12 SEQUENCES OF SHAOLIN TANTUI

Shaolin Tantui

Tantui is famous for leg techniques



“Tantui” means “Spring Kick”, i.e. a quick, sudden kick. It is the essence of Northern Shaolin Kungfu.

It is fascinating that the whole kungfu system of Tantui is crystallized into 12 sequences as follows:

  1. Thrust Punch -- Second Brother Offers Wine
  2. Kicking Attack -- Rising Dragon Galloping Tiger
  3. Chopping Attack -- Second Brother Chops Firewood
  4. Hook Thrust -- Green Dragon Exhibits Tail
  5. Lift Strike -- Cross-Road Lift Strike
  6. Double Spread -- Embrace Moon in Bosom
  7. Single Strike -- Single Strike Bell Sounds
  8. Thrust Kick -- Shoot Spear at Yun Pavilion
  9. Break Lock -- Second Brother Breaks Lock
  10. Arrow Spring -- Swallow Flies through Clouds
  11. Hook Hang -- Arrest Horse at Cliff
  12. Side Fist -- Turn Body Strike Rock

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A picture series of the 12 Sequences of Tantui can be accessed here.


tantui Sequence 1: Thrust Punch -- Big Boss Offers Wine

Tantui is the essence of Northern Shaolin, and Sequence 1 is the essence of Tantui. It may be difficult for many people, including those who have practiced Tantui for many years, to see how this sequence can be used for combat. Yet, if you are competent you can apply this sequence against any opponent irrespective of what techniques he uses.

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tantui Sequence 2: Kicking Attack -- Rising Dragon Galloping Tiger

The sequence is simple, consisting of a horse-riding punch, a bow-arrow punch, and a punch-kick combination. But a skillful exponent can use it to press an opponent to a wall.

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tantui Sequence 3: Chopping Attack -- Second Brother Chops Firewood

This is an effective sequence against opponents who frequently use kicks. It incorporates an important tactic called “windmill fists”, applying a pattern known poetically as “san huan tao yue” (“sam wan thow yuit” in Cantonese), which means “three rings round the moon”. It is like continuously hitting an opponent with two iron rods.

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tantui Sequence 4: Hook Thrust -- Green Dragon Exhibits Tail

This is a complex sequence with many interesting techniques, including “thread palm”, “stolen step”, “reverse jab”, “hook hand”, “separate palms” and “nail kick”. The “nail kick”, used in its combat sequence, is both exquisite and deadly.

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tantui Sequence 5: Lift Strike -- Crossroad Lift Strike

This is a relative simple sequence, but its application can be very profound. The lifted hand is not meant as a block, as some students may imagine it to be. Can you think of some useful applications of this lift-hand? One application, as used in its combat sequence, is to counter elbow strikes, like those frequently used by Muay Thai fighters.

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tantui Sequence 6: Double Spread -- Embrace Moon in Bosom

The technique of “double spread” found in this sequence can be used in numerous effective ways for combat. It should not used as a double attack at an opponent, with one fist attack his head and the other attacking his chest, as some students may do. Such an attack would expose you to much risk. Effective uses of this technique can be found in the Tantui combat sequences.

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tantui Sequence 7: Single Spread -- Single Strike Bell Sounds

Amongst other functions, this “single spread” technique is effective against Boxers. Using it in conjunction with a kick is quite formidable. Can you figure out how you would fight a Boxer using this Tantui sequence?

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tantui Sequence 8: Thrust Kick -- Shoot Spear at Yun Pavilion

This sequence introduces a remarkable tactic of tricking an opponent to attack you. As he moves in, you strike him with a punch and a kick. There are, of course, many other combat functions. Try to figure out what these other combat functions are.

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tantui Sequence 9: Break Lock -- Second Brother Breaks Lock

As the name of this sequence indicates, it is effective for breaking an opponent's locks and grips. But how can this be accomplished? The sequence looks simple enough. Herein lies the depth of Tantui. It is simple and profound.

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tantui Sequence 10: Arrow Spring -- Swallow Flies through Clouds

This is a formidable sequence to implement a pressing attack. Unless they are well trained, opponents are often pressed helplessly against a wall when such a pressing sequence is applied on them. This sequence incorporates the famous Northern Shaolin kicking technique, “shuang fei tui” (“seong fei thui” in Cantonese), or “double flying kicks”.

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tantui Sequence 11: Hook Hang -- Arrest Horse at Cliff

This sequence incorporates a few felling techniques. They are a “backward sweep”, a “forward sweep” and a “waist throw”. Can you tell where these felling techniques are?

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tantui Sequence 12: Side Fist -- Turn Body Strike Rock

What would you do if your opponent presses you down with his hand pressing on your elbow and the other hand gripping your wrist, as in the pattern “Lohan Tames Tiger”? An effective counter is “Stretch Fist” in this sequence. There are of course other combat functions for Stretch Fist. Can you think of any?

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The 12 Tantui Sequences can be viewed collectively. Please click on the picture to view the video here or on the caption below to view it at Vimeo.

12 Sequences of Shaolin Tantui from Wong Kiew Kit on Vimeo.

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12 Sequences of Tantui
Tantui in Picture Series
Combat Application of Tantui
Tantui, the Essence of Northern Shaolin
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Treasure House of Kungfu Sets
Treasure House of Combat Application

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