The Northern Eagle Claw System is one of the great fighting systems of Kung Fu. It was founded circa 1150, during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) by General Yue Fei . He devised the famous “108 Fighting Techniques”, as a system combining simple blocks and punches with intricate grabs, locks and pressure point strikes. His soldiers, trained in this system, continuously defeated their enemies, earning a fierce reputation for Eagle Claw. Years later, during the Ming Dynasty, a monk named Li Chuen combined the 108 hand techniques with the leg techniques of the Faan Tzi system to form one complete system, known today as Ying Jow Pai.
Eagle Claw uses punches, palm strikes, kicks and sweeps found in most Martial Arts. Jumps, flips and splits are also distinguishing features. But the head of the system lies in the locking techniques: grabbing pressure points and immobilizing joints using the principles of Yin and Yang, soft and hard power. This enables a person to defend himself regardless of size or strength.
The training of Bak Shaolin Eagle Claw is extensive. Students start with stretching and conditioning the body with Kung Fu basics: blocking, striking, kicking, jumping and turning. Then they learn forms (classical routines of Eagle Claw moves), self defense techniques, weapons and sparring. The program is designed to develop a physically, mentally and spiritually well rounded martial artist.
Weapons play a major role in Kung Fu training. Eagle Claw weapons include the staff, short stick, sword, saber, three section staff, spear, double headed spear, Kwan Do, chair hook swords and daggers. Each weapon has a different purpose in self-defense as well as in body conditioning. Instruction in all these weapons is included in the Bak Shaolin Eagle Claw training Program.