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 feet up, and physical & mental conditioning play significant roles in developing the practitioner. The Crane part of the system was founded by a woman, and it is designed to use intelligence, yielding and body structure over muscular strength so that a smaller woman can overcome a larger man.
Like most Shaolin systems the student progresses through the Tiger Crane Combination system through forms. Forms are set routines that are designed to teach the practitioner the principles and techniques of the system gradually. The syllabus contains sixteen forms, eleven freehand forms and five weapons forms. A student's progression through the syllabus depends on the frequency of their training and their ability to grasp and internalise the principles taught.
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 opponents movement, balance and intention. The system also emphasises Geng or ‘springy’ power generated from the tendons rather than the muscles.
Good health, fitness and core strength are fundamental to being a good Shaolin Kung Fu practitioner. We begin every class with a High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout that helps students achieve the health, fitness, strength and body shape that has been out of reach to them. The classes help students lose weight, improve their cardiovascular function and achieve levels of fitness that they have never experienced before. These classes help students see first hand that the perceived limitations they place on themselves can be destroyed, helping them push past what they previously thought was possible for them and become better versions of themselves every day.
Weapons have always been an important part of traditional Chinese Kung Fu, and our system is no different. The Shaolin weapons system taught by us helps the practitioner to learn the correct way of using swords, staffs, daggers, pole arms to name a few, in combat situations. The purpose of weapons training in the past was to learn to use them in battle, in the modern era it is to help the student develop their power, control, accuracy and co-ordination. Some of the weapons are heavy and learning to wield them correctly strengthens and refines the practitioner's body, similar to functional weight lifting. Of course, it is also great fun!
The Tiger is strong and courageous, and this element of the training emphasises strengthening the practitioner's bones, joints and tendons. You will develop strong dynamic rooted stances and core strength to match. This strength will allow you to deliver multiple long and short range strikes to devastating effect.
The Crane is graceful and agile, and this element of the training emphasises evading and yielding. You will learn how the soft overcomes the hard and how to cultivate internal power. The Crane is famous for its fast footwork and for using its beak for pressure point striking.
The Tiger Crane syllabus creates a well-rounded practitioner who is proficient in the soft and hard principles of Kung Fu. This will then translate into every aspect of your day to day life making you a well rounded and successful person.