HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF
CARRY TIGER BACK TO MOUNTAIN
Carry Tiger Back to Mountain is the fourth of the four combat sequence sets in the basic Wahnam Taijiquan syllabus, the other three being White Snake Shoots Venok, Green Dragon Shoots Pearl, and Black Bear Sinks Hips.
Each of these sets is composed of three combat sequences, making 12 combat sequences together. These 12 sequences in the present version came from the sequences resulting from Striking Hands training. To help students progress more effectively, Grandmaster Wong stylized these sequences in Striking Hands into 12 combat sequences in the original version .
Although they are not exactly the same, these 12 combat sequences in both the present and the original versions were inspired by our first 12 Taijiquan combat sequences in the 1980s . A main difference between the 12 combat sequences in both the present and the original versions on one hand, and the first 12 combat sequences in the 1980s is that whereas both the initiator and the responder in the former use Taijiquan patterns, in the latter the responder used Taijiquan to respond to the initiator using Shaolin Kungfu.
This fourth combat sequence set, Carry Tiger Back to Mountain, deals with all the four categories of attack, with special emphasis on chin-na and felling techniques. The shoulder strike and knee strike are also included.
Carry Tiger Back to Mountain in Picture Series