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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.

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San-Sau Sequence-1

Attacker (L) attempts to withdraw from a bridge engagement, and re enter the base by placing his foot 'inside' this is to use the principle of 'Sim'

He uses his 'rooting' weight placement and arcing high-to-low back-fist to drop weight into the defender (R)

Defender (R) counter-slips the foot placement, and places his foot to the outside - like a sidewalk 'ridge' -also 'finding' the attackers knee. Simultaneously, he uses 'Crane' dissolving bridge techniques, to slip the attackers extended right arm into stretched position, altering the alignment of the opponents shoulder plane, neck and spine. This is to use the principle of 'Jeet' - an interception by inducing a Bardo-Void

Leaning back to 'absorb' the attackers rotating - and unbalanced momentum, he maintains the 'foot-edge' contact to displace the attackers turning body sideways, this being augmented by a simultaneous spin on the neck.  Note that the attackers right arm is pushed high and backwards - adding to the torque travelling thru the spine.

The attacker's structure crumples into itself vertically, and the defender applies a final rotation backwards to the opponents head under the chin. This is to use the principle 'Chon' - destruction and completion

San-Sau Sequence-2

As above in sequence 1, except that the counter move engages the attacker 'inside' his base-root

The attacker uses the rotational force induced into him - to attempt to 'collapse into the defenders structure, and to make a leg-pick at the defenders leading leg.  The defender has shifted his weight back in anticipation of this -

Allowing him to rapidly step back, the momentum of which is turned back into the opponent as an acceleration of rotational forces.  Note that the attackers arm is projected up high, twisting the spine, and that the defenders right arm 'catches' his head, so as to provide a control strut, simultaneously inserting a 'mounted thumb' pressure point lever to the carotid artery, in itself not too damaging, but as part of an informational overload, it causes the attackers legs to buckle, and his structure to crumple.

Continuation of above

The attacker spins into a wrist lock, applied as he fell so that his weight fell 'thru' the joint

Continuation of above

San-Sau Sequence-3

Similar position to sequence 2 & 3 above, with initial 'reflex' engagement to the bridge.  Note that reflex actions are not 'intelligent' in that they are not compliant or pre-programmed - as such, but are simple initial responses to an 'incoming line'.  These form the buffer from which 'intelligent' action can be developed.  Entrainment can give a 'general shape' (Rupa) to reflex actions that fire out to fill 'space'.

The attacker has used the secondary principle of 'Faan' (reversal) to attempt the same conter as used by the defender in sequence 2 above.

The defender has 'computed' this reaction, and thru entrainment, is aware of relative spatial positions of structure, and of movement. This allows him to 'Jeet' the attackers motion, and begin to 'turn inside' it, to proceed thru 'Chune' to 'Chon'.

Continuation of above: note how the defender uses his lead foot, devolved from centrally fixated control, to 'seek out' and progressively engage the attackers right leg, as a rooting preparation for projecting torque into his structure.  The defenders right arm pushes upwards above the attackers right elbow, to displace his control over his arm, and to begin to tilt the attackers shoulder and neck plane alignment.

Here the engagement is beginning to control and then 'uproot' the attacker

The attackers right foot is losing its contact with the floor, and the defender is rotating the shoulder and neck plane

The attacker is now fully compromised and beginning his 'rotational collapse' of structure

The arc torques further round, the acceleration at the center of the structure formed mutually by both attacker and defender, accelerates the attackers bodyweight out thru his spine.  The defender is 'close' in engaging the attackers right shoulder with his own right shoulder, and uses this to add even more spin.  The attackers arms are trapped and ineffective.

The defender places his thumb in the attackers eye in order to further 'compel' the turn.  Every opportunity for informational overload into the attackers structure is taken.  This further displaces the head.

A final piece of rotation and leverage is provided by the defender 'reaping' the attackers right knee, this will allow a very sharp body smash into the floor, back-of-head first to impact.   The Defender can safely shift his weight and balance to one leg, as he is at the center of the turning circle that is applying centrifugal force to the attacker.