Styles, Claims, Principles and Why Choose Kungfu
We've covered this to an extent in past, but I would like to make a dedicated CMA version. So here we go:
What are the specific principles of your style?
What abilities does your style claim to impart?
What is the average timeline for the development of those abilities?
The nerve! On what basis are you cheeky enough to be claim enough expertise to speak for your style?
Chang Tien Temple Tiger Claw
Chang Tien Temple Tiger Claw is Tibeten, I figure its close enough to China so here goes:
Originally Posted by Repulsive Monkey
The style is primarily standup with takedowns and a limited ground game. The standup focuses on footwork and angles, much similar to what you would see in boxing. Getting in close for hip-on-hip contact is the main goal. The style doesn't really mess around with arms other than grabbing them to get them out of the way to manipulate the body at its core. There is a definite tiger mentality.
Two primary options for takedowns: (a) stabilize the lower body or apply leg chin-na and manipulate the upper body, or (b) stabilize the upper body and drop your knee, with all your weight, on their knee. This style likes to break things. Being a tiger claw style, skin and muscles are grabbed while throwing the person down. Then pulled up against their body weight as they fall. (Note, the claw isn't the palm-rake that you normally see).
The ground game is normally in the side mount in a kneeling position. The other person is typically rolled up onto the knees (in your lap). Ground positions are changed frequently. We have worked on rolling types of ground techniques a few times (aligator type rolling).
I've trained in the style off-and-on for 10 years, with various styles in between and a couple of years off in that period. The timeline for proficiency seems to be about 2-5 years, depending on how much you work it and how it is taught. Forms aren't really emphasized. Other than sparring and learning the style from fighters, I don't have any cage fighting experience. I've seen people rolled on their knees in a cage fight, however that was the only method from the tiger style that was used. The fight with the technique was pulled off of YouTube for some reason, otherwise I would post it.
Is that good enough for you? Do you want to know about some other styles that I know?