Southern Shaolin Single Plum Blossom Fist Offered by Sifu Leroy Kwok. (少林一枝梅)
The distinct difference between Southern and Northern Shaolin is that the Southern style has footwork which moves and faces all 8 directions, in contrast to the North's linear attacking style. This is because in the Central Plains in the North, the land is open and flat, and most wars a fought with armies in massive formations. All attacks go to the front, as your comrades have your side and back. In the South however, the soldiers fight naval, jungle, mountain and urban warfare, therefore it is likely for armies to be scattered and ambushed. Therefore they have to fend for themselves in all directions, the uneven terrain requires a firm and versatile stance, hence the wide and sudden moving stances.
Despite being simple, this set is well thought out and covers all areas of combat with punches, palm strikes, parrying, weaving, trapping, locking, kicks and leg sweeps. The hands move in a rotary reeling and thrusting motion, covering the upper gates in long and short range. It is an ideal style to pick up for self-defense in Singapore as it doesn't deal grievous hurt to the target.