THE DRAGON-TIGER SET
CRYSTALIZATION OF TWO WAHNAM TRADITIONS

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Grandmaster Wong shows Steve how to employ “Double Dragons Emerge from Sea” to generate internal force at the start of the Dragon-Tiger Set

Our Shaolin Kungfu comes from two main lineages, that of Grandmaster Lai Chin Wah who was more widely known as Uncle Righteousness, and that of Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam. Hence, our name “Wahnam”.

Uncle Righteousness was well known for the beauty and variety of kungfu forms; Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam for combat application. Both of them were great fighters.

Grandmaster Wong combined the essence of Uncle Righteousness' forms with the combat application of Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam. The result was the Dragon-Tiger Set which crystalizes the best of these two traditions.

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Double Dragons to Develop Internal Force

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After the salutation, Steve performs “Double Dragons Emerge from Sea”. Many people perform this pattern merely as external form, missing the inner essence. It is an important pattern to develop internal force. Presence of mind and correct breathing are important.

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Leak Hand Cannon Punch

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After the force training pattern of “Double Dragons Emerge from Sea”, Steve moves to “Beauty Looks at Mirror” and “Pull Bow Shoot Arrow”, followed by three repetitions of “Leak Hand Cannon Punch Towards the Sky”. Do you know the combat functions of “Leak Hand”?

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The Secret of Double Dragons

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After the “Cannon Punch Towards the Sky”, Steve turns around to “Golden Dragon Plays with Water”, followed by “Precious Duck Swims Through Lotus” and “Double Dragons Compete for Pearl”. Grandmaster Wong shows Steve the secret behind the “Double Dragons” technique.

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Against a Low Swinging Punch

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The patterns here are “Fui Sing Kicks Bushel”, “Golden Cockerel Stands Solitarily”, “Reverse Hanging of Golden Lotus” and “White Tiger Presents Claw”. There is a transitional pattern called “Enter Sea to Seek Shells”, which Grandmaster Wong remarks is an effective counter against a low swinging punch. Steve demonstrates its application excellently.

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The Famous Butterfly Palms

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The pattern here is “Double Butterflies Fly together”, which incorporates the famous Shaolin Butterfly Palm which, I believe, not found in any other martial arts. The Butterfly Palms are very useful in combat but not many know how to use them. The circular movement of the palms are very important

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Hand Sweeps and Butterfly Palms

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Steve jumps around to execute “Horse-Riding Hand Sweep”. Following this are the two transitional patterns “Bow-Arrow Hand Sweep” and “Black Tiger Steals Heart”, and then the pattern “Z-Shape Butterfly Palms”. What do you think the Z-Shape Butterfly Palms are useful for? Is there any special reason for adopting the Unicorn Step?

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Effective Patterns for Combat

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The patterns here are “False Leg Hand Sweep”, “Poisonous Snake Shoots from Hole”, “Wave-Breaking Hands”, “Double Dragons Carry Moon” and “Black Crow Flaps Wings”. These are effective patterns for combat. Do you know their combat applications?

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Correct Foot Position for Reverse Bow-Arrow

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Steve proceeds to the patterns “God of Wealth Tames Tiger”, “Lead Horse Back to Stable” and “Golden Leopard Speeds Through Jungle”. Grandmaster Wong shows the correct form of the reverse Bow-Arrow Stance for “Lead Horse Back to Stable”. Notice the positions of the two feet. If the foot positions are incorrect, the stance will be flimsy.

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Subtle Footwork for Combat Efficiency

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Steve proceeds to the patterns “Hungry Tiger Snatches Goat”, “Lohan Emerges from Cave”, “Tame Tiger with String of Beads” and “Double Tigers Subdue Dragon”. These patterns involve some subtle footwork that enhances combat efficiency.

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Completing the Set without Feeling Tired or Panting

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From “Double Tiger Subdue Dragon”, Steve moves forward to “Bail Moon from Sea”, “Dark Dragon Wags Tail”, “Lazy Tiger Stretches Waist”, “Black Tiger Steals Heart:, “White Crane Flaps Wings”, “Dragon and Tiger Appear Together” and “Dragons Return to Den”. Steve completes with set without feeling tired or panting for breath.

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A picture series of the Dragon-Tiger Set with names of its patterns can be found here


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  1. Returning to the Basics
  2. Form, Force, Flow and Element of Threat
  3. Reviewing the Basic Combat Sequences
  4. Devising Strategies Using Combat Sequences
  5. Applying Strategies for Effective Combat
  6. Free Sparring with Prescribed Conditions
  7. Combat Sequences to Train Spontaneous Attacks and Responses
  8. Using Strategies and Tactics in Attack and Defence
  9. It is Heartening to see so Many People Using Kungfu in Free Sparring
  10. Felling and Gripping Techniques in Shaolin Kungfu
  1. How Sequence Training and Chi Flow Enhance Combat Efficiency
  2. The Tiger-Crane Set — Manifesting the Hard and the Soft in Shaolin Kungfu
  3. The Dragon-Tiger Set — Crystallization of Two Wahnam Traditions
  4. The Dragon-Form Set — Demonstrating that Softness Can be Very Powerful
  5. Shaolin Monkey Set — Symbolizing Spiritual Path from Cheekiness to Enlightenment
  6. Shaolin Five-Animal Set — Gist of Shaolin Forms and Essence
  7. Shaolin Pakua Set Set — An Exclusive Set Fit for Kings and Generals
  8. Combat Application pf Pakua — Sharing Secrets for Combat Efficiency
  9. Beginning to Learn some Monkey Tricks
  10. Refining Techniques in Combat
  1. Some Examples of High level Combat
  2. Collective Effort for Greater Benefits
  3. Can Sophisticated Kungfu Techniques be Used in Combat?
  4. Skills are usually More Important than Techniques
  5. One-Finger Shooting Zen — the Treasure of Shaolin Wahnam
  6. Raising Levels of Techniques and Tactics in Combat
  7. Bringing Combat Skills to More Sophisticated Levels
  8. Monkey Techniques are Flowing and Agile but can be Very Devastating
  9. Flowing with the Opponent's Momentum
  10. Beware of the Monkey Tricks
  1. Marvelous Techniques Beget Marvelous Techniques
  2. How to Raise your Level of Combat
  3. How you can Defeat your Opponents
  4. Employing Sophisticated Kungfu Techniques to Enhance Combat Efficiency
  5. Systematic Training is Essential for Combat Efficiency
  6. Raising Combat Efficiency from Basic to Advanced Levels
  7. Kungfu Philosophy and Swaying Willows
  8. Hands Pave the Way, Kicks to Clinch Victory
  9. Six Harmonies of the Double Tiger Claws
  10. The Amazement and Effectiveness of Monkey Kicks
  1. A Bag Full of Monkey Tricks
  2. Gentle and Flowing, yet Very Powerful
  3. Can your Responses still be Correct and Spontaneous in Real Fights?
  4. Incorporating Kicks into Combat Sequences
  5. Elaborate Patterns to Meet Complex Combat Situations
  6. The Benefits of Understanding and Applying Kungfu Philosophy
  7. Our Kungfu is a Training of Energy and Mind
  8. Ensuring Own Safety when Felling Opponents
  9. The Beauty and Profundity of Shaolin Felling Techniques
  10. Felling Techniques of the Dragon and the Monkey
  1. Felling an Opponent Without him Realizing What has Happened
  2. Pattern Analysis of the Tiger-Crane Set
  3. Tiger Patterns for Chin-Na, Against Kicks and Countering the Shoot
  4. Pattern Analysis of the Dragon-Tiger Set
  5. Revealing the Secret Tactic of Leak Hand
  6. From the Level of Techniques to the Levels of Tactics and Strategies
  7. Pattern Analysis of the Dragon-Form Set
  8. Effective Techniques for Fighting on the Ground
  9. Pattern Analysis of the Monkey Set
  10. Soft Techniques and Internal Force in Monkey Kungfu
  1. Interesting Monkey Patterns that are Deadly for Combat
  2. Pattern Analysis of the Pakua Set
  3. Pattern Analysis of the Five-Animal Set
  4. Variety of Techniques in Shaolin Five Animals
  5. Investigating the Combat Applications of Some Patterns
  6. Similar Patterns but Different Applications
  7. Effective Counters against Kicks, Grips and Knee Jabs
  8. Secrets of Skyward Cannon Punch in Continuous Attack
  9. Cannon Punch Towards Sky and Fierce Tiger Crouching on Ground
  10. Flowing Monkey Techniques against Powerful Tiger Claws
  1. Sophisticated Grips and Sophisticated Counters
  2. Breaking an Opponent's Elbow and Wrist
  3. Neutralizing Wrist Lock and the Three Harmonies
  4. Advanced Chin-Na Techniques and Counters
  5. Two Stories about Kicks
  6. How to Respond to Attacks Spontaneously and Correctly
  7. Can Beautiful Patterns and Flowing Movements be Effective in Combat?
  8. Linking Combat Sequences into a Set
  9. From Pre-Arranged Sparring to Combat Efficiency
  10. Crystalization of Combat Techniques from Past Masters
  1. Hei Sai or the Spirit of Energy
  2. Manifesting the Energy and Spirit of your Form
  3. Manifesting the Spirit of the Form
  4. Kungfu Practice is not just Physical Training but also Spiritual Cultivation
  5. Fluidity of Form, Energy and Spirit
  6. Shaolin Kungfu is Chi Kung and Meditation
  7. Revealing the Secrets of Shaolin Masters
  8. The Profundity of Shaolin Combat Application
  9. It is Easy to Fight against Boxers
  10. Avoiding a Boxer's Strong Points and Attacking his Weaknesses
  1. Some Effective Tactics against Boxers
  2. The Strategy of Not Allowing an Opponent to Escape
  3. The Strategy of Letting Trick Manifesting Trick
  4. The Strategies of Interception and of Striking Form
  5. Standardized Routines of Kick-Boxing Attacks
  6. Some Effective Counters to Kick-Boxing Attacks
  7. Felling a Kick-Boxer when he Kicks
  8. The Secrets of Two Tigers Subdue Dragon
  9. Shaolin Counters against Kick-Boxing and Karate
  10. Some Important Combat Philosophy and Principles
  1. It is Relatively Easy to Handle Karate Attacks
  2. Good Spacing When Executing Kicks
  3. A Variety of Taekwondo Kicks
  4. Effective Shaolin Counters against Taikwondo Kicks
  5. Trapping Legs and Subduing Opponents
  6. Making Expedient Changes to Surprised Attacks
  7. The Legacy of Sigung Ho Fatt Nam — Planting Willow in Front of Camp
  8. Having Fun in Throws and their Counters
  9. Sharing the Secret of Move Stance Change Step
  10. Some Unorthodox Felling Techniques Not Commonly Seen
  1. Felling Opponents with your Stances!
  2. Beware of Monkeys; they are Expert at Plucking Peaches
  3. Sophisticated Footwork and Leg Techniques of Monkeys and Gorillas
  4. Wrestling Throws are Found in Shaolin Kungfu Too
  5. Real Fighting is Different from Martial Sports
  6. Who Says there is no Ground-Fighting in Shaolin Kungfu
  7. An Incredible Secret of One-Finger Zen
  8. Understanding Muay Thai Fighting Strategies and Techniques
  9. Various Strategies to Counter Muay Thai Fighters
  10. Responding to Muay Thai Attacks Spontaneously and Correctly
  1. Avoiding Opponent's Strength and Attacking his Weakness
  2. Effective Ways to Counter Sweeping Kicks
  3. Effective Counters against Knee and Elbow Strikes
  4. Crouching Tiger against Grab Neck Elbow Strike
  5. Shaolin Kungfu for Combat Efficiency, Good Health and Spiritual Development

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