The White Crane Soft Art – The Sun Frost White Crane Soft and Gentle Art

Written by Master Tan Soh Tin

Master Tan SY

The White Crane Soft Art was taught to me by my Master Ang Lian Huat, who learnt this form of art from his Master Miao Sian Meng, from the Chuan Chew Shaolin Temple. Literally translated the name should be ‘Frost and Sun White Crane Soft and Gentle art’, I will refer to this as the Shuang Yang White Crane Soft Art.

The words ‘Rou Ruan’ mean ‘supple, smooth, gentle, flexible and soft’, which is the best way to describe this art. The ‘Shuang Yang White Crane Art’ enables a person to build a sound and healthy body, which is able to prevent illness.

The training of the ‘Shuang Yang White Crane Art’ involves the familiarization of sixty-six moves. Once the student is familiar with the moves, breathing should be incorporated and later the practice of concentration of guiding the Qi to flow with the body and limbs. The movements and steps should be performed in a supple, smooth, gentle, flexible and soft a way as possible. Diligent and regular practice play an important part in the specialization of the art. The supervision of the Master or instructor is important in the early stages of learning, which is about three years of regular training practice. Once the student is conversant in the application of Qi and the modes, he would advance to a stage of self-realisation though furthering the art.The ultimate aim of the art is to develop a strong and healthy body that is (literally translated) ‘soft and supple as cotton wool externally and hard as steel internally’. That is, the outside should be very soft but inwardly it should be strong and viable. In their quest for the ultimate, a student will discover and experience certain feelings stage by stage, like the flow of Qi to certain parts of his body and the feeling of warmness at the point of concentration. Apart from building a healthy body the Shuang Yang White Crane Art is a good form of self-defence. It can be practiced by everyone whether young or old, and regardless of sex.

Sheila SY

Written by Master Tan Soh Tin

Click here for the UK’s Chief Instructor Master Iain Armstrong performing the Shuang Yang White Crane at the Mountain Training Centre in Pai, northern Thailand.