Kungfu has a history of over 5000 years. Daoist external and internal arts were two-fold used as longevity practice and as martial skill for war and protection for local villagers.
In modern history, Kungfu people, including the Daoists were often wandering warriors known as part of the Jianghu knights（江湖侠客Xia-ke）. Some of them sought refuge in temples including Buddhist temples such as Shaolin. In return, these Xia-ke taught kungfu to the monks.
FIVE ANCESTORS FISTS | WUZUQUAN is a unique Martial Art that was created by Bái Yùfeng a practitioner in Song Dynasty (around 920 to 1279). Bái was a top martial artist from North Shaolin temple. At the time, South Shaolin temple was in danger. He was sent down to save and protect the temple. It was in the South where he got five local masters with expert skills and integrated the essences of their arts into one complete art - Wuzuquan. This system consists of techniques from:
• the footwork and agility of the Monkey (猴拳)
• the hand techniques and the complementary softness and hardness of Crane (白鶴拳)
• the posture and dynamic power of Lohan (羅漢拳)
• the precision and efficient movement of Emporer Taizu (太祖拳)
• the breathing methods and iron Body of Da Mo (達尊拳)
Five Ancestors is known for its large variety of power generational methods. Due to the distinct character of each ancestor, these methods change depending on the power required.
Today there are at least 5 different branches of Wuzuquan each having a different emphasis and historical timeline around 17th and 18th century.
Shifu Sun Miao Xiao teaches Bái Yùfeng lineage Wuzuquan. Practitioners of the Bái Yùfeng lineage specifically credit the influence of the Xuan Nu (玄女) - the mysteries lady, with its emphasis on flowing movements, humility, softness for refining the art of Five Ancestors.