Classical San-Sau Gallery 1


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These sequences are NOT illustrations of 'street-reality' techniques, but of the basic entrainment structures in Indo-Tibetan Lion's Roar! Martial Arts.   It is from these kind of structures that 'San-Sau' specific to the system may be derived.



(1:1) Attacker (L) in ‘street-fighting guard faces defender (R) in Lion’s Roar ‘gun-sight’ posture and ‘stretched cat stance ‘. 

  (1:2) Attacker launches a ‘hook kick’ at the defender – who steps back through a transitional ‘Key-Lung-Bo’ stance in preparation to receive the blow.


 (1:3) Defender receives the hook kick with rotational force through the stance and ‘collapsing’ energy through the shoulders, elbows and forearms – the bones of the forearms turning (rotating) against the attackers shin and instep.


 (1:4) Defender spins round and through his stance; simultaneously engaging the attacker above and below the knee and (using the turning force in the elbow) on the opponents shoulder. The attackers stance is broken and his upper body impacted with an unbalancing hit on his shoulder.


(1:5) The defenders continued momentum spins the attacker around, the initial elbow strike arcing in as a spinning back-fist strike, which also engages the attackers left arm bridge pinning it against the body


(1:6) The defenders spinning energy and whole-body momentum force the attacker to fall back – opening up his midline. The defender then executes a ‘stirring’ toe-kick into the attackers groin. The cranes beak hand formation acts to cover the head from swinging attacks as ‘parting shots’ from the attacker. It also leaves a small and easily defended mid-line position.



(2:1) Attacker (L) in street-fighting posture. Defender (R) in Lion’s Roar Gun-Sight stance.


(2:2) Defender side steps incoming straight left lead from attacker – intercepting it above the elbow joint with his left bridge hand.


(2:3) Defender pulls on the attackers left bridge – whilst jumping into the air and landing a jump-drop hook punch through the attackers jaw.


 ( 2:4) The defenders punch drives through the attacker with full body weight dropping to the floor into a stable stance-body engagement.


(2:5) The defenders punch converts seamlessly to a shoulder-wrist bar & lock. The arrows show the forward direction of momentum.



(7:1). The attacker (R) has stepped in with a right lunging hook punch. The defender (L) has intercepted the arc of the attack by stepping in through the attackers advancing centre of gravity (cutting in thru the path of an attack is one aspect of ‘chune’).

Simultaneously, the defender executes a double arm engagement on the attackers hooking arm. The defenders right leg 'stance-rams' the opponents lead leg, impacting above the knee. The defenders action is executed with a 'stomp' and exhalation - to root mass thru the opponents balance point (directly above the knee joint and on the medial aspect of of his thigh). The rotating inward arm blocks and the stance ram/stomp are co-ordinated, simultaneous actions. 

The defenders left forearm is held vertically and rotates outwards against the attackers wrist – engaging a pressure point as well as opening out the arc of the hook. The defenders right forearm rotates inwards against the twin heads of the attackers biceps muscle (on the hook punching arm). This further breaks the momentum of the attack by expanding its arc – and is also a pressure point attack against the biceps muscle itself.

The commitment of both arms to engage an attack on one side of the body (gate) is not so open as it may appear – this position is a transitional phase that accommodates both a chamber for the next two active phases – and also positions the defenders arms upwards and forwards into a protective position.


(7:2) Seen from the opposite side: the defenders leg ‘stance-rams’ the attackers right leg above the knee; simultaneously, the defenders right arm ‘whips’ out from the vertical (see previous picture) into a horizontal arcing back-fist (bin-Choi) in order to engage the attackers follow-up left hook on the biceps muscle pressure point. This bin-choi punch can arc through the attackers chin – if the opportunity presents itself – on its way to ‘shoot down’ the left hook.

The defenders left vertical blocking arm (see previous picture) converts into acurved path punch – that will straighten up for follow through – immediately prior to impact. The initial curve of the arm gives some protection against any further right armattacks and allows a vectoring of forces when it transfers into a straight line.

This photograph illustrates the ‘mid-point’ in execution of a ‘practical’ Chune-ChoiLion’s Roar hallmark seed punch.


(7:3) This photograph shows the end-point in the chune-choi sequence. The attackers balance is fully compromised by the thrusting leg-bridge engagement. The defenders right arm whipping back-fist punch has smashed the attackers left hook and converted into a grab pulling the attacking arm right off-plane. The defenders left arm has converted from an arc to straight line in order to ‘chune’ (penetrate) straight through the attackers centre-line at the chin.