White Crane Derivatives
The Ancient Bubishi as well as most Karate Styles are derived from the White Crane Styles of China*, which heavily influenced the practitioners of Okinawa and Japan.
So it is important to study some of the correlations not only with White Crane and Karate, but also the Ancient Bubishi. One of the most important correlations are the Shaolin Hand Positions (6 Ji Hands, 6 Wind Hands) as well as the actions in their deployment. These hands are found in many Kung Fu and Karate styles in the forms or Katas they train... and are a key to making the Bubishi a training manual as opposed to a historical document.
The White Crane and it's methodology is prominently represented in two distinct Martial Arts Styles; Wing Chun Kung Fu and Goju-Ryu Karate. With the forms heavily involved with the Shaolin Hands and their deployment. Two of the foundation forms; Sui Nim Tao of Wing Chun and Tensho of Goju are a slower methodical approach to the formation, rotation and trajectories of these 6 hand postures. Both forms employ very little foot maneuvering with the heavier concentration on the hand actions and applications. Their simplicity belies their infinite possibilities in hand to hand combatives.
They possess many similarities not only in the hands and mimicry of the Cranes Wings in offensive/defensive actions, but also in the art of Sensitivity training. In Wing Chun it is widely known that they practice Chi Sau (Sticky Hands), but so too does Goju-Ryu with the practice of Kake. And even though the exact actions are not the same, the tools and concepts are.
These two forms work the hands and arms in the traditions of White Crane, not only in defensive and offensive actions, but more importantly in the use of Kyusho (Dim Mak), for which the hands were originally developed. This is the focus for the Canadian Kyusho Summit this May 5 & 6 and we welcome you to explore and train these Shaolin Hands as used in Wing Chun and Goju-Ryu, with mobile Targeting (Kyusho and Dim Maks real Vital Targets), Tuite (Muscle, Tendon and Joint Attacks) and Tegumi (ancient art of grappling). This is unique information and training that is only available from Kyusho International.
The Living Bubishi - Canadian Kyusho Summit 2018
*(as well as Black Tiger Boxing not for discussion in this article)