This has been bothering me for awhile…about what is stated to be Yun’s fighting style. I have read a few sites that say Yun’s style is based on Gen’s Crane, Tiger, and Bear(though you only see his Crane stance), and Yang’s based on his Mantis Style. This makes sense to me and you can see resemblances in the game but…
Tiamat’s guide states “Yun’s (Yang’s also) fighting style is listed as Chinese kenpou
learned from his grandfather. It’s based on a Chinese boxing
style/martial art called Baji Quan”. In Japanese, its hakkyokuken.
A direct translation would be 8 Extremes Fist.
Yun's fighting style is an original one that combines the Mantis
Fist, Snake Fist, and 8 Extremes Fist."
First off was the last sentence supposed to be about Yang? Because Yang obviously uses Mantis and a lot of his strikes seem to be snake strikes…not so much Yun.
…and the whole bajiquan thing has me confused. I’ve looked up this art and watched a dvd on it but it doesn’t seem to resemble much of the twins style. Yes the style is heavy on elbows but so are many other styles of kung fu, and the way they are performed is very different. The one thing though is as rare as finding out about bear kung fu, bajiquan uses a system of bear stepping…so maybe thats where the baji came from? Though there is also a baguazhang bear I read about and uses circular stepping moves similar to some of Yun’s attacks.