Punching, kicking, and blocking techniques with elbow and knee strikes.
Tiger forms and defenses are used to develop ferocity and strength for self-defense and confidence. The forms utilize low powerful stances combined with strong blocks, powerful kicks and strikes. This helps the student gain a better understanding of movement through their center of gravity while attacking and defending from various opponents.
The defenses are simple and powerful with emphasis on blocking or breaking a hold then countering with elbows and knees.
Beginning Chin Na (basic grappling).
After gaining proficiency with Tiger movement our students progress to Leopard forms and defenses.
The forms reflect the leopard’s agility, balance, and speed while continuing to refine core strength and awareness. Leopard defenses introduce technical fighting skills by incorporating basic sets of joint locks and pressure points.
Chi Na (pressure points) and leg sweeping.
Crane forms and defenses serve to further define our students’ abilities. While graceful, they are particularly challenging to all body types.
We integrate jumping and leg sweeps as well as strong wrist blocks and strikes. The defenses of the Crane continue the progression of the studies of pressure points and introduce concepts of hollow fighting.
Chin Na (take downs, grappling, pressure points).
As with all fighting styles, opponents often end up on the ground. At this point we incorporate a deeper practice of ground fighting, hence the use of Snake techniques. The Snake Forms and defenses teach our students advanced take downs, technical grappling including advanced joint locks, and pressure points.
Incorporates the four previous levels with more advance techniques.
At last we arrive at the point where we draw from all the previous levels: Dragon.
Mythically and philosophically the Dragon is revered for its ability to exist comfortably in all elements. A poised and balanced state of being is developed through continued attention to body, mind, and spirit.
Our techniques recognize these qualities and challenge our students through the forms and defenses that will help to make them a balanced practitioner of Ssu Tao Pai Kung fu.