Chang Quan or Long Fist kung fu is probably the earliest novel style to branch out and differentiate itself from the
'parent' style of Shaolin. The Taiju style was invented in the 10th cebtury by Zhao Kuang Yin, the founding emperor of the
Song Dynasty, who had drawn heavily on Shaolin kung fu in the building of his empire. It is called the 'long style' after
the long continuous and flowing sets which it is composed of, which were said to resemble the continuous flowing of the 'Long
River' (the Yangzte Chiang). Many movements are linked together and performed continuously without break or interuption.