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    crane's beak

    contrary to popular belief, the crane's beak is not a strike with the tips of the fingers, as is often displayed in movies. that is classic misdirection.

    the real use of the crane's beak is as a hooking motion. the flexion of the wrist is well suited for this purpose. the fingers have nothing to do with it. hooking with the base of the hand is very strong.

    this is used to hook the wrist or the neck for controlling purposes.

    wrestlers often take a grip with one hand on each other's upper arm, and the other hand draped over the back of their opponent's neck. the hand on the neck is a crane's beak.

    another use of the crane's beak is to strike, but not with the fingers. Instead the crane's head or wrist bone (japanese koken) is used. the wrist flexion projects the outer surface of the wrist just before contact. It is similiar to a backfist strike.

    as well, crane's beak is a short arm technique and as such projects the point of the elbow. Often crane's beak motions are actually elbow strikes. they just look like they might be fingertip strikes.

    there is one more use, but it is just too complicated to explain easily. ( a two point rotating lever that is an intergral element of throws in some arts. it uses the elbow and the wrist hook to stick attach and lever. this motion is common in many jujutsu techniques.


    i use it to poke eyes out, a la jackie chan or the three stooges.


      The Three Stooges has the ultimate self defense moves. You wont expect it comming!
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        if only Moe worked on his Chi


          actually, i believe the "beak" of the crane hand form is used to strike pressure sensitive areas such as the eyes and the temple



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