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 Upright Clinch To 'Hand-Block' Take-Down
1: From an upright clinch position; here the Defender (Right) does not press the Opponents grip down and away, but instead uses his gripping arm (right) as a fulcrum. When the Opponent tries to spin the Defender by ramming his knee into the Defenders lead knee joint, the Defender absorbs the energy.....
2: The Defender simultaneously steps back and uses his shoulder as a lever against the Opponents shoulder with an additional fulcrum being the Opponents trapped left arm (at the elbow). as an additional fulcrum, the Defender chops the edge of his palm behind the Opponents lead knee joint - this action is called 'Hand Blocking' by the Chinese
3: Fulcrums and levers act to bring the Opponent down
4: Into an elbow lock
Sequence 2: Reversal 'Faan' of the technique above
1: Figure Black attempts the 'Hand-Blocking' take down from Sequence 1, above.
2: Figure White makes a gambit fall (sacrifice)
3: In order to counter (Faan) with a stomach rolling-throw
4: Up and over....
5: Momentum continues....
6: And into.....
7: The 'Mount Position'