AN SHEN PAO OR SAFE-BODY CANNON
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An Shen Pao or Safe-Body Cannon is a fundamental sparring set of Xingyiquan based on the Twelve Animal Form Set. There are different versions of An Shen Pao.
The following version is composed by Grandmaster Wong at the Xingyiquan course from 7th to 9th April 2015 in Toronto, and demonstrated here by Sifu Jushua and Sifu Michael, and by Sifu Hubert and Sifu David immediately after learning the set from Grandmaster Wong in just two days!
The Shaolin Wahnam version of An Shen Pao has the following features:
- It is comprehensive; it includes all the twelve animal-forms of Xingyiquan, namely dragon, tiger, monkey, horse, alligator, cockerel, hawk, sparrow, snake, ostrich, eagle and hear.
- It is complete; it includes all the four categories of attack, namely striking, kicking, felling and chin-na.
- It is systematic; the twelve animal-forms are presented in the order normally taught in Xingyiquan.
- It has depth; many of the counters are very sophisticated, but still maintaining the simplicity of Xingyiquan.