- May 2, 2020
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Leopard styles are a lot older than CLF, so naturally CLF is a distillation. 3 family styles, at least a couple of those had techniques in the curriculum classed as "Leopard".There were very few leopard techniques in the CLF lines as directly named "Leopard does anything". Leopard in my experience in CLF is more an attribute to physical activity/techniques/energy rather than actual mimetic or "inspired" techniques. I'm sure there are some lines that specifically work on getting the names and breakdowns in, but not a game breaking thing for what I learned.
Chaap Choi is probably the absolute best known "Leopard" technique in CLF. It means Stabbing punch and has little to zero in relation to the hand shape. Instead it is all about the energy of the technique, delivered and intended. A leopard isn't a big cat compared to Tiger in CLF or other Southern Shaolin styles. It can't/doesn't pounce and maul like that cat. It's fast and hits hard and often versus a one shot kick of strike. It has a squared shaped paw with underslung claws compared to a tigers flat paw and forward extruding claws. It approaches things from a different mindset.
Though there is one exception. One style replaces Dragon Snake Tiger Leopard Crane, with Dragon Snake Tiger Panther Crane.
It's Hay Sa Fu. A form of Hung Kuen that is not Hung Ga Kuen, but contributed to it.
Still can't find my Wing Lam book but the wiki..