Splashing Hands – Five Animals – 5. Crane



The Crane form strengthens you, improves grace, flexibility, rooting and power. Practising the Crane form lengthens the tendons and sinews. A traditional Chinese saying is that the longer the tendons, the longer one’s life.

The form incorporates many kicking techniques and leg-work techniques. It also incorporates subtle shifting of the angle to offset the opponent using changes in one’s balance. The hand replicates the crane’s beak for striking and blocking and the wing for deflecting techniques.

When incorporated into the basics of the browns, the sections, the advances, and all the basic square drilling, the crane adds an elusive, arrogant quality to the movements.

Sifu Chris Lomas demonstrates the form, breaks down each movement in detail and finally teaches fighting applications.

Splashing Hands was developed in the 17th century to teach fast powerful fighting skills quickly. Those who knew how effective the system is were reluctant teach this knowledge openly, teaching only a few select students. For this reason the system was never well known. Master Humei Lefiti was the first to openly teach the system in the 1960s. Of his many students, very few attained black belt status. One of them is Sifu James McNeil who taught the complete system of Splashing Hands to Sifu Chris Lomas and asked him to produce these DVDs.

The Animal forms are typically only taught to advanced Splashing Hands practitioners and build on the foundational techniques taught in Splashing Hands Volumes 1-4.

Please note that these videos were filmed in the early 2000s by a different production company in standard definition but Sifu Lomas’s teaching material is still excellent.

Duration: 84 minutes

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