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 in Mandarin Chinese is: "Xi-Zhang San-Shou Shuai-Chiao"
Sequence 1: Double Leg-Chop & Throw
The opponent is engaged for a rotation by a simultaneous pull on his right wrist (down and away) and an upward strike, under his left arm-pit. This lifting up of the body (heels lift from the floor) and simultaneous tilting of the body over the apex of the chopping leg is very fast and compelling
The rotation is augmented by a double leg chop
Lifting both feet high up from the floor
Gravity takes over...
Impact with the floor.....
Arm lock applied...
Sequence 2: Showing Strike Methods For The Double Leg-Chop & Throw
Variant 1: upward strike with the radius bone against the triceps and the ulnar and radial nerve pathways above the elbow
Variant 2: mounted thumb strike to the 'breath-blocking point' (Marma-Adi pressure-point system)
Variant 3: initial impact with a 'Ginger-Gist' fore-knuckle strike (vertical position)
Continuing the above as a worked example: the Ginger Fist retracts and then the right arm impacts balistically under the armpit, as the waist and feet start to rotate to commence the throwing arc
The right arm is under and has lifted the opponents left shoulder - and therefore has altered the orientation of his shoulder-head plane alignment. The chopping leg is en-route
Impact wit the chopping leg
The throw proper is underway...
Rotation into impact with the ground
Sequence 3: Alternative Angle For The Double Leg Chop & Throw
Here, the initial 'spin' is applied to the opposite sides of the opponents shoulder plane. In real application, this involves the significant use of short-arc, ballistic torque, to accelerate the opponent into the rest of the throw
Sequence 4: Punching to the Carotid Augmentation
Here, the throw is augmented by a single knuckle fist strike to impact the carotid artery, and to 'drive thru' bodyweight into the throw as the rotational arc flows...
Carotid impact, angle of incidence....
The opponents head is accelerated away by the carotid strike ( a reflex avoidance) which increases the overall speed of the throw, and shakes up the opponents brain
As this is training, no attempt to continue contact with the carotid is made, in the street - whole bodyweight continues to drive thru and penetrate the blood vessel - all the way to impact with the ground
Completion with an elbow lock