Huaquan, or Flower kung fu is a Northern Long Fist Style (see:Taiju Changquan / Long Fist Style Kung Fu
). When written in English its name is identical to Hua Quan / Essence Kung Fu
as 'Hua' can mean either flower or essence depending on the intonation, but yet these two Huaquan kung fu styles are
quite distinct and should not be confused for one another.
Flower kung Fu was invented by a Shaolin Master called Gan Feng Chi in the Qing Dynasty. This style emphasises fast,
short techniques and counter attacks using distratcting movements. The sets and forms are short, intense and to the point;
very practical. This is a good style for a smaller fighter who wishes to gain the skills to beat larger opponents.