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Published on Apr 24, 2010
Morio Higaonna Sensei and IOGKF members in Yong Tai in Fujian Province, the birthplace of Tiger Style Boxing. Yong Tai is also where Uechi Ryu traced their lineage to, being where Cho-Tze-Ho learnt his Tiger Style Boxing. This clip shows part of the kata performed by local martial artists and by IOGKF members. Unfortunately, on that day we were not able to meet martial artists from the "HuZhun style (Hu=Tiger Zhun=Main/Senior/Superior/Father Style) which was what Uechi Ryu was evolved from. According to the local tiger style martial artists present, the master chooses one successor and passes on the whole Hu/Tiger style to him, and his lineage will be denoted as Hu Zhun fist, what the rest of the students learnt are called simply Hu fist. Apparently, Huzhun fist holds much similarity with present day Uechi Ryu and Goju Ryu in terms of their philosophy and body hardening training.
The flat staff in the second kata is called a "Biandan" which is a cut-away section of bamboo used to hang baskets of farm produce on both ends while the farmer balances the staff over his shoulder.