Been neglecting the Northern section for a while now. Thought, I add something here to get some buzzing.
Ba Ji is another form of Northern Kung Fu associated with Moslems in China. Love their stuff – very functional. Their forms are less “flowery” compared to other Northern styles and their jin explosion is a real joy to watch.
The teacher in the pix even taught Ba Jin in Japan for a while. I got books written/published in Japan featuring him.
Some Japanese friends told me he was real popular there and almost single-handedly started the Ba Ji movement in Japan.
Looks like MA cross-fertilization is still going on between China and Japan.
baji is very popular almost everywhere? why is it? for hung gar we have wongfeihong bandwagon then for wingchun we have the bruce lee hype...what about baji? not that im belittling baji but im just curious about a style and its popularity
Don't know about the rest. As a researcher, Baji/White Ape Tong Bei/3 Royal Cannon Fists are 3 of the most intriguing Northern styles today. Left mainly "untouched" during the commies , they survived until now without much changes.
Another thing for me is that they are all mainly done in Muslim communities in China.
Another Northern style that I am looking into is "Chuo Tui". This style is even harder to see outside China.
In fact, not many has even heard of this. This is the style with the back lifting kick that is peculiar to them.
I will try and post pix from all the styles mentioned.
Ba Jin is a very practical form of Kung Fu. Some of their techniques are really "unorthodox" in the world of CKF. Searching my "library" to look for more Ba Ji applications - refreshing for those not used to using the "whole" body for fighting.