San-Sau Gallery 8
Steve Richards teaching Lesser Crane Set San-Sau.
Images taken from digital video.
Under NO circumstances should these techniques be practiced without qualified supervision.
Lesser-Crane Set Circle Steps with inverted dorsiflexion kick
Lesser-Crane Set Circle Steps with inverted dorsiflexion kick: opposite view
Application from an upright rolling arm-bar:
The defender (right) torques his hip into the attackers elbow, causing the attacker to stretch open his mid-line. The defender immediately 'opposite-locks' his lead foot, so that it rises to curve inwards towards the attackers groin - the foot itself turning into dorsi-flexion
The Attacker instinctively places his hand across his groin to protect against the impact.
The defender 'flicks' the dorsi-flecting foot in a stirring motion - to 'lift and separate' (the 'Playtex kick') - the relatively light but shocking contact raising the attacker's base from the floor
The defenders impacting leg remained bent, allowing a natural chamber to re-fire a second kick, this time a thrusting knee strike, aimed at the illiac crest of the pelvis, the impact folding the attacker in the middle and disrupting his structure and leading to collapse
Continuation of above
Continuation of above
Demonstrating the proper angle of the foot relative to the lower leg on impact of the initial dorsiflexion kick
Demonstrating the proper angle of upward penetrating impact for the secondary knee-kick to the iliac crest. The foot should torque downwards into plantar-flexion
Attacker 'gambits' a grip on his right wrist before slipping to the off-side
Too late defender.... "Crane's Wing's" sprawling is not an option...
Spinning the shoulder plane and neck whilst stepping back with the lead foot - absorbing the attackers momentum and re-directing it
Keeping the head turning to confuse positional information
Watch out for a last grab attempt at the knee
Or another-nother last grab at the ankle... keep the torque thru the neck and spine
Take his falling bodyweight thru his elbow joint against your knee (fulcrum) his arm as a lever
Attacker tries to knee strike from the floor
Counter knee strike - partially thru 'position' to block the line of attack and partly thru dropping knee to ribs - torque the wrist and pull back the arm thru the elbow again - thru the left knee
As above but with deeper step back
Keeping the spin on - allows a repositioning
To the opposite side