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  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 is "Sai-Jong San-Shou Shuai-Chiao"


Sequence 1: Crashing Elbow To Knee & Ramming Elbow To Sternum

1: Opponents left leg kick is parried with the Defenders left Palm, which acts as a 'set-up' for the crashing right elbow against the knee joint

2: Stepping back to create a Bardo-space to 'lose' the kick within

3: Torquing and dropping the elbow strike down and across the patella (which is sufficient to dislocate it)

4: Defender positions for an opportunistic groin slap

5: Which is delivered....

6: The Defender then pivots with a ramming elbow to the sternum

7: Dropping the opponent...

Sequence 2: Instruction In Elbow 'Destruction' and 'Lock-Down'

1: Figure in black delivers an upward elbow strike to the 'line' of the figure in white's punching arm, impact site being the medial epicondyle of the arm

2: Here, the figure black continues with a depressing elbow action (see demonstration on right) against the shoulder and wrist, which rises up, and twists down, whilst pulling up thru the palms at the elbow joint - a compelling action....

3: demonstration as at 2 above....

4: Resultant effect......

Sequence 3: Elbow Sequence From the Lesser ape & Crane Set

The elbows in the sequence involve complex and explosive torque energy.  The impact points are multiple - depending upon how structures engage. The strikes are linear and curved, and strike in arc segments as well as whole paths  The feet engage and torque thru the opponents base

Sequence 4: Rolling Stomach Throw And Elbow Strike

This sequence taken from the Lesser ape & Crane Set

Sequence 5: Structure Breaking Using Palms, Elbows, Knee's, Kicks & Throws

1: Elbow to the acromion process of the shoulder

2: Secondary impact to the sternum and use of the palm to control the opponents right arm

3: Palm strike to shoulders to 'open' out the opponents structure at close distance

4: Grab and headbutt

5: Pull and lateral trip

6: Turn into throwing position

1:A lateral pull from the rear, with leg engagement and elbow to the chin

1:B1  Side pull over trip point

1:B2 Knee Kick

1:B3 Heel thrust