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Dragon Kung Fu Next Step After Tiger Kung Fu!

Dragon Kung Fu After the Tiger

Dragon Kung Fu refers to internal martial arts training, and tiger kung fu refers to external martial arts systems.

Dragon Kung Fu would include such Chinese martial arts as Pa Kua Chang, Tai Chi Chuan, and so on.

dragon kung fu

Official Symbol of Kung Fu at Monster Martial Arts

Tiger Kung Fu would include such systems as Hung Gar, but would go outside the Chinese to such systems as Shotakan Karate (Tiger Emblem), Kyukoshinkai, and so on.

The main difference between the hard and the soft, or the external and internal martial arts systems, is emphasis on muscles in the hard, and emphasis on the growth of Chi from the Tan Tien in the hard.

Though, to be honest, do the Tiger Kung Fu styles long enough, and you will morph into the harder Tiger systems.

Now, most people consider that all you have to do is gear your training to development of tan tien based martial arts, and that will transform you into a dragon kung fu stylist. And this is true. But, there is an easier way, one that works more in conjunction with Tiger Kung Fu styles.

This means that if you do what I am about to tell you, you can easily transform your hard style into a soft style with just a little shift in your training.

To make the transformation from tiger kung fu methods to dragon, first learn how to make grab arts out of the self defense techniques you practice in the forms.

This can be easily done, and probably the best example of this is the Matrix Aikido method.

Now, here is where the change really starts. You must learn how to use less and less force when doing those grab arts.

Instead of slamming with the hips, learn how to nudge and unbalance, and let the unbalancing technique take its course.

Now, I could tell you dozens of things, but I shant. It would turn into a complex discussion, instead of a conceptual principle.

Heck, take apart those techniques by the thousands, get complex, but always refer back to this principle of using less and less effort.

And that is the way you transform Tiger Kung Fu into Dragon Kung Fu.

Here’s a great article on how to make Dragon Kung Fu out of Tiger Kung Fu, and here’s an interesting online martial arts course on the subject.

Monster Newsletter #318–Mad Monkey Kung Fu!

What a glorious day!
Perfect for working out, eh?
Maybe even working out twice.
Yesterday I spread my work out over the whole day.
Every time I finished a task on the computer,
I went upstairs and worked on a form.
I know a few forms,
so by the end of the day I was beat!
I was also glowing with satisfaction.
I don’t know if you’ve got the kind of job that you can do that,
but I recommend it.

One of my students,
just to add on a bit,
used to walk the circle during breaks and lunch.
Got himself three sure work outs a day,
then a work out before and after.
He was smiling ALL the time.
And, speaking of smiling ALL the time,
let me tell you tale of drunken revelry
that actually resulted in some serious research.

One night about around 1970,
I stepped into the restroom and used the facilities,
and wondered why all the women were staring at me.
I was that blotto.
And I didn’t even get arrested.
The ladies were probably laughing too hard to call a cop.
I had my back to them,
there was no malice,
and I was in the condition I was in.
why my condition?
you’ve all heard me say
at one point or another,
that if it wasn’t for the martial arts,
I’d be a drunk.
But I loved martial arts more,
and I wouldn’t drink the night before a class.
I was taking classes,
or teaching,
six nights a week,
so I remained sober six nights of the week,
and that sure saved my bacon.

on that one night a week,
I tended to…shall we say…over do it?

So one night I went to the movies,
did stupid things,
the next day,
I thought about the movie I had seen.
‘Mad Monkey Kung Fu.’
In it,
the hero had had his hands smashed,
as I recall,
and had then rebuilt his hands until he could do
the ‘Mad Monkey Punch.’

He struck with his fingers, then his knuckles, then his fist.
Bing, bang, bong.
All in a half second.

The idea was that his opponent could take one punch that fast,
and maybe two, but he couldn’t keep his energy intact
when struck with punches
so fast and quick.

Try it.

the research,
I wanted a punch unique to my purposes,
and I started doing punches in the following manner.
middle finger/index finger/middle knuckle/index knuckle/fist/fist
And I did this in time to a rhumba rhythm.
da da, da da, da, da!
I didn’t hit hard,
I just hit consistent,
and now,
decades later,
when I use one of those fingers on somebody
it works!
Mind you,
I don’t usually strike with a finger,
I just put it on my opponent’s body and press.
da da, da da, da, da!

and my opponent goes down!
Well, there’s more to it,
but I do it on some of the courses,
show one finger take downs.
Pretty easy once you have examined the body properly,
built the finger up a bit.
The best course for this is probably Temple Karate


That’s where I show how I do some of the classical forms,
the changes I’ve made after four decades of art,
I show the five forms that I use
which have the particular energy of the mad monkey strike,
through my own unique perspective,
of course.
which includes single finger take downs.

So that’s about it,
you don’t have to have crippled fingers to learn,
and you don’t even need to over imbibe on the libations.
you just need to get inspired
do the work
and keep doing the work for a few decades.
what better way to spend your time,

Here’s that link again,


And you guys
do a thousand kicks,
do push ups on your fingers,
and stay away from the booze!
Been there…done that…doesn’t work.



WIN OF THE WEEK: This is part of a win from Bill Tharp.

Your Matrix Kung Fu package is excellent instructional material as usual, and the best collection of easily learned joint locks and take-downs I have ever seen. A great buy for the money. It has greatly revived my interest in learning more. Thanks a million!

Thanks Bill, appreciate the kind words, have a great work out!

Send me your wins!