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A brief history of Wuzuquan
Many sources indicate an origin 2000 years earlier in the Xia Dynasty under the Yellow Emperor. One of the
earliest documentation of Shaolin Monks in combat was in defense of the Shaolin temple from bandits in 610
A.D. In the seventh century Shaolin warrior monks traveled south to defend Fujian province from pirates. This
eventually led to the establishment of the Southern Shaolin Temple in Quanzhou China. Martial arts continued
to be practiced at the shaolin monasteries over the years and incorporated the ideas of many influential to be
practiced at the shaolin monasteries over the years and incorporated the ideas of many influential people
such as generals, and most notably Bodhidharma who introduced new training methods to the monks. people
such as generals, and most notably Bodhidharma who introduced new training methods to the monks. It was
the incorporation and refinement of these methods that lead to the legendary achievements of the It was the
incorporation and refinement of these methods that lead to the legendary achievements of the Shaolin monks.
The outstanding feats of the monks did not go unnoticed by the governments, a fact that landed the
monastery in some tight situations. The monastery has been destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout
history. One time when the monastery was destroyed the monks fled to the surrounding countryside and went
into hiding. A short time afterward an invitation was issued for the masters to return to the temple so that the
knowledge would not be lost. Five masters responded to the invitation. Each master was an expert in a
particular style of Kung Fu. As they combined the most effective elements of their techniques into one system
Wuzuquan was born. There efforts were influenced by an individual known as "The Lady in the Green Dress".
Little is known about The Lady in the Green Dress except that she was very skilled in Kung Fu and influenced
the consolidation and refinement
of the art of Wuzuquan. Five Ancestor Fist Kung Fu, also known as Wuzuquan, contains elements from
Monkey style, Fujian White Crane, Taizuquan, Luohan, and Tat Choon. Five Ancestor Fist Kung Fu survived
through the generations and exists today through three distinct lineages, Chee Kim Thong, Kong Han, and
Beng Kiam.

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