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Hui Hui Shi Ba Zhou (Muslim 18 Elbows)
Like Cha this style of Muslim Kung Fu is based on the Semitic alphabet where recombination of vowel-less roots can create artistic creations of great beauty. Eighteen Elbows is a style divided into three parts. The first contains 18 separate actions. The second section is composed of 18 "sets" which can be linked or separated. Each section is from one to five moves long. The forms constructed from these "sets" range from 14 linked together up to 41. In the third level the sets are for two people. The elbows of the title refers not just to strikes but to the actions and variations the elbows are capable of performing.This style was so secret that it was considered lost until the late 1970's when Wu Shu researchers found a teacher Ju Kui who knew the style (like the famous case of the Book of History being remembered by a wood cutter after Emperor Chen Shi Huang Ti "burned all the books.") Ju Kui (b. 1886) was from a Muslim family in Tong Xian County, Hebei. At age six he started learning from Sun De Kui of De Zhou, Shandong. He trained for 17 years, learning 19 types of martial arts. At age 33 he also tried to improve himself by studying with Yang Wan Lu, a priest of the Tong Shou Mosque. The style passed to him then was the Eighteen Elbows.