Martial arts are an important part of traditional Chinese culture, and the art form has many distinct styles, ranging from Kung Fu to Tai Chi.
Zheng Xiaorong (鄭曉嶸) inherited the intangible cultural heritage of the ‘White Crane Fist’ from his family at a young age, which was his family’s tradition.
When Zheng was 12, he learned the Southern Style Fist from his uncle.
White Crane Fist involves hand to hand fights in tights (近身短打) and focuses on your breath, steps and flexibility.
“The grandmaster was female, and we have been taught to pay attention to use the soft power to conquer the hard,” Zheng explained.
Zheng is now a policeman in the Youngchun (永春) SWAT team, that uses martial arts when arresting criminal suspects.
The policeman used his expertise to set up a club in 2012 that teaches young students in local primary schools, the white crane style.
In one class, he can be seen teaching them to “Stand firm, exert force with your lower back and pay attention to exhaling.”
Additionally, Zheng noticed that traditional martial arts are different than modern-day combat.
“The latter one is a competition, aiming to knock out rivals,” he pointed out, “but the traditional one is more focused on health and cultural aspects.”