Many kung fu styles base their techniques on the movements of animals. These animals include the snake, dragon, crane, leopard and tiger, among others. According to the Shaolin Kung Fu Academy, a tiger stylist “leaps into attack” and goes for a quick resolution of a fight. Tiger style kung fu techniques are typically quite fast and violent in nature.
Tiger Claw Strike
The tiger claw strike is frequently used in tiger style kung fu. Perform this technique by striking your opponent with the heel of your palm. As you strike, your fingers and thumb are bent so that your hand forms a claw. You can hit your opponent in the chin with the tiger claw and then drive your fingers into his eyes. Rake down on his eyes to complete this technique. The tiger claw can also be performed by hitting your opponent’s jaw and then raking down on his ear with your fingers.
Tiger Tail Kick
The tiger tail kick is similar to the spinning back kick used in other styles of martial arts. To perform the tiger tail kick, spin to your right and go down on your left knee. Place your hands on the ground for support. From this position, drive the bottom of your right foot backward at your opponent. This technique is often used to kick prime targets on your opponent’s lower body. For example, you can damage an attacker’s shin, knee or groin with the tiger tail kick.
Tiger Front Sweep
The tiger front sweep is a fast technique that can surprise your opponent if done correctly. To execute this technique, begin in a fighting stance with your left foot in front of your right foot. Crouch down and simultaneously swing your right leg out in front of you. Place your hands on the ground for support as you sweep your opponent’s legs out from underneath him. The tiger front sweep should abruptly take your opponent to the ground.
Tiger and Dragon Go Into Hiding
This technique can be used if your opponent is trying to punch you. If he delivers a punch with his right arm, you can twist to your right to avoid the punch and attack his arm. While keeping your right hand in a claw position, grab his right wrist with your right hand. As you grab his wrist, bring your other palm horizontally across the front of your body and strike his elbow. This technique is meant to break an attacker’s arm. You can simultaneously kick his front knee with the bottom of your right foot as you execute this technique.