Description: Northern Shaolin is an external style based on extending the body, and long, aggressive techniques that explode and drive through the opponent. It is the Fire Nation?s martial art of choice. Northern Shaolin became popular during the Tang Dynasty of China. This style teaches the 5 elements of movement; Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Each element describes a different way of attacking or defending. These elements can also apply to other martial arts. Shaolin is said to be the origin of most fighting styles.
Northern Shoalin fits the art of firebending because, like fire, it is aggressive, expanding, and extravagant.
Northern Shaolin Kung Fu is an external style directly descended from the system taught at the Shaolin Temple. Shaolin, meaning young forest, has historically and culturally been regarded as the greatest Chinese temple boxing style. It is one of the five major systems developed in Northern China. They include Wa, Cha, Fa, Pao and Hung or Shaolin.
Northern Shaolin Kung Fu developed as a "long-fist" style emphasizing kicks over hand techniques. Such a long-range system stresses full extension of the limbs so that kicks and punches are extended as far as possible without compromising balance or power. The Northern Shaolin practitioner generates power from a combination of great speed and large, flowing movements, picturing his hands and feet as strong and compact as stones while his arms and legs are ropes. The limbs remain supple and relaxed during movement and only tighten when fully extended.
The Shaolin practitioner is also renowned for acrobatic but devastating kicks. Shaolin's repertoire of kicks covers everything from a basic front toe kick to a jumping back kick, from a low sweep to a tornado kick. Northern Shaolin Kung Fu is well suited to the student who is agile and flexible, who has good endurance and speed, or who wishes to develop such traits.
Nine Province Short Staff
Dragon Movement Straight Sword
Spring Autumn Guan Do
Dragon Head Walking Cane
Two Person Staff Sparring
Twin Flying Dragons Straight Sword
Five Tigers Catch the Lamb Staff
Lok Hop (Six Harmonies) Spear
Lok Hop (Six Harmonies) Broadsword
Two Section Staff
Spinning Chain Whip on the Ground
Hook Blade Spear
Double Tiger-Head Hook Swords
Guan Do vs Spear
Broadsword vs Spear
Three-Section Staff vs Spear
Empty Hand vs Double Daggers
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:: EDIT - Sept. 9, 2007 ::
Azula's form of Firebending Martial Arts: Cha Kuen
Cha Kuen is a form of Northern Shaolin also known as (Seven Star)Praying Mantis style or Long-Fist boxing style. It has several other spellings: Cha Kuan, Cha Quan, Cha Kwan, Cha Kwen, Cha Chuan, Zha Kuen, Hua Quan.
Long Fist (Chang Quan ) is the general term used for several schools of martial arts, including Cha Quan (Cha-family boxing), Paochui (cannon boxing), Hong-family boxing (red style boxing), Shaolin boxing, Praying Mantis, and Fanzi Quan (tumbling boxing). Some long fist characteristics are expansiveness and gracefulness in posture and agility, and speed in movement. People practicing this style fight to the extreme length of their arm. They move rapidly, jump high and far, and display power that is explosive and fluid
~~~ from: http://www.shaolinkungfucenter.net/curriculum.html ~~~
There is lots of schools that teach this style. It seems to be a more common style for women to learn. The following are some internet links with information and history:
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