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Ryuru ko

July 1852 - February1930

Pictured is whom we believe to be Ryuru Ko, the founder of Whooping White Crane Quanfa (a system sometimes mistaken with its counter part ‘Feeding Crane’ another Crane style Gung Fu which emphasizes aggressive and offensive techniques). Ryuru Ko sometimes referred to as "Rusi" by locals of his village is believed to have been born in Chang-le, Fujian.

In his early years, he followed in the footsteps of "Pang Yuiba" to study Ming He Quan [Baihequan]. He studied Pan Yu Ba as well. In 1883, he set up a martial arts center and started to receive students and pass on his style of Wushu. His Chinese boxing style Quan Fa had its own special and unique characteristics. He was a first generation master (Shi) of Whooping Crane Boxing. In 1866, Ryuruko formally started teaching his form of Te. Many believe that Ryuru Ko was the teacher of Higashionna Kanryo and other turn-of-the-century Okinawan Tou-te practicioners.

  • 1852 July - This is the time line we believe Ryuru Ko is born.

  • 1866 - Formally starts teaching his form of 'Te'.

  • 1930 February - Dies of natural causes.

Weather this was truly his real name and picture or his actual birth and death date. Whooping Crane which strikingly resembles Gojuryu and definitely plays a generous role in many Okinawan as well as Gojuryu Kata. Defined particularly in Suparunpai, Kururunfa, Saifa, etc; those Kata brought back to Okinawa from China each demonstrate specific movements from White Crane. This would explain as back up evidence to the current line of history, which is still somewhat fuzzy due to the destruction of material during the Second World War. Ryuruko is given credit for being the teacher of Kanryo Higaonna Sensei.

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