It is often said that “if you do not do Sanchin, you do not do White Crane”.
I think that statement sums it up; Sanchin is the bedrock upon which White Crane fighting is based on.
And many other Fukien styles use the same methodology.
TaiZu, Wuzu, Dog Boxing, Leopard, Dragon and the list goes on….
In Singing Crane, it is a misconception to say that there is no Sanchin and “Babulien” is the substitute.
SanChin is still the beginning form for many Singing Crane families in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan.
“Babulien” is the form following Sanchin and this is also the case for some Fuzhou Cranes like “Flying Crane” for example.
So we know it is not Singing Crane exclusive and in fact, not even Crane Boxing specific.
There are extant Babulien in Fukien Shaolin and Fukien Lohan …just to name 2.
Singing Crane’s Babulien take students beyond the swallowing, spitting, floating and sinking.
All 8 fundamental principles are covered in the form:
And like I said many times before, translating from Fuzhou to English is so wanting sometimes. The above, is at best, a ballpark guide.
Take another look at the last 4, my Sifu taught that those are the mechanism of “Whipping Jin” generation.
When I was in Denver last year and playing with Sigung Wayne Welch, a Pak Kua high hand, we were exploring the exact same topic.
I was taking a class through basics at that time and exaggerated on the sinking and floating physically and Wayne came up to me and said they got the same concept in Pak Kua.
Except that in their case, it’s called “spiraling”…..
A short clip here showing a segment of Babulien :-