The Shaolin Tiger

This is what I got from TanDao forums. A very fundamental and an amazing explanation of tiger style of fighting.


The Tiger is the lord of the land/realm. The Tigers natural, easy fluidity hides it’s ferocious power and dominance. Armed with deadly claws, sharp and strong jaws, the Tiger style is one of Simplicity, Directness and Power. Very simple, honest and direct strategies valuing truth, honor and justice above all.

Dominating, controlling, powerful, frontal, larger than life, Tigers rely upon their size and the explosive force delivered by their short, thick muscles, clarity of mind, rightness and purity of spirit to achieve their needs and wants.

Tiger Strategy
The Tiger does not need to defend, it is the ultimate predator. It has no evasion techniques, no blocking or defence. In any confrontation it leaps into attack going for the quick and direct resolution of the conflict. It does not have the stamina, inclination or need for enduring and prolonged activities.

The Tiger uses any simple and direct approach. It’s techniques and methods are easily understood with not a lot of strategic thinking or planning; and absolutely no preparation. The Tiger is purely reactive. Either the world is OK or the Tiger will do something immediate and sudden.

Tigers avoid fighting tigers………

“when two tigers fight, one is killed and the other is severely hurt”.

The nature of a tiger is also not to know when to quit. There is no retreat/surrender. There are no opponents; there are only victims and play things.


This is what Master Tan says about this explanation:

A precise description of tiger strategy. Obviously, this ideal strategy favors a practitioner with a strong, powerful physique, physically conditioned and mentally tough. However, the practitioners with medium or small body types must adapt angling, and subtle defensive moves in order to compensate for the size difference. Otherwise, it is aggressive and relentless counter attack.



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