Chang Quan

Chang Quan (literally: Long Fist) is the name generally used for the styles taught by Zhao Kuan Yin, the first emperor of Sung dynasty (A.D. 960-1279). Because Zhao once learned martial arts in the Shaolin Temple, and was renowned for his staff-fighting skills during his conquest, his followers called the styles he taught “Zhang Quan” (Zhang and Chang are two different pronunciations of the Chinese character ), which means, “The way of fist fighting taught by the Leader”. Later, two Chinese characters pronounced as Chang were used to mean long or often, and these may denote this styles long reach and wide influence, or mean that it was practiced often.