5 – Animal System
From The Dragon, we learn Versatility and Indomitable spirit. The Dragon is the mystical aspect of our system. The Dragon is noted for its spinning movements, such as spinning heel and spinning back kicks as well as Dragon tail sweeps. Low level lunges in all directions are very useful during Dragon training. The Dragon can change into any animal at any movement. This is a key part of the secrets of our system of movement.
From the Crane, we learn Grace and Balance in our fighting strategies, techniques as well as in our daily life. The Crane is very aware and evasive. Many people underestimate the Crane’s power. It doesn’t have much body weight, but it utilizes it very well and it positions itself effectively. The Crane has excellent stances, but understanding of being in the proper position at the proper time is probably it’s most valuable tool.
From the Tiger we learn Strength and Tenacity. The Tiger is very powerful and direct. The Tiger commits it’s entire mind and body into each move. There is no hesitation in the Tigers mind.
From The Snake we learn inner strength and rhythmic endurance. The Snake is very calm and accurate. Flexibility is a key part of Snake training. Don’t neglect upper torso and arm flexibility; not just your legs. The Snake is completely supple in body and mind.
From The Leopard, we learn Speed and Agility. The Leopard is extremely fast and angular. It is noted for its sudden changes of movement and varied angles of attack. The Leopard is not as big as the Tiger, but is capable of incredible power. Hand to eye coordination and reflex training drills are good foundations for effective Leopard techniques.