Feng Po

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As you have read, our Chinese boxing style is known as Feng Shou, meaning 'Hand of the Wind, and this has its connection with the Earl of the Wind' whose name was Feng Po. Now in Chinese mythology he is depicted as a very old man with a long flowing white beard, who stands on the green grass of the heavens' highest pinnacle, dressed in a yellow cloak and wearing a red and blue hat. In his hands he holds the open end of a cotton sack, and wherever he points the mouth of the sack, so the wind blows in that direction.
Thus from his exalted position in the heavens he can turn a full circle, and send the winds unhindered across the whole world. If he moves slowly then the wind from the sack will hardly move, so it will feel like the gentleness of a morning breeze, but if he becomes angry or is surprised then he may turn very fast, and the wind will hurtle across the universe to become and create the devastation of a tornado. So don't upset him by becoming aggressive for the one thing he really hates is violence.
No matter what force he may use at any time, you will never see it, although you will see the results of it or its after-effects, like the leaves being tossed around or the grass bending over. In his more serious moods, you may see the roots of a tree being pulled out of the ground, or roofs being torn off houses, or even ships being tossed onto the land as if they were match sticks. He never gives his intentions away so you can never anticipate his actions and as you can never see him, you never know if he is near you or not. So it is with our Hand of the Wind style of kung fu, so it was quite natural for our ancient masters to base the colour of our jackets on the colours of Feng Po's clothing.
For instance, green jackets representing the green grass are worn by those who study our weapon training, that is fighting with chopsticks, knives, clubs, sticks, spears, swords, umbrellas, two-section, three-section and nine-section whips, and so on. Yellow is the colour of the jackets in our Feng Shou style of kung fu. Red is worn by those who practise another of our devastating arts of self-defence known as Ch'i Shu, and blue is worn by those members of our organization who practise the arts of T'ai Chi Ch'uan and K'ai Men (Open Door - which is Taoist Yoga).
In all, there are seven arts based on the mythology of Feng Po, and the same standard of grading applies in each one, no matter which art you might be studying. The rank of each participant is denoted either by the flashes worn on the suit by the students or the colour of the sashes or belts worn by the Teachers or Masters, and here again the colours of Feng Po are used, in accordance with the standard of grade that has been obtained.
However, there is one exception to all these colours, and that is the colour of the jacket worn by the President of the International Wu Shu Association which is white and black, which shows that he has reached the stage of occlusion and the harmony of the Yin and Yang.