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 much more 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 is "Xi-Zhang San-Shou Shuai-Chiao"
Sequence 1: Under Arm Lift & Sweep
Ducking under the opponents arm and striking with a reverse elbow to the kidney
Arm pulls back around the waist as the forward sweep is applied
Dumped to the floor...
Sequence 2: Single Arm Turning Throw
This is a basic move in Tibetan and Mongolian Wrestling, also in Sport Shuai-Chiao Chinese Wrestling. Its equivalent in Japanese Judo is: Ippon Seoi Nage
Throwing the opponents weight thru a joint is a typical tactic
Showing rapid entry to the opponents structure
Showing the high leg action to augment the 'bow' - for carrying the opponent over...
Drilling for the 'Bow' and 'Reap' actions
Sequence 3: Variant Single Arm Turning Throw - With Step Back & Thru
Here, the initial grip is different and the step back and thru the opponent with the right leg does not include a 'bow' with the rotation. The initial grip includes a biceps compartment pressure point grip
Remember to drop the opponents weight thru a joint
Sequence 4: Variant Single Arm Turning Throw - With
Biceps Pressure Point Grip & 'Bow'
As before drop his weigh thru a joint....
Sequence 5: Side-Reap & Hip Throw
Here the opponents legs are struck from the side, the impact being above the knee. This gives a very sharp acceleration over the apex of the fulcrum created by the impacting leg
The rotation of the body in the air actually makes it continue to roll over even after impact