SINGLE TIGER EMERGES FROM CAVE

Single Tiger

Grandmaster Wong demonstrating Single Tiger Emerges from Cave



The Set that Enabled Participants to Free Spar in Three Days

A common misconception amongst many martial artists is to think that first there were kungfu sets, then masters tried to use the patterns in the sets for combat. It was the other way round.

In reality, first there was random fighting. Those who fought frequently discovered that certain ways of fighting were more effective than others. These effective ways of fighting were formalized into patterns. Later, masters linked suitable patterns into sequences for even more effective fighting. These sequences were then linked to form kungfu sets. These processes evolved over many centuries.

We relived these processes at the regional Shaolin kungfu courses in Andorra, Switzerland and Finland in August and September 2006 in just three days. But we didn't have to start from scratch. We are very fortunate to inherit the kungfu patterns as well as combat philosophy from past masters. What we did was to select the appropriate patterns for representative combat situations, practice their combat application at the pattern level and then at the sequence level, and linked the sequences together into a kungfu set. We call this set “Single Tiger Emerges from Cave” after the most commonly used pattern in the set.

How the participants at the Switzerland regional Shaolin Kungfu course learned the combat sequences is shown in the video clips here.

How they leaned to apply these combat sequences in gradually diminishing control in sparring is shown here. And how they eventually used kungfu patterns and sequences in free sparring is shown here.

These combat sequences are linked into a set, “Single Tiger Emerges from Cave”, shown in the series of video clips below. In this methodology, as implemented in the regional courses in Andorra, Switzerland and Finland, the kungfu set is learnt last. It is the summation of previous combat training; it reminds students how they can use combat sequences for sparring. There are, of course, other functions of set practice too. In this ser, there are 8 combat sequences, and they cover all the four categories of striking, kicking, felling and gripping.


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YouTube: You may download and view the video faster via YouTube. The video showing the leaning process of the 8 Sequences and be accessed here, and the video showing the Complete Set can be accessed here.


Shaolin Combat Sequences

Sequence 1: Top, Middle, Bottom

This sequence covers the top, middle and bottom strikes, and their defence. It is a shortened form of the first three sequences in our 16 basic sequences taught in the Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course. The attack mode starts with “Lohan Asks the Way”, and the defence mode with “Single Tiger Emerges from Cave”.
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Shaolin Combat Sequences Sequence 2: Side Attack; Sequence 3: Continuous Attacks

The long sequence shown in this video clip can be broken into two sequences. The first part constitutes Sequence 2 of the set. The second part consists of Sequence 3.
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Shaolin Combat Sequences Sequence 4: Double Side-Kicks

In this sequence as well as the next sequence, both the attack mode and the defend mode use “Lohan Asks the Way” as poise patterns. Kicking attacks are introduced. The counter, “Heavenly Priest Stamps Insignia”, can be used for almost any kicks.
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Shaolin Combat Sequences Sequence 5: Whirlwind Kick

The whirlwind kick is introduced. The counter, “Heavenly Priest Stamps Insignia”, requires good footwork for its successful application, striking the kicking leg as the kick just passes.
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Shaolin Combat Sequences Sequence 6: Felling Technique

The poise pattern for the attack mode is “Single Tiger Emerges from Cave”, and for the defence mode is “Lohan Asks the Way”. The pattern for the felling attack is “Felling Tree with Roots”.
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Shaolin Combat Sequences Sequence 7: Hold and Strike

How would you defend against an opponent who grips your hand and strikes you at the same time? Reversely, you may use this formidable technique against your opponent. Do you know why the exponent's left hand in the picture on the right is swung behind in this chopping attack.
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Shaolin Combat Sequences Sequence 8: Counter against Chin-Na

This is the 8th and last sequence of the set. There is a slight mix-up in the demonstration here. The attack mode should be “Single Tiger Emerges from Cave”, “Black Tiger Steals Heart”, “Lohan Tames Tiger” and “False Leg Hand Sweep”; and the defend mode “Lohan Asks the Way”, “Single Tiger Emerges from Cave”, “Chop the Hua Mountain” (left chop), and “Hide Flower in Sleeves”.
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Shaolin Combat Sequences Combat Application of Sequence 8

This is a supplementary video clip to show what Sequence 8 should be. Here in combat application, the defence mode is matched against attack mode. In the set as shown in the previous video clip, the attack mode is performed in solo, followed by the defence mode.
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8 Shaolin Distilled Combat Sequences from Wong Kiew Kit on Vimeo.


Shaolin Combat Sequences Single Tiger Emerges from Cave — Part 1

The set is now performed continuously as a set and not in separate sequences. As the complete set is too long to be shown in one video clip here, it is shown in four parts. Please note that Sequence 2 and Sequence 3 are performed here as a combined sequence, and only the attack mode is shown here. The defence mode will be shown in the next part.
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Shaolin Combat Sequences Single Tiger Emerges from Cave — Part 2

The defence mode of Sequences 2 and 3, and both the attack mode and the defence mode of Sequence 4 are shown here. The patterns in a sequence are performed continuously like waves in theLong River, and not in a staccato manner.
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Shaolin Combat Sequences Single Tiger Emerges from Cave — Part 3

Sequences 5 and 6 are shown here. Having practiced the combat application, you would understand that it is not just the techniques that are needed. What is more important are the skills. The technique for felling, for example, is not a contest of strength; if you are skillful in its application, the technique just runs its course.
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Shaolin Combat Sequences Single Tiger Emerges from Cave — Part 4

This part shows Sequences 7 and 8 of the set. Please note that in Sequence 8, the pattern “Chop the Hua Mountain” should be executed with the left palm and it occurs in the responder-mode of the sequence. The set is the result of its combat application, and not its combat application is the result of the set.
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Combat Application Set -- Single Tiger Emerges from Cave from Wong Kiew Kit on Vimeo.


We would like to thank Sifu Andrew Barnett of Shaolin Wahnam Switzerland for recording the videos

The set shown in picture series can be found here

There are, however, some minor differences between the picture series and the video clips. In the video clips, Sequnces 2 and 3 are performed together as one sequence, whereas in the picture series the two sequences are shown separately. In the video clips, the chopping attack is executed with the right palm and by the initiator, whereas in the picture series it is executed with the left palm and by the responder. The version in the picture series is to be the standard version.

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