In the Chinese martial arts, imagery of the Five-Animals (Chinese: 五形; literally: "Five Forms")—Tiger, Crane, Leopard, Snake, and Dragon—appears predominantly in
Southern styles, especially those associated with Guangdong and Fujian Provinces.
The Five Animal martial arts supposedly originated from the Henan Shaolin Temple, which is north of the Yangtze, even though imagery of these particular five animals as a distinct set
i.e. in the absence of other animals such as the horse or the monkey as in T'ai Chi Ch'üan or Xíngyěquán) is either rare in Northern Shaolin martial arts—and Northern Chinese martial
arts in general—or recent (cf. wuxíngbafaquán; 五形八法拳; "Five Form Eight Method Fist").