Splashing Hands, developed at the Shaolin Temple in the late 1700s, is a “close-in” fighting system of kung fu. It was taught to those monks who were in charge of guarding the temple gates. Splashing Hands, named for the way the hands move, as if one is shaking water from them, is valued for its explosive, high-speed hand and footwork and its simultaneous offensive and defensive techniques. Historically, only a relatively small number of students learned this system. Even after Splashing Hands was introduced to fighters not associated with the Shaolin Temple, it never became a widely-practiced art. Those who knew the effectiveness of the system were reluctant to share their knowledge with others. Because of this secrecy, it is unknown whether or not Splashing Hands is still practiced today on the Chinese mainland. We do know the style was brought to Taiwan in the late 1940s and early 1950s, where a former nationalist army general taught a selected few students.