IN THE VIDEO ABOVE: Skip to 3:15 to see Jackie Chan performing Tiger Style VS Jet Li performing Praying Mantis Style

Tiger Style

Legend has it that the Shaolin monks studied the movements of various animals and developed exercises and fighting styles for each animal. While the lion is considered the undisputed king of the animals, the tiger is often regarded as the king of the jungle. A single, explosive and at the same time smooth looking stroke is usually enough for the tiger to break the neck of its prey, making it look effortlessly.


In martial arts, the tiger stands for internal force. Frequently it is mentioned that tiger forms strengthen the bones, i.e. promote the ‘Gu‘ Chi (bone energy), which in turn is another synonym for internal force. Tiger techniques make special use of consolidated internal force. The tiger also stands for courage and ferocity as well.

External Form:

As is true for a (large) cat, tiger patterns also have a smooth and soft component. Above all, however, they express concentrated power and superiority. Typical hand forms are the fist and the ‘tiger claw’. The frequently used ‘tiger claws’ are not meant to merely scratch the opponent, as it is commonly shown in movies. Rather, they are used to pull out the flesh, paralyze energy points, or dislocate joints.

In everyday life:

Internal force helps us to achieve better results in all things in life, whether at work, in hobbies or in martial arts. The tiger spirit helps to become self-confident, to open up and to take courage.

Matching weapons:

Big Trident, Guan Dao, Sabre, Crescent-Moon Spade, Round Hammers, Clutch, Hand Axes, Battle Axe


Tiger claw, striking force, Chin-Na (grips and locks)

Honolulu Uechi-Ryu Karate