The Book OfBy Paul Yune Andre Kwon Tchelistcheff
Crane Style Kung Fu Crane style kung fu is a Southern style of kung fu that came from Fujian The characteristics of crane style kung fu are rooted stances, hand techniques, and close combat Crane style kung fu was made for tall, skinny people Crane stylists used long, circular movements, not straight and short movements Crane style was usually done on one leg. One leg blocking, one leg kicking Crane stylists used long strikes to push their enemy (ies) back. When their foe(s) are pushed back, crane stylists strike their enemy’s pressure points. Crane style mimics cranes
Snake Style Kung Fu Snake style has two different styles, Northern and Southern Northern Style: Sinuously move by compressing one’s abs Use grounded footing Aim for eyes, joints, and pressure points Leads to weapon training Southern Style: Usage of chi, or “inner energy” Usage of breathing techniques Both Southern and Northern style mimics snakes
Leopard Style Kung Fu Leopard stylists don’t rely on power, they rely on speed, outsmarting their opponents, and attacking from angles Leopard kung fu masters focus on attacking joints Leopard stylists use leopard punch and low kicks The goals of leopard style are to develop muscles, teach patience, and master leopard punch Leopard stylists usually don’t block-they are very offensive Leopard stylists use a hit-and-run strategy, much like a real leopard
Dragon Style Kung Fu Dragon style kung fu is a Southern martial art It is an external method The motto for Southern dragon style. is “control yourself, let others do what they will. This does not mean you are weak. Control your heart, obey the principles of life. This does not mean they are stronger.” Dragon style footwork is like a zig zag, much like a dragon Dragon style has fluid movements which are very hard to counter.
The History of Tai Chi Tai chi originally started as boxing but nowadays people do it to improve their health Tai chi was created in the 17th century (1600s) Tai chi uses chun szu jing or “creating power” The proper stances in tai chi are responsible for the enormous power tai chi gets “Tai chi” literally means “great ultimate” or “great ultimate fist”
Tai Chi Training The warm up of tai chi is made of stretching, body rotations, and breathing The key parts of tai chi are that the eyes lead your body, your waist controls your body, and your hands follow your body Tai chi uses zhang zhang which is a heavy concentration exercise
The Power In Tai Chi Some of the many different “powers” in Tai Chi “Cutting power” is a quick cutting motion, used to disable an opponent’s attack “Counter power” uses an opponent’s strength against them “Inches power” is a strong strike aimed near a pressure point “Fine power” is a strong strike aimed right on a pressure point “Bouncing power” moves an opponent backward in a series of bounces, by using vibrations “Vibrate power” sends an opponent flying backwards, by using vibrations