List of best known Shaolin Kungfu styles

  • Arhat’s 18 hands (罗汉十八手; luóhàn shíbā shǒu): known as the oldest style.
  • Flood style (洪拳; hóngquán): with the small form (小洪拳; xiǎo hóngquán) known as the son of the styles, and the big form (大洪拳; dà hóngquán) known as the mother of the styles,
  • Explosive style (炮拳; pàoquán): known as the king of the styles,
  • Through-the-Arms style (通臂拳; tōngbìquán),
  • 7-star & Long Guard the Heart and Mind Gate style (七星 & 长护心意门拳; qī xīng & cháng hù xīn yì mén quán),
  • Plum Blossom style (梅花拳; méihuāquán),
  • Facing&Bright Sun style (朝&昭 阳拳; cháo & zhāo yáng quán),
  • Arhat style (罗汉拳; luóhànquán): known as the most representative style,
  • Vajrapani style (金刚拳; jīn’gāngquán),
  • Emperor’s Long-range style (太祖长拳; tàizǔ chángquán): known as the most graceful style,
  • Guard the Home, aka Special, style (看家拳; kānjiāquán),
  • Chain Hands and Short-range combat (连手短打; lián shǒu duǎn dǎ),
  • 5 Combinations style (五合拳; wǔhéquán),
  • 6-Match style (六合拳; liùhéquán),
  • Soft style (柔拳; róuquán),
  • Mind (心意拳; xīnyìquán) aka Confusing Path style (迷踪拳; mízōngquán),
  • Imitative styles (象形拳; xiàngxíngquán) (including Dragon, Tiger, Leopard, Eagle, Monkey, Mantis, etc.),
  • Drunken style (醉拳; zuìquán),

and many other styles, such as the southern shaolin styles, that traces their roots back to the southern shaolin temple in the fukien province, such as Hung Ga and Wing chun.

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