Tiger Crane Combination Kung Fu is your typical South Shaolin kung fu system. The system emphasises short, low-rooted stances and powerful explosive attacks carried out at great speed. The body is strengthened from the feet up, and physical & mental conditioning play significant roles in developing the practitioner. An accepted part of Southern Five Ancestor Fist/Wuzuquan, Our system heavily relies on two of these ancestors, Yong Chun White Crane and Taizu (Grand Ancestor) Fist, while also incorporating Shaolin Lohan, Da Mo and Monkey.
Like most Shaolin systems, the student progresses through the Tiger Crane Combination system through forms. Forms are set routines designed to gradually teach the practitioner the principles and techniques of the system. The syllabus contains sixteen forms, eleven freehand forms and five weapons forms. The most important and fundamental form is the famous San Zhan form, which we get into pretty quickly in this program. We have a number of different San Zhan forms, all teaching different aspects of our system.
The Tiger Crane Combination system emphasises touch sensitivity or sticking hands. During close-quarter fighting, the practitioner connects to an opponent and, through this connection, learns to feel the opponent’s movement, balance and intention. The system also emphasises Jin or ‘full body’ power generated from the white tissue rather than the muscles.