Legends can only slightly open the secret, but they do not answer the main questions: who, where and when created tantui. According to one of the legends this style started in a Buddhist cloister Lun-Tan-Su (the Dragon's Abyss) in North-Eastern China (Shandun province). From here comes the other name of the style - "An abyss leg". One of the monks, Hsun-Kun, traveled all over the China trying to make up a system having simple and effective technique. Having adopted some technique from northern Shoalin monks, he made up 12 complexes (Taolu) that became the base of Tantui.
Another legend tells us about a "great and immortal slave Kun-Lun", who was taken to China from Central Africa in his childhood and committed a lot of heroic deeds. Having a surprising power and strength, he helped his young master to rejoin a charming girl, and for that he overcame 10 high walls and carried the beloved "with lightness of a fluff and speed of an eagle".
It is said n the story "Mo Kun-Lu-Chun" ("The Black Fighter"), ascribed to Fan-En-Chi, that a famous hero and a fighter Kun-Lun, the founder of the new style, from birth had strong muscles, bushy eye-brows and dark skin, and he was a Muslim. Probably that’s why one of the Tantui kinds is called “a Muslim fist”. This kind is widely spread among the Chinese Muslims - the dungans, and it contains 10 complexes (Taolu) with typical high kicks.
There are some other versions but Chinese people mainly believe the first legend to be true.
It must be emphasized that in the 20’s and 30’s of XX century with beginning of Physical Training Association in China, the Tantui style became very popular. The main representatives of this style were Master Chao Lin Ho and his younger brother Chao Lin Chen. Some courses were published and then were included into Chinese school programs.
Later as a result of the "Cultural Revolution" in China, a lot of Wushu schools were destroyed, the traditions were forgotten and lost. Only some schools existed but secretly. Some masters continued their teaching out of China, in Taiwan, the USA and other countries. Nowadays cultural revival in China led to restoration of some national schools and making the state wushu system.