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: Lesser Ape & Crane Set, Long-Fist Strikes
1: Position from the Set, for one sequence of 'Long-Fists' involving the three 'Core' Seeds
The starting position is a right side-facing Bow & Arrow Stance
2: Here, the lead arm, which was held forwards in a palmar position in pic 1 above, has converted into a 'Faan-Pow-Choi' a -reversed cannon punch. Note that the initiation of the motion is in the spine, then the small of the back/waist (Che-San) and then the feet (Che-Mah) NOT in the motion of the Arm itself. The Arm is fired, as a slingshot, off from the apex of the summating linkages in the power chain. This makes it much faster than a simple arm motion, and allows it to work as a transfer unit for whole body weight
3: Here, we see the 'initial' completion point of the Faan-Pau arc path, initial because other linkages are also conjoined and already 'moving' within the structure of the body. The initial Pow-Choi as in all true 'Long-Fists' passes beyond the impact point with the target with penetrating follow thru
4: Here, the second Pow-Choi is on its way, as the first is already retracting into a potential re-fire position. The body is about to re-orientate its platform - from the base, in order to slingshot this second strike with even greater power. The picture captures the second Pow-Choi at its lower apex, which is just the point at which the Che-Mah (Wheel Horse) 'kicks in'
5: Here, the stance has 'wheeled' at 90 degree's, this motion being combined with a fall and then a rise thru the spine and a further twist of the waist. These augment massively, the turning forces torquing thru the shoulder of the punching arm
6: Here, the return stroke is seen as force acting thru the structure
7: Here, we can see the completion of the initial aspect of the cycle, with a recovery to rooted structure
8: From the rooted structure above... the rear hand now begins to accelerate upwards and over the vertical midline of the structure. Note the shift in weight of the body caused by the motion of power chain linkages in the spine, back/waist and feet
9: Here, the overhead 'Scraping' or 'Stamping' fist (Cup-Choi) is seen just as it passes its upper apex. Note the displacement of the weight forwards thru the stance, with the stance itself pivoting on the ball of the rear foot
10: Here, the Cup-Choi has passed down and to the off-side of the body, with an equal and opposite action pulling to the side and rear with the other arm. Note the twist thru the waist (Che-San)
11: Here, the Cup-Choi re-fires as a Faan-Pow-Choi, and the stance twists thru 90 degrees as the torquing pathways summate
12: Here, the Faan-Pow has reached its maximal extension
13: Now, the reverse hand is sling-shot via Che-San and Che-Mah motions...
14: which.... reverse pull back off the lower apex (note 90 degree stance shift) in order to drive even more torque up thru structure and into the target
15: a second recovery to rooted structure....
16: Followed by a left 'corkscrew' or Ape-pattern 'Chune-Choi, delivered with the tip of the extended middle-finger knuckle. Chune-Choi is the Ruling Seed (Indra's Thunderbolt) and involves the linkage of all the Sakti's (Gings). The forward penetrating straight punch is very direct (no deviation from the elbow, fired like a crossbow bolt off from the apex of the turning waist, balanced by a 360 degree arcing 'whip-punch' (Bin-Choi) to the rear. In this punch, all the rising-falling twisting and turning forces summate
17: As above with the right...
18 And again with the left... here you can see the extension to the rear of the Bin-Choi circular whip punch. The stance is 'created' by the body's motions thru its ruling lines, so that the technique 'emerges' from synchronous power chain action. Stances are not entrained abstractly, they are created in the moment of their use, and last no longer than that. This is Tantra, Tibetan Tantra, and NOT usual Han-Chinese practice
Sequence 2: Inner Reap and Pressure Point Strike To the Golgi tendon Body of The Elbow
1: Inner reap takes opponent down, with simultaneous press above the elbow joint
2: Knuckle Press to the Golgi tendon pressure Point
Sequence 3: Submission, and Strike To The Groin
1: Here the opponent's unsuccessful shoot attempt has resulted in him being taken to the ground and have a kneeling strike to the carotid artery, with a simultaneous arm-bar
2: The opponent is reluctant to submit and tries to break free... he is hit in the groin
4: More Ouch! ...................
Sequence 4: Underarm and Neck-Surround Hip Throw
Sequence 5: Underarm & Double Leg Hack
1: Here, both the opponents legs are 'hacked' as with an axe, impact just above the knee, providing a blow to the ligaments, which also now being the fulcrum for his falling bodyweight, are put under great strain
2: Note the use of the opponents shoulder plane rotation, by turning up and under his left arm-pit
3: Note here the 'push' given by the Defenders right arm, to augment the rotation of the throw. In some variants, this 'push' is actually a Pressure Point hit, with teh delivery being as a 'press' or short-power contact-punch with a single knuckle between inter-vertebral spaces of the spine
4: The acceleration and rotation is very sharp in this throw
Sequence 6: As Above, but with 'Push thru' The Opponents Neck
2: Note that the fist changes....
3: Into an open hand....
4: And drives thru the opponents neck