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WHITE CRANE of Karate...

It is a well known fact that Karate as we know it today was heavily influenced by the Chinese martial arts most notably the Shaolin Temple arts. One of the most influential aspects of Okinawa Karate is the study of the White Crane system. There are few people in the world that understand its impact on our Kata and Bunkai outside of Okinawa. Hanshi George Alexander is one of the world's foremost experts on the White Crane system today.

White Crane is essentially a countering art of Karate. There are very short, quick strikes to many vital targets within the study of the Crane. Study of the White Crane system, more specifically the kata of Hakutsuru is an essential part for any traditional karateka and will take you on a great history lesson about your art. Below are some videos and explanations of the White Crane system. Please enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hTXyWQuuAA - Hakutsuru Kata

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=assnMx3mujs - Hanshi George Alexander

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx3L9YoemP0 - Happoren Kata

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t-UmcGkG_U - San Zhan (Chinese)