We have a new member in our practice group who does a lovely fan form I had never heard of: Hua Wu fan. Actually, there are two forms, a beginner form and a mid-level form; our new friend does the mid-level form. I have not heard of a more advanced version, but I assume it must be out there somewhere.
All of the videos I have found on YouTube feature the same performer, Connie Ho (pictured in the grab above). If I had only seen the video, I probably wouldn’t have been especially interested, but after seeing it in person, by Xiao Liao, we all love it, and we’ve asked her to teach it to us. Here are videos of both forms; we are learning the mid-level one.
The Chinese names of the forms (the names we use) are:
- 初级华武扇初级 Chūjí Huá Wǔ Shàn (Primary-level Hua Wu Fan)
- 中级华武扇 Zhōngjí Huá Wǔ Shàn (Primary-level Hua Wu Fan)
Shan, of course, is fan. Ji is the word for level or rank. You might recognize the word zhong, for middle: Zhong guo is China—literally middle country. Hua means flowery or splendid. As for the names of the movements, they appear at the beginning of the zhongji video, but only as images of Chinese characters. I did find a list in English, but I am working on deciphering the Chinese. I’ve only figured out a few names so far.
Zhongji Hua Wu Shan is a combined form, with elements of the four main styles (Yang, Chen, Wu and Sun). Unlike the other combined forms I know, which are mostly Yang, this one seems to me mostly Wu (from what little I know about Wu). I read on the Web that the form was created by national martial arts coach Zeng Nai Liang and Hu senior lecturer Wei Xianglian.