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.
Sequence 1: Take-Down Defence And Headlock
Defender scoops attackers head to disturb balance, structure and capacity for information processing
The attacker accelerates his head to break away from the path of the scoop and starts to move his arms forward to attempt a tackle
The defender attempts a groin kick, intending to impact with his shin, the attacker makes a grab for the kicking leg, and then to lift up and throw the defender.
The defender withdraws his leg so as to catch the attackers arm in the pit of his knee. Simultaneously he turns to one side, presses his left arm down on the attackers neck, and strikes to the spine with his elbow
Continuation of the above. In the Street, the defender would sprawl his whole bodyweight down and on to the attacker, in training it has to be tempered - especially as a concrete floor is being used.
The defenders right leg has pulled the attackers structure open....
Out of picture: The defenders left leg (at the knee) is jamming against the side of the attackers neck, pushing it away from the pulling action of the defenders right leg- whilst bodyweight is being placed against the base of the attackers skull - a head-lock
Showing the position of the head-lock, minus bodyweight drop and augmenting use of the hands
Showing the use of the hands, twisting the attackers shoulders (oppositely) to apply further torque thru the neck. This pressure, combined with the knee jamming against the neck is a submission hold in itself. Any motion on the part of the attacker can be arrested by a simple increase of pressure - particularly thru the knee
Sequence 2: Simple Wrist-Elbow Lock and Throw
The defender has engaged the attacker from the rear and applied a compound lock (wrist and elbow)
The defender uses a 'stealing step' to rotate behind and thru the attackers right hip (additional fulcrum). The attackers arm being pinned, spins him around in the direction of the turn, but at higher acceleartion
Here, the defender applies torque to the structure and stability of the attackers shoulder joint, augmenting the turning forces acting on him. Normally, the defender would position his left leg by stepping further back and thru the attackers 'base' - as this will accelerate him more. It isn't 'necessary' however, and the concrete is an unforgiving surface to fall upon
Showing the basic arc path of the throw