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    Hello Sifus and students,

    I'm a writer and a martial artist but not a student of the 5 animals. I'm choreographing a fight scene between two masters, it is a friendly but intense sparring match. I'm looking for some assistance with the names of a few techniques (attacks and defences.) One master is a Tiger-Crane specialist, the other a Dragon specialist. If the TC master attacked with a specific technique, what named technique would the D master counter it with? And from there the counter to the counter? Spoiler in this fight the TC master wins the sparring match, so a good finishing move would also be helpful. Anyone who reaches out and wishes credit I will place in the acknowledgements section of my novel. Many thanks in advance!

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    Sounds like a very interesting project. Would you care to share more details with us?

    It looks like you are searching for whole sequence. As you are probably aware, there are literally hundreds of techniques (patterns) to choose from. So that makes it more fun to find options. How long would you like the sequence to run for? It was not uncommon for Masters in the past to spar just for a few patterns before agreeing not to spar further. I am assuming this is not what you're looking for? And regarding the masters in your novel: what are their characters like and why are they fighting at all?
    Sifu Andrew Barnett
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    • #3
      Thank you for your response Sifu Barnett. This is a superhero novel. One master (a Tiger-Crane specialist) finds himself recently transformed from his spry elderly self to a being of much greater vigor. A former tournament champion in his younger days, he has a chance to relive some of his glory with the other master, one thought by most to be an alien but in 'reality' a celestial being. The celestial being is quite old, a student of Ng Mui, and a specialist in dragon. There are stakes between the two of them, a wager, nothing life or death but enough to make it interesting.

      If you've ever seen the sword fight in the Princess Bride, where the combat is honourable and civilized but nevertheless, intense, that is the flavour I'm attempting. They banter, they compare styles, attacks, and counters.So a good Tiger-Crane attack with a counter that would make sense for a dragon practitioner, followed by a Tiger-Crane counter to the counter. (With some description of what that entails for both my and the reader's sake.)
      I expect the sequence not to be more than a few hundred words, often less is more in the mundane details with a few specifics and the reactions both physically and mentally/emotionally, makes for an interesting sequence.

      Essentially, Tiger-Crane attack, Dragon counter, Tiger-Crane counter to the counter... then some exposition on reactions/feelings about it, and a final dragon attack, tiger-crane counter for the win. If there's a tiger-crane throw/trip that would make for a good finishing move, perhaps a counter to a dragon tail sweep (I watched a video that included that,) that would make for a fun, experience. As always any help will receive acknowledgement (if desired) on my acknowledgements page.

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      • #4
        Hi Rover 223,

        Good to hear you are making a fight scene. Many years ago I put together a fight scene for a mini film. You can see the results here: https://shaolin.org/general/videos-shaolin-movie.html

        After many months of writing, storyboarding and practising the scenes we were ready for filming. Filming was shot over one long day. With lots of smiles and bruises at the end.

        The fight sequence was put together using our combat training sequences. You can look here for the name patterns: https://shaolin.org/general-2/16-combat-sequences.html

        Shaolin.org is an excellent resource and library of Kungfu history. So I am sure you'll find other information there for your story.

        You may also like to practice the movements and see how they would work or not for your story.

        Happy to offer input where I can for you.

        With kindness

        Sifu Tim
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        • #5
          Hi Rover,

          A very nice project.

          I had the honour of hosting a course on Tiger-Crane by our grandmaster in Vienna some years ago.

          I'm sure the 36 short sequences covered there are a source of inspiration:
          https://shaolin.org/video-clips-14/t.../overview.html

          Best wishes,

          Sifu Leo
          Sifu Leonard Lackinger

          Shaolin Treasure House

          Shaolin Wahnam Wien & Shaolin Treasure House

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          • #6
            Thank you Sifu Franklin and Sifu Leonard, I'm looking at the videos now.

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            • #7
              Hi rover223,

              You might also find our Sifu's translations of classic Southern Shaolin Legends interesting and inspiring. The way the fights are written sounds like the style you describe.
              Chris Didyk
              Shaolin Wahnam USA


              Thank You.

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              • #8
                thank you Sifu Didyk

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Grimlock View Post
                  Hi rover223,

                  You might also find our Sifu's translations of classic Southern Shaolin Legends interesting and inspiring. The way the fights are written sounds like the style you describe.
                  Thanks for the reminder dear Sidai. That brought fond memories of when I first read them! Maybe it is time for a second read. :-)

                  With Shaolin Salute,

                  Santi





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                  • #10
                    I've not been able to find a definitive name for a uniform like this one:
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                    • #11
                      This is not really a Kung Fu uniform. It is more a traditional Chinese suit, which is often used as a Kung Fu uniform. Some use the thinner ones as pyjamas too
                      Sifu Andrew Barnett
                      Shaolin Wahnam Switzerland - www.shaolin-wahnam.ch

                      Flowing Health GmbH www.flowing-health.ch (Facebook: www.facebook.com/sifuandrew)
                      Healing Sessions with Sifu Andrew Barnett - in Switzerland and internationally
                      Heilbehandlungen mit Sifu Andrew Barnett - in der Schweiz und International

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