Lesser-Crane Set

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Steve Richards teaching Seed Fists and Lesser Crane Set San-Sau.

Images taken from digital video.

Under NO circumstances should these techniques be practiced without qualified supervision.


An upper-arm wheel, with phoenix-eye pressure point to the neck

As the pressure-point 'bites' the wheel continues to arc over, and the supporting leg is swept

As above, showing fall onto concrete surface

A final 'spin' to rotate the neck during the fall


A 'Crane's Wing' wheel arm - similar to the 'washing-ling' technique.  The stance can be high as rotation into the opponent utilizes the vertical axis of the body, which is more efficiently used, if the spine is properly aligned to the vertical plane.  Once the opponent is 'rotated' and moving, a minimal 'root' is required to continue the torquing forces

Sinking down the vertical axis, and accelerating the turn 'inside' the opponents turning circle, stresses his spine, and disrupts his structure.  The folding action on the head - adds to this, as well as overloading sensory data, and ability to react

Additional turning force is applied to the small of the opponents back - this contact point acting as a further fulcrum

The forces 'summate' and whip the opponent thru his own vertical axis


Another Crane's Wing Wheel-Arm: Pak-Hok Che-Kiu. This one engages towards the opponents mid-line, by contact above the elbow joint - arresting counter action by the elbow and wrist, and using the opponents free rotation at the shoulder to displace his shoulder-neck-shoulder plane alignment, and therefore also his spine.

This action 'stretches his torso on the exposed flank. The 'rising wing' now follows the line of least resistance and sinks into the exposed ribs

The 'Wing' contracts into an elbow strike, which also turns inside the orbit of the shoulder joint, keeping the structure mis-aligned

The Wing opens again, keeping the elbow controlled

The bridge is 'depressed' with exhalation adding to the momentum of the sink

The fingers strike at the carotid artery on the end-point of the torque and sink action