Back in Stock! A202 TIGER-SWALLOW FIST
by Gao Tao Sheng
$14.95, 121 pages, softbound, lots of photographs
Note: This book is in Chinese and English!
A famous routine in Mantis circles, the Tiger/ Swallow is a form of contrasts. Essentially simple and easy to learn it specializes in "Big Opening and Big Closing", straightforward techniques typical of Mantis, and some quick changes. Beautifully laid out, each page of text opposite a high quality page of photos never more than two. Applications are covered in the text.
Master Gao Tao-Sheng: born in 1915. Training: Di Gong Men with Master Fan Zhong-ching, Praying Mantis at the Qingdao Martial Arts School, Northern Shaolin at the Jinan Martial Arts School, and Wu Dang under Taoist priest Fa Zhou.In FuXian he continued his Shaolin Long Fist and Praying Mantis training under Grandmaster Wang Song-ting for 8 years. 1949 he moved to Taiwan. 1961 he founded the Hsing-Sheng Martial Arts School in Taipei.
This introductory form shows key Praying Mantis skills. The photography is clear with only one or two pictures per page. The form is not long and includes not only basics actions but some poses particularilly good for demonstrating proper Kung Fu posture. Long out of print, we're glad to see this one back.
Straightforward English/Chinese breakdown.