MISCELLANEOUS TECHNIQUES OF TIGER-CRANE SET
Editorial Note: About 30 years ago, the most authoritative Chinese kungfu magazine then, “Xin Wu Xia” (“New Martial Hero”), published a series of articles with Sifu Wong's commentary on the Tiger-Crane Set. The series consists of four articles, namely:
- Similarities and Differences of Tiger-Crane Sets
- Combat Sequences of Tiger-Crane Set
- Miscellaneous Techniques of Tiger-Crane Set
- Training Methods of Tiger Claw
This article on “Miscellaneous Techniques of Tiger-Crane Set” is the third of the series. The sentence structure in this English translation follows that in the original Chinese version.
Miscellaneous Techniques of the Tiger-Crane Set
In the previous two issues, the principles as well as the combat sequences of the Tiger-Crane Set were explained. The Tiger-Crane Set has both “hard” and “soft” dimensions, and the famous “No-Shadow Kicks” of Shaolin. Students should understand the principles and application of the set. Having learnt the patterns of the set, students should practice its combat application, and understand its variations.
In this issue I shall explain the “san shou” or miscellaneous techniques of the set. What are miscellaneous techniques? Using each one pattern or a series of patterns in the set to meet miscellaneous combat situations, that is miscellaneous techniques.
For example, if an opponent grabs you from behind with two hands, as in the illustration above, how would you meet this combat situation?
The pattern “Flying Bird Flaps Wings” from the Tiger-Crane Set can be used to counter this attack. The photographs illustrate these miscellaneous techniques.
Miscellaneous techniques and combat sequences are very important aspects of kungfu sets. Students must realize this. If students merely learn kungfu sets, and desire to learn more and more kungfu sets, they may unknowingly neglect the utmost importance of miscellaneous techniques and combat sequences. In this way their kungfu sets will become merely demonstrative forms, without any practical combat functions.
It is hoped that students will understand this point, and prevent the essence of the Chinese martial art degenerating into flowery fists and embroidery kicks. Kungfu practitioners must take up this responsibility and promote the essence of the art.
In practicing miscellaneous techniques and combat sequences, it is not true that there must be two persons practicing; it is also possible for a single person to practice alone. When practicing alone, imagine an opponent in your mind. The objective is to perform the patterns with force, speed and fluidity, so that in real combat the patterns can be implemented naturally.
In the next issue I shall explain the methods of training the Tiger Claw of the Tiger-Crane Set .