Jin Yong’s novel, A Hero Born, is like one of those bootleg Jackie Chang VHS tapes your best friends uncle gave you wrapped between two covers.
There’s romance and fight scenes, but what has me re-reading pages are the names of the kung-fu moves:
Mischievous Cat Catches the Mouse
Hawk Fights the Rabbit
Autumn Wind Blows the Fallen Leaves
Iron Ox Plows the field
And those are only from Chapter 5…
Sadly, these moves are fictional. No one has uploaded any Hawk Fights the Rabbit instructional videos to YouTube (if you have, email me, NOW). They’re trapped in Jing Yong’s China, a China where kung-fu is magic.
That said, the 8 steps of Ba Duan Jin Taichi share similar names to Yong’s fictional kung-fu moves:
Draw the Bow to Shoot the Vulture
Wise Owl Gazes Backwards
Sway Head Shake Tail
The influence is apparent. Note the references to animals and nature are a constant in both fiction and real life.
By: Jin Yong
Translated by: Anna Holmwood