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: Elbow Combinations As Structure Breakers
1: Lion's Roar! uses many of its techniques to penetrate, and then to break up, the opponents structure, Here we see an initial elbow strike to the opponents arm just above the epicondyle's
2: Here the Defender rolls his arms over the opponents 'bridge' so as to press down on his acromion process (joint formed by the articulation of the clavicle and the scapula) whilst pulling up with the palms against the elbow
3: Here, the Defender has slipped his right elbow over, to the anterior of the opponents right shoulder
4: The Defender now strikes back with the same elbow into the shoulder joint itself - with a lateral rotation.
5: This now re-orientates to bar along the shoulder plane of the opponent, and push deeper into the joint
5: The rear elbow now follows with an over-arcing strike
6: To the chin...
7: Continuation of above...
Sequence 2: Illustrating The Whole Body Torque In Elbow Strikes
Sequence 4: Jumping Descending Elbow Strike To The Top Of The Head
Sequence 5: Forward Rolling Shoot With Elbow Finisher
Sequence 6: Forward Rolling Shoot With "Roll Over the Throat" Elbow Finisher