EAGLE CLAW STYLE
177 pages, Profusely illustrated with color and B&W photos, oversized
Eagle Claw Kung Fu: Tactics and Applications for Self-Defense, was written to highlight and preserve the training techniques of Eagle Claw Kung Fu. Sifu Lee, senior student of Grandmaster Leung Shum, incorporates core training elements such as:
One of the things we like about this book is that it is not designed for beginners. This allows Sifu Lee to honestly approach these higher level topics without having to dilute the information to include all levels. That is always a risky decision for authors looking for the widest audience. But this book succeeds in addressing its topics with an advanced sensibility.
We also like the fact that there are many photos — some in color — to fully illustrate his training techniques. The book is spacious and generous in all aspects.
Claw Kung Fu
This is the way a Kung Fu book should be. It gives a feeling for the complete system along with lists of forms, history, experiences, techniques and principles. Leung Shum has been a true leader trying to spread the art wherever he's taught. This is one of the classical systems with a long history, excellent Chin Nah and beautiful forms. The Eagle Claw concentrates on movements of that its famous namesake incorporating joint locking, throwing and seizing techniques of superior skill.
Contrary to what many see as one of the "animal styles" the idea of Eagle Claw is not so much to imitate the actions of the Eagle as the "strategy" and "spriit". This is a small but very good book on the traditional style by two qualified practitioners.
WuHuaBao is a Leopard form of the Eagle Claw system. Eagle Claw, being a combination of an older Eagle Claw with FanTzu (Tumbling Boxing) puts great store on agility. The Leopard is a smaller but more agile and "vicious" creature than its feline cousin, the Tiger. WuHuaBao is not a beginner's form. It has spinning kicks and tumbling actions. Though not as flashy as WuHuaBao the next set QianLiuShi is a major Eagle Claw set emphasizing the type of forward actions of an eagle skimming through the air looking for prey. According to the authors this is one of the major sets of the Eagle Claw FanTzu style.Excellent photographs, good translation, en face (Chinese/English) text, and a skilled performer make this a very good volume for interest in the subject.
17.95, 250 pages
Eight Step Consecutive Routine: This is a foundational form for the Eagle Claw sysem. It focuses on eight sets of double actions including punches, palm strikes, throat claws, elbows strikes and lifting punches. Though not long, it is a key set with well organized actions and practical attack and defense training.
Shaolin Punching is also a fundamental set in the Ying Jiao Fan Zi style. The eagle claw technique is emphasized here and the set is strong and hard. Firm stances aid with straight forward and simple though practical actions. Some of the wider variety of strikes introduced will add the following: pressing, spring punching, lifting punches, rolling raise punches and more. . .