The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~


Saturday, February 25, 2006

Eagle Claw


Legend tells us that in the year 1130, General Yue Fei, during the struggle of the Southern Song Dynasty against barbarian Jurgens, developed 108 seizing (joint lock and pressure point manipulations) which became the basis of the martial art known as Eagle Claw.

The 108 seizing techniques became combined with Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, and became the legacy of the Lau family. Shortly after the turn of the 20th century, the Ching Mo Association was founded in Shanghai. It was because of the Ching Mo Association that Eagle Claw became more widespread and popularized.

Today there are many different branches of Eagle Claw, but they can all trace their roots back to the Ching Mo Association. The two most notable masters of Eagle Claw are the sisters Gini and Lily Lau.

If you click on the title of this post, you'll be directed to a wikipedia page on the subject of Eagle Claw.

1 comment:

CARDINAL009 said...

Great pic of the Eagle

fyi: Eagle has Talons. Tiger has claws.

Note on Leung Shum's Eagle System.
http://www.rothrockskungfu.com/index.cfm?page=8
http://www.angelfire.com/ga2/stepstoinsanity/eaglelet.html
http://www.personalfitness.com/EagleClawPages/ArticlesOnEagle.html