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Crane fighting stance

White Crane Boxing (Chinese: 白鶴拳 Baihequan) is a Southern Chinese martial art and one of the five imitative-styles of Shaolin Boxing based on the characteristics of animals, the other being Tiger, Leopard, Snake and Dragon.

Crane Boxing originated in Fujian (福建) province where according to oral traditions it was created by Fāng Qīniáng (方七娘; Amoy Min Nan: Hng Chhit-niâ), a female martial artist. The characteristics of this style are deep rooted stances, intricate hand techniques and fighting mostly at close range as if to imitate a pecking bird. The flying crane style however has a greater amount of long range techniques although it too does prefer close quarters hand oriented combat, which simulates the flapping of the wings. Some white crane styles also use a great variety of traditional weapons whereas others have discontinued practice with ancient weaponry.

Mortal Kombat

It is used by Shang Tsung as his secondary fighting style in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, and by Chameleon as his only unarmed fighting style in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.


Shang Tsung's Crane

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