Yun Mu Kwan, a discipline originally taught by Grand Master Pai in the 1960's, came to incorporate movements of Tai Chi Chuan, Kung Fu, Karate & Weapons of the Orient. The Yun Mu Kwan style, as taught by Grandmaster Pai, was based on the forms and principles of the classic five animals of Shaolin. Master Pai created his own unique interpretation of the Five Shaolin Animal Forms: Dragon, Crane, Snake, Tiger & Leopard.
Nabi Su (Butterfly Hand) – This style incorporates the grace and unpredictability of the Butterfly into a cohesive kung fu system that expresses inwardly in self development and outwardly in self defense. Nabi Su is the foundation form of this martial art, developing posture and internal power. You then begin the Shaolin Five Animals - Dragon, Crane, Snake, Tiger, Leopard - as well as Iron Palm. Later, Wing Chun, Hung Gar, Praying Mantis and Choy Li Fut forms are included. Shadow Hands and Sticking Hands are two-person exercises employing Nabi Su and Wing Chun forms to train multiple responses to attack. Sparring combines these techniques with moves from the Five Animal and other forms in freely expressive interplay.
Min Pai's Yun Mu Kwan, from 2008 - Present, incorporates Master Pai's original teachings and draws on the knowledge and experience of Sensei Jason Perri's broad martial arts background. Min Pai's Yun Mu Kwan reflects the array of methods and styles which Master Pai practiced and combined over the years. Its focus is on sensitivity of motion rather than the muscle building and body hardening of more run-of-the-mill karate styles -- on the theory that sensitivity overcomes power and is accessible to people of all sizes and body types, thereby eliminating the physical advantages which size, weight and strength can provide an attacker. The self-defense methods involve learning to understand the movements of those around you through your own bodily awareness in order to receive, deflect, neutralize and, when necessary, return an opponent’s attack. If learned correctly the sensitivity enables a practitioner to make even the most innocuous of bodily movements into a useful means of controlling and defeating an assailant.
Click here to view photos of Grand Master Min Q Pai, as taken by Ramon Korff.