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Hung Gar is a form of self-defense originating from the Fukien Shaolin Temple. Its main characteristics are low stances which imitate the power of a tiger ready to pounce and crane movements which are balanced, sudden and elusive.

Hung gar fighting theory concentrates on "shifting" animals. Blocks and attacks are placed on the "bridge", or the opponents forearm. Pounding blocks demand a great deal of conditioning of the bony wrist section of the forearm.

Hung gar training builds up the practitioners strength in the arms and legs and raises the level of internal energy (chi) by means of intensive stance training and breathing exercises. Each motion of hung gar has a different way of breathing which has a calming affect on the nervous system. Energy is focused in the dan tien (two & a half inches below the belly button). This way, the focus of the body is lower, the weight is closer to the ground and the hung gar student becomes immovable, like a rooted tree. Hung gar is an intense and rewarding way to unite mind, body and spirit.

There is no greater illusion than fear,
No greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself,
No greater misfortune than having an enemy.
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