Leopard kung fu began as a southern style that has seen some northern influence in the form of Panther. Leopard is construed as a soft subsystem and is used to develop speed and strength, for it is the fastest of the tiger family. It was developed by Mot, a great choy li fut kung fu practitioner, and was included in tiger kung fu because of its different structure and style of attack.
Although the chain and whip are occasionally used in leopard kung fu, the main weapon in leopard kung fu is the fist. The fist is formed in such a way that it can jab, rake or crush on any surface without alteration, striking soft points in the anatomy and structural weak points. Ribs are a frequent target. The back of the hand is often used in breaking while a variation with the first two fingers extended like chelicerae is used for attacks to the eyes.
There are other weapons at a Leopard Kung Fu practitioners disposal, apart from the specific Leopard fist an opponent a forward elbow smash. This allows a closer range of fighting. Being extremely hard, the elbow works great when striking soft area such as the face, throw and solar plexus. Built in to the forms it is designed as being a fight ending strike.
Knees strikes are also included as close range weapons. As with a lot of Kung fu styles, the knee and elbows are used in the forms simultaneously. The theory on this is that an opponent is unable to defend against both strike from the top and bottom of the body.
The other main weapon used by Leopard Kung Fu practitioners is low crescent kick, which aim to strike out at the lower leg area, including th enables and knees. The kick will aim to impact with the inside edge of the kick.
Snow leopard, leopard at dawn, leopard bares its claws and Panther are forms seen in tiger. The first is from the Tibetan snow leopard kung fu system and is arbitrarily included. The second utilizes tiger footwork in conjunction with leopard hand techniques. Panther, the highest form in the style, has all of leopard kung fu kicking maneuvers and uses the 3rd leopard form as its foundation.
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