Stories and rumors abound in the martial arts community of masters of Tiger-style kung fu who can break bones with their iron grip or dislocate joints with a turn of their wrists. Some of these are exaggerated, but with proper training and harnessing of force, your tiger fist can have an iron grip that your opponents will learn to avoid.
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Piercing beans is used to train the practitioner to harness internal force and to toughen your hands. To practice this method, fill a basket or small tub that is slightly wider than your shoulders with an even mixture of green and black beans. While standing in a horse stance, pierce both hands into the bean mixture. Do not use physical strength during the piercing at first.
Fierce Tiger Cleansing Claws
Fierce Tiger Cleansing Claws is a Tiger kung fu form designed to harness power and transfer it to the tiger fist. Stand in a right bow stance. Swing both palms with fingers slightly bent from your left to your front. Place your right hand at eye level and your left hand near your right elbow as you let out a kia from your stomach. Turn your palms away from you and pull them down to knee level. Relax after your hands are knee level. Perform the form three times as a beginner, and then repeat the exercise from a left bow stance.
Taming the Tiger
Taming the Tiger is an exercise designed to add strength to your fingers, which is vitally important in Tiger-style kung fu. Start in a pushup position. Do pushups until you can easily do 30 pushups. After you can easily do 30, do your pushups by supporting your weight on your toes and fingertips. Do this exercise daily and work up to as many as you can do on your finger tips.
The Clawing Jar technique will continue to add strength to your fingers as well as your arms. To perform this exercise, grasp a large jar in a tiger fist and move it around for five to 10 minutes. Practice this twice daily. Each day, add an extra cup of water before you exercise. Once you have filled the jar with water, start adding a cup of sand each day until the jar is full. Practice the exercise once in the morning and once in the evening every day.