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Shaolin Animals

Of the many great styles of Kung Fu to emerge from Shaolin, animal style is perhaps the most famous. Monks in the temple observed the movements and characteristics of animals, and incorporated these themes into techniques. Most famous of Shaolin animals are Dragon, Tiger, Leopard, Snake and Crane.

These techniques are not only based on the obvious overt aspects of each animal, such as the ferocious gripping and tearing of the Tiger Claw but also on the spirit of each animal. For example the Crane is elegant and precise, whereas Leopard is fast and agile.

Of course, Dragon is a mystical being, however its principals take into account the characteristics of this legendary beast, such as chi cultivation, twisting, cirular movements, and Dragon Claw.

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