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Hong Quan, A Bloodline Between Generations

Updated Beijing Time

 
Hong Quan (洪拳), also called "lightning fists," is a martial art which dates back over 300 years to the beginning of the Qing Dynasty (1616-1911). Although practiced across China, it was especially popular in Guangdong. Hong, Liu, Cai, Li and Mo were five famous masters and their techniques imitated the movements of the dragon, snake, tiger, leopard and crane.

"Cang Shu Yuan" is one of the five ancient villages located in Huadu district in Guangzhou. Its name means "yard for collecting books" and the practice of Kung Fu is their daily duty. The knowledge and secrets of Hong Quan have been passed down from generation to generation. This martial art has accompanied villagers like 59-year-old Tan Qiurong for half a century. "Before learning the technical skills, you should at least practice the basic ones for three years," said Tan.

 

 
Just like many traditions in villages across China, Hong Quan is slowly disappearing as villagers head to the city in search of better wages. Today, only 80 of 400 villagers continue practicing Hong Quan on a daily basis. However, Tan Qiurong doesn't seem worried about this. "Come visit us during the Spring Festival," he said, "all the family members will get together and hold a grand lion dance to celebrate the New Year." For him, Hong Quan will survive as long as the lion continues to dance.

 

 

 
(By Carrot Chan, David Keyton)


Source: Lifeofguangzhou.com

Editor: Chen Minjie

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