Springing Leg Form
Tan Toi Chuan
Toi is translated into Springing(y) Leg(s) or Snapping Legs.
Tan Toi, Tam Tui,
Springing Leg, King of the Long Fists, or any other variation, it's all
the same, Hard Work. We were told, all those who have studied Kung
Fu did some form of Tan Toi. This form is the essence of Shaolin
Kung Fu. It is comprised of basic hand and foot work and contains no
flowery techniques. This doesn't mean the form is easy, but, only
the form uses basics to accomplish its' purpose. The following is
just one account of several versions of how Tan Toi was initially
Tan Toi was founded about 400 years ago in the Ming
Dynasty (1368-1644). Cha Shang Yir, or Chamir his Chinese (Hui) Moslem
name, lived from 1568-1644, during which time he created Tan Toi in
Xinjiang located in Northwest China.
Tan Toi, a Northern Kung Fu form, today is most commonly
practiced in the 10 and 12 Routine Sets, however, this was synthesized
from a 28 Routine Set. Tan Toi is characterized by its' low
powerful stances and kicks. This form is both practical in
application, as well as, martial training and conditioning.
Wang Zi Ping, Kuo Lien Ying, and Grandmaster Peter Kwok
are among the many great masters who were accomplished in Tan Toi.
China Hand Kung Fu teaches the 12 Routine set as taught
by Grandmaster Peter Kwok.
Tan Toi has been broken down into the following parts for easy of
learning and training:
Closing Movements from a
Bow & Arrow Stance as many of the lines close in the exact same
fashion, so it is a separate lesson which can be referred to at any
Closing Movement from a
Horse Stance because the lines that don't close from a Bow & Arrow
Stance, closing from a Horse Stance.
Each of the 12 Movements
are done 3 times, Left Side, Right Side, Left Side. So the
video shows the form just like this. Each side is completely
Hopefully, this will make learning and mastering the form easy and
Watch Rob, Bill, & Mike do Springing Leg