Ape & Crane Set
Steve Richards teaching Lesser Ape and Crane Set, San-Sau from digital video
Under NO circumstances should these techniques be practiced without qualified supervision.
The Tibetan Lion's Roar! includes 'genes' picked up in its evolution, from Indian, Tibetan, Mongolian and Chinese Wrestling systems. These are now encoded according to the two Totem animal divisions of the Art. The 'Crane Forms' tend to be more 'refined' and sophisticated whilst the 'Ape Forms' more obviously aggressive and direct. Some of the techniques shown are similar to those found in the Chinese Wrestling Sport of Shuai-Chiao 摔角 Shuai-Chiao in its sport form, is an upright, jacketed wrestling system, that does not include sophisticated strikes, pressure-points, or any ground fighting techniques and applications. The grappling in Lion's Roar! has maintained all of these methods, is NOT a sport, and uses highly refined rotational linkages to generate power. Shuai Chiao in its traditional San-Sau 散手 form is an excellent martial grappling system. In Lion's Roar! the grappling in Mandarin Chinese is
"Xi-Zhang San-Shou Shuai-Chiao"
Sequence 1 Single Arm Hip Throw With High Single Leg Reap
1: Showing the engagement and position for reaping the opponents leg both laterally and to the rear. This is high above the knee to make the fulcrum higher
2: Taking a bow....
Sequence 2: Upright Clinch to Outer Shave
1: Opponent (left) pushes from the clinch
2: The forwards momentum is 'swallowed' by a slight shift in weight and position, whilst the Defenders left leg makes contact for the 'shave'
3: The Defender starts to rotate the opponents shoulder plane into the cut of the shave
4: Which breaks structure...
Sequence 3: As 2 Above But With Forwards Motion
1: Here the Defender moves forwards and twists the Opponent by rotating his shoulders, as the Opponent himself initiates a forward push. This turns the Opponent using his own momentum vectored back into him, summating in his lower spine
2: The shave is applied...
4: The Opponent falls into an elbow lock, with his bodyweight falling thru the joint
Sequence 4: Lateral 'Cast' From An Upright Clinch
1: Here, the Opponents forward momentum is met, in a circular fashion so that he is met and rotated upwards and laterally, over a trip point (left foot)
2: Unbalancing rotation....
4: Over the balance point.....
5: And... is Cast....
Sequence 5: Upright Clinch Top Leg Pick
1. Opponent in an upright cinch is rotated to the left, and pushed back
2: The Opponents arms are pushed down at the pit f the elbow joints to break his grip. Simultaneously, the Defender places his left leg to the side and slightly behind of the Opponents lead leg
3: The Defender twists his legs into a 'stealing step - leg trap position to lever the Opponents leg leg
4: And initiates a leg-pick
5: To ankle lock...
6: Single Ankle Lock is applied, with the Defender positioned with his knee outside the Opponents locked leg, to act as a fulcrum and to prevent the Opponent from countering (see below)
7: Leaning back to apply submission leverage
Sequence 6: Single Leg Ankle Lock Counter
1: Here, the attacker (upright) is about to 'allow' the Defender (ground) to slip his leg over the Defenders fulcrum (knee) This can easily happen, if not prevented actively
2: Here the Defender has slipped his leg over the fulcrum and simultaneously kicked the ankle of the Attacker, with a lateral heel slice along the ground
3: This breaks the Attackers grip and allows the Defender to continue to kick and slice at his base
6: Causing the attacker to fall...
Sequence 7: Single Leg Ankle Lock - To Reverse Ankle and Toe Lock
1: From Sequence 6 above: showing the correct fulcrum position, making it difficult for the figure on the ground to turn into structure and kick-slice as a counter
2: Turning the Opponent over
3: Reverse Ankle Lock. kneeling weight into the hip and calf, whilst applying (out of view) a simultaneous toe hold on the other foot