shaolin Temple:
1. Longquan/Dragon Fist
2. Hu(zhao)quan/Tiger(claw) Fist
3. Baoquan/Leopard Fist
4. Shequan/Snake Fist
5. (Bai)Hequan/(White)Crane Fist

The Five Major Northern Systems:
1. Shaolin, 2. Huaquan, 3. Zhaquan, 4. Faquan, 5. Paoquan.

A Few of the Associated Northern Systems:
1. Tanglang, 2. Changquan, 3. Yingzhaoquan.

The Five Original Northern Tigers:
1. Gu Ru Zhang, 2. Won Lai Shen, 3. Fu Chan Song, 4. Wong Shao Chou, 5. Li
Shan Wu.

I will not include all the forms of the Bei Shaolin System, such as: all of
the basic forms, the 18 weapons, the closed-door forms, the group sets, the
Jing Mo sets, and so on. However, I will give a fair smattering of sets.

The following are the preliminary forms of the Bei Shaolin System (some
forms may not be included in every Shifu's curriculum; this is not to be
taken as a condemnation of any other Shifu.):

Lian Bu Quan/Linked Stepping Fist
Shi Lu Tan Tui/10 Step Shooting Legs
Shi'er Lu Tan Tui/12 Step Shooting Legs
Luohan Quan/Arhat Fist
Youhan Quan/Young People's Fist
Xiao Yuan Quan/Small Circular Fist
Gong Li Quan/Martial Power Fist
Da Hong Quan/Big (Bloody) Red Fist
Tong Bei Quan/Hand Through the Back Fist

The following are the core forms of the Bei Shaolin System:

1. Kai Men/Opening the Gate
2. Ling Xiu/The Leader
3. Zao Wu Zuo Ma/The Divine Seated Horse
4. Chuan Xin/Pierce the Heart
5. Wu Yi/The Martial Technique
6. Duan Da/The Short Strike
7. Mei Hua/The Plum Flower
8. Ba Bu/The Stutter Step
9. Lian Mian/The Continuation
10. Shu Fa/The Skilled Method

Some of the weapons of the Bei Shaolin System are as follows:

Dan Dao/Single Sabre
Shuang Dao/Double Sabres
Dan Jian/Single Straight Sword
Shuang Jian/Double Straight Swords
Dan Bishou/Single Dagger
Shuang Bishou/Double Daggers
Dan Emei Zhen/Single Emei Needle
Shuang Emei Zhen/Double Emei Needles
Dan Gou/Single Hooksword
Shuang Gou/Double Hookswords
Shuang Fei Hudie Dao/Double Flying Butterfly Sabres
Dan Fu/Single Axe
Shuang Jian/Double Maces
Di/Flute
Tie Shan/Iron Fan
Guai Zhang/Walking Cane
Jiu Jie Bian/Nine Sectional Whip Chain
Sheng Biao/Rope Dart
San Jie Gun/Three Sectional Cudgel
Liang Jie Chang Gun/Two Sectional Long Cudgel
Gun/Cudgel
Duan Gun/Short Cudgel
Qiang/Spear
She She Qiang/Snake Tongue Spear
Ji/Halberd
She Long Ji/Snake Dragon Halberd
San Jian Cha/Trident
San Jian Liang Ren Dao/Three-tipped Two-bladed Sabre
Guan Dao/General Guan's Sabre
Zhan Ma Dao/Horse Hacking Sabre
Ri Yue Fangbian Chan/Sun-Moon Bell-shaped Shovel
Jiu Long Pa/Nine Dragon Rake
Yan Lian/Double Hooked Long-handled Sickle
Yue Ya Fu/Crescent-bladed Axe
Bian Da/Lash

 

as told by:Shifu Dou Wan Chun Bei Shaolin kung fu g Gu
was made famous for his extremely lethal Iron Palm techniques,devastating
kicks, and so forth. Shizong Gu is arguably the most famous Shaolin master
in recent history.

Shizong Gu Ru Zhang learned Zhaquan from Yu Zen Sheng, he learned Laojia
Chen Taijiquan from Li Jing Lin, and he learned Baguazhang and Xingyiquan
from Sun Lu Tang (also known as Sun Fu Quan).

After learning these skills, Shizong Gu Ru Zhang taught Shizong Yan Shang Wu
all that he knew. There were many students of Shizong Gu Ru Zhang, but
Shizong Yan Shang Wu distinguished himself as the inheritor of the Bei
Shaolin System by: constantly practicing the forms and techniques, and by
keeping all that he learned traditional and pristine under the dilligent
tutelage of Shizong Gu Ru Zhang.

Shizong Yan Shang Wu also had many students, but one that distinguished
himself above others was Shizong Chen Guo Wei. Shizong Chen Guo Wei
demonstrates the same vim and vigour in his Qigong demonstrations as did
Shizong Gu Ru Zhang. Some of the documented feats of Shizong Chen Guo Wei
are: the extinguishing of a candles flame from six feet away, the ability to
drill holes in solid brick with a single finger, and the ability not only to
break a stack of twelve unspaced bricks from the bottom to the top but to
choose any brick in said stack and break only that chosen brick.

 

The Five Original Quan of the Shaolin Temple:
1. Longquan/Dragon Fist
2. Hu(zhao)quan/Tiger(claw) Fist
3. Baoquan/Leopard Fist
4. Shequan/Snake Fist
5. (Bai)Hequan/(White)Crane Fist

The Five Major Northern Systems:
1. Shaolin, 2. Huaquan, 3. Zhaquan, 4. Faquan, 5. Paoquan.

A Few of the Associated Northern Systems:
1. Tanglang, 2. Changquan, 3. Yingzhaoquan.

The Five Original Northern Tigers:
1. Gu Ru Zhang, 2. Won Lai Shen, 3. Fu Chan Song, 4. Wong Shao Chou, 5. Li
Shan Wu.

I will not include all the forms of the Bei Shaolin System, such as: all of
the basic forms, the 18 weapons, the closed-door forms, the group sets, the
Jing Mo sets, and so on. However, I will give a fair smattering of sets.

The following are the preliminary forms of the Bei Shaolin System (some
forms may not be included in every Shifu's curriculum; this is not to be
taken as a condemnation of any other Shifu.):

Lian Bu Quan/Linked Stepping Fist
Shi Lu Tan Tui/10 Step Shooting Legs
Shi'er Lu Tan Tui/12 Step Shooting Legs
Luohan Quan/Arhat Fist
Youhan Quan/Young People's Fist
Xiao Yuan Quan/Small Circular Fist
Gong Li Quan/Martial Power Fist
Da Hong Quan/Big (Bloody) Red Fist
Tong Bei Quan/Hand Through the Back Fist

The following are the core forms of the Bei Shaolin System:

1. Kai Men/Opening the Gate
2. Ling Xiu/The Leader
3. Zao Wu Zuo Ma/The Divine Seated Horse
4. Chuan Xin/Pierce the Heart
5. Wu Yi/The Martial Technique
6. Duan Da/The Short Strike
7. Mei Hua/The Plum Flower
8. Ba Bu/The Stutter Step
9. Lian Mian/The Continuation
10. Shu Fa/The Skilled Method

Some of the weapons of the Bei Shaolin System are as follows:

Dan Dao/Single Sabre
Shuang Dao/Double Sabres
Dan Jian/Single Straight Sword
Shuang Jian/Double Straight Swords
Dan Bishou/Single Dagger
Shuang Bishou/Double Daggers
Dan Emei Zhen/Single Emei Needle
Shuang Emei Zhen/Double Emei Needles
Dan Gou/Single Hooksword
Shuang Gou/Double Hookswords
Shuang Fei Hudie Dao/Double Flying Butterfly Sabres
Dan Fu/Single Axe
Shuang Jian/Double Maces
Di/Flute
Tie Shan/Iron Fan
Guai Zhang/Walking Cane
Jiu Jie Bian/Nine Sectional Whip Chain
Sheng Biao/Rope Dart
San Jie Gun/Three Sectional Cudgel
Liang Jie Chang Gun/Two Sectional Long Cudgel
Gun/Cudgel
Duan Gun/Short Cudgel
Qiang/Spear
She She Qiang/Snake Tongue Spear
Ji/Halberd
She Long Ji/Snake Dragon Halberd
San Jian Cha/Trident
San Jian Liang Ren Dao/Three-tipped Two-bladed Sabre
Guan Dao/General Guan's Sabre
Zhan Ma Dao/Horse Hacking Sabre
Ri Yue Fangbian Chan/Sun-Moon Bell-shaped Shovel
Jiu Long Pa/Nine Dragon Rake
Yan Lian/Double Hooked Long-handled Sickle
Yue Ya Fu/Crescent-bladed Axe
Bian Da/Lash

 

as told by:Shifu Dou Wan Chun Bei Shaolin kung fu