How to Learn Basic Tiger Kung Fu

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How to Learn Basic Tiger Kung Fu
Kung fu is an ancient self-defence art. (Chinese Kongfu image by huaxiadragon from

Kung fu is a martial art that has existed for centuries as a means of personal defence. Many styles of kung fu attempt to emulate the style and power of wild animals and mythical creatures. The tiger claw is a key element of the tiger style of kung fu, which combines being light on your feet like a cat with the fierce claws of a big cat, such as a tiger. The tiger strike targets an attacker's weak points, allowing a smaller victim to defend against a larger attacker.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Stand in the cat stance by placing the majority of your weight on your back leg, while supporting a small percentage of your weight on the balls of your front feet. Both legs should be slightly flexed.

  2. 2

    Raise your hands in the tiger stance by holding your trailing hand at shoulder height, with the palm facing the elbow pointing straight down, and your lead hand held just below your trailing wrist, with your forearm parallel to the ground. Spread the fingers on both hands, then bend them in like claws.

  3. 3

    Use both hands to block an attacker's strike by blocking it with your lead forearm, and pushing both arms across your body to deflect the strike.

  4. 4

    Strike back with your rear arm following the block, pulling it back across your body and raking the attacker across the eyes. This will diminish your attacker's ability to see.

  5. 5

    Follow the rake with a punch to the solar plexus of the attacker to knock the wind out of his lungs, reducing his ability to breathe and follow you if you flee.

  6. 6

    Drive your rear knee into the stomach of the attacker. This will double him over, allowing you the opportunity to escape. The prior attacks will make the attacker less inclined to follow, as he will have difficulty seeing and breathing properly.

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