White Crane Boxing is a Southern Chinese martial art which originated in FujianProvince and is now practiced throughout the world. According to oral traditions, the creation of this style is attributed to Fāng Qīniáng, a female martial artist. The characteristics of this style are deep rooted stances, intricate hand techniques and fighting mostly at close range 1 as if to immitate a pecking bird. The flying crane style however has a greater amount of long range techniques although it too does prefer close quarters hand oriented combat, which simulates the flapping of the wings. Some white crane styles also use a great variety of traditional weapons whereas others have discontinued practice with ancient weaponry.