OLD EAGLE CATCHES SNAKE

Taijiquan Set from the 4 Abridge Combat Sequences

Wahnam Taijiquan

Grandmaster Wong performing the pattern "Old Eagle Catches Snake", from which the set is named



It was recorded that the great Patriarch Zhang San Feng drew his inspiration to evolve Wudang Kungfu, which later developed into Taijiquan, from Shaolin after witnessing a fight between a bird and a snake.

Later some scholars suggested that the bird could be a sparrow, which was unlikely as a sparrow was too small for a snake. Some suggested that it could be a crane, which was more likely, especially when there are crane patterns in Taijiquan.

It was also likely that this bird was an eagle, as many chin-na techniques in Taijiquan employs the Eagle Claw.

Hence, when Sifu Rama Roberto proposed the name "Eagle Claw Catches Snake", Grandmaster Wong readily agreed it was an excellent choice. The two masters were enjoying tea on the Blue Mountain. Grandmaster Wong mentioned that the "Taijiquan Four-Direction Four-Attack Set" and the "Shaolin Four-Sequence Four-Direction Set" were the only two kungfu sets in Shaolin Wahnam that were not poetically named. He said that it might be a good idea to have a poetic name for each of them.

Like all the other combat-sequence sets, the name "Old Eagle Catches Snake" is taken from a signature pattern in the set. It reminds us of the great gift Zhang San Feng gave us when he evolved Taijiquan from Shaolin Kungfu after witnessing a fight between a bird, which could possibly be an eagle, and a snake. It also reminds us of the many chin-na techniques in Taijiquan.

The set taught by Grandmaster Wong on the Blue Mountain during the regional Taijiquan course from 8th to 12th March 2009 is presented in videos below. (Please note that in Sequence 1 of the set, you should go into a poise stance in "Playing the Lute" after "Cloud Hands" before moving forward to "White Snake Shoots Venom".)

The "Old Eagle Catches Snake Set" was formerly called "Taijiaun Four-Direction Four-Attack Set". It is composed from the 4 Abridged Combat Sequences of Wahnam Taijiquan. These 4 abridged combat sequences were first taught in Japan , and then in Portugal . The sequences were revised on the Blue Mountain to make them more systematic for learning.

The 4 combat sequences performed in solo as well as the Portugal version of the set are also presented below.

PLEASE NOTE: you can download the video clips onto your own computer and view them at your leisure. Enter the webpage (not this one) where the selected video clip can be downloaded. Place your computer pointer at the picture or one of the links, and right click. Choose “Save Target As”. Select the directory or sub-directory where you wish to keep the video clip. Click “Save”.

Old Eagle Catches Snake

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Sequence 1 Sequence 2
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Sequence 3 Sequence 4

You can view the set here by clicking the picture below, or view it at Vimeo by clicking the caption

Old Eagle Catches Snake from Wong Kiew Kit on Vimeo.

4 Abridged Sequences in Solo Performance

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Sequence 1 Initiator Sequence 1 Responder
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Sequence 2 Initiator Sequence 2 Responder
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Sequence 3 Initiator Sequence 3 Responder
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Sequence 4 Initiator Sequence 4 Responder

You can view the four combat sequences here by clicking the picture below, or view them at Vimeo by clicking the caption

Four Combat Sequences of Old Eagle Catches Snake from Wong Kiew Kit on Vimeo.

Old Eagle Catches Snake - Portugal Version

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Sequence 1 Sequence 2
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Sequence 3 Sequence 4

You can view the version of Old Eagle Catches Snake taught in Portugal in 2006 by clicking the picture or the caption below

Old Eagle Catches Snake in Portugal from Wong Kiew Kit on Vimeo.

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Taijiquan 4 Abridged Combat Sequences

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