HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF
GREEN DRAGON SHOOTS PEARL
Green Dragon Shoots Pearl is the second of the four combat sequence sets in the basic Wahnam Taijiquan syllabus, the other three being White Snake Shoots Venom, Black Bear Sinks Hips, and Carry Tiger Back to Mountain.
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 second combat sequence set, Green Dragon Shoots Pearl, introduces two important kicks, the organ-seeking kick and the side kick, as well as some sophisticated patterns. The pattern, Striking Tiger Poise, can be used to defend against any kicks, and In the hands of a master, the pattern, Green Dragon Shoots Pearl, which is used to name the set can be used to counter any attacks!
Green Dragon Shoots Pearl in Picture Series