The Legend of the Crane
Qīniáng and her father lived in Fugian province, where most of the cranes live. Qīniáng’s father knew the Southern Chinese Martial Arts and taught them to his daughter.
One day, while Qīniáng was doing her chores, a crane landed nearby. Qīniáng tried to scare the bird off using a stick and the skills she had learned from her father, but whatever she did, the crane would counter.
Qīniáng tried to hit the crane on the head, but the bird moved its head out of the way and blocked the stick with its wings. Qīniáng tried to hit the crane’s wings, but the crane stepped to the side and blocked the stick with its claws.
Qīniáng tried to poke the crane’s body, but the crane dodged backwards and struck the stick with its beak.
From then on, Qīniáng carefully studied the crane’s movements. She combined these movements with techniques learned from her father, ultimately creating the White Crane Style of Fujian province.