Shaolin Tiger Kung Fu, No3 Claw

A Devastating Technique only to be used in Dire Need


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3 - Tigers (Phoenix) Shredding Claw ↙

Animal Claw Kung Fu, Phoenx Shredding

Note - In Tiger Style, the technique is called Phoenix Shredding as one of the 4 Great and One lesser Tiger Claws (Scraping, Tearing, Shredding, Mauling and Pinching [Crab] Claw). Sijo often jumps between the two names, Tiger Shredding and Phoenix Shredding, but both refer to the wilder round Meteor Fist Striking Action. Also, although it may seem that the Crab Claw is an unusual claw to have in the Tiger System, consider that having at least one relatively benign technique allows the Tiger to occasionally educate it's attackers.


The Phoenix or Feng Huang (also known as Firebird) in Chinese is one of the 4 Chinese mythical animals, the other three are unicorn (Qilin), dragon (Long) and tortoise (Guixian) although tortoise exists in Chinese Mythology it is not as huge as Guizian. The Fenghuang is also known as the 'Rooster' since the bird sometimes takes the place of the Rooster in Chinese zodiac.

Phoenix style Kung Fu has many legends but most are short on any verifiable facts. There are two predominate popular versions; one of two avenging sisters and the other of a Monastery of Female celibate Monks who took care of their own security. Both of these suggest that two women fraught as one. The Phoenix Eye Fist is a well know technique and the more benign version. Where-as the Phoenix Shredding Claw leaves marks.

So, although Phoenix like symbols can be traced back around 4000 years, a real record of a Phoenix Style Kung Fu can not be found anywhere. But the is a possible explanation as often what we call the Chinese Rooster with the long tail and very elegant was often referred to as the Firebird. Yet, there is a book that claims to have the history of Phoenix-Eye Fist Kung Fu

Understanding Shaolin Phoenix

In Shaolin, the Dragon is a benign and wise spirit. It is not about pain and strategy but about solutions, cooperation and seeking the best outcome for all; the Buddhist way. Yet, hidden behind the Dragon is the Phoenix. When a solution can not be found; when the aggressor can not be placated; when everything has been tried and the only solution is loose-loose for everyone, then the Phoenix Rises. It is about sacrifice, total commitment for an outcome larger than the people involved. For example, if you want to protect your children/loved ones against overwhelming odds, it may be necessary to sacrifice yourself so that they can get away; but only if you have tried the Dragons way first.

In Shaolin Academy Kung Fu, the Phoenix is when all else has failed and there is no way out.