Thank you for choosing allexperts and me for your question.
Crab is an unusual style and there is sketchy if any information available on it.
I have had it expressed to me by some that they felt Crab was a fictitious style. There are numerous theories from it being fictitious to it having been an ineffective style that was not propagated. Chinese martial arts is pretty vast and consider that sometimes a technique is performed but could have different names in those various styles. So, it might be known by other names, however, I am only aware of it being called Crab style or the Crab form. I can assure you, however, and whatever it might be named, it is quite real and effective. To be effective, of course, there are training methods and techniques involved. As the saying goes, none succeed without effort and there are many techniques and methods to apply effort to and train with.
The crab style uses an open hand formed in claw positions. For it to be effective requires good finger strength as you might clearly imagine. That finger strength can be acquired with pushups progressing from being on the thumbs and 4 fingers, to pulling in the pinky, then pulling in the pinky and ring finger, and then pulling in the pinking, ring and middle fingers so you are on the thumb and index finger only. I believe allexperts allows for photographs now, so if I am successful I will post one of me doing the sequence of finger pushups just mentioned. Also, tossing and catching an iron palm bag strengthens the fingers and the griping/grasping/riping power of the hands which is necessary in Crab and other styles.
As far as a resource, I don't honestly know of any DVD's or books on the subject out there. I have had people point out youtube video clips but most of them appear to be from movies that are cheesy..... but entertaining and amusing :-).
Considering that I have been asked about the crab with some frequency I might create a book on it in the near future to act as an intro to the Crab style that I practice and show some techniques. If you'd be interested in such a book let me know and I will put you on my mailing list and notify you when it is ready. Because the more I think about it the more there seems to be a need for a book and some other info on the Crab style.
Sorry I could not be of greater help but I hope this does provide you with some information and, hopefully, as I complete a book, that will be even more. Again, let me know if you are interested.
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Since 1971 I have been involved, trained and instructed in 5 Animal 5 Family Kung Fu and can answer questions on subjects such as Qi Gong, Hand Conditioning (Iron Palm and herbal practices), Southern Kung Fu Systems, Weapons, 5 Animal 5 Family Kung Fu, health aspects of Kung Fu and fighting aspects of Kung Fu, and various techniques. Our system is based on the 5 major Animal Styles which are Tiger, Dragon, Snake, Leopard, and Crane. We also teach a variety of other animal styles such as Black Bird, Peacock, Horse, Donkey, Elephant, Ram (also called Small Cross Set) and other Animal Styles. Besides Animal forms we also teach forms such as Butterfly Palm, Praying Mantis, Combination, Crab, and others. The Family Forms we teach are Hung Gar, Choy Gar, Li Gar, Fut Gar and Muk Gar. We also teach a variety of weapons such as Staff, Quarter Staff, single and double batons, Spear, 3 Sectional Staff, Kwan Dao, Darn Dao and Darn Gim, Nunchaku, Iron Sais (Gen), Chain Whip, Kwan Dao, Darn Dao, Single and Double Daggers, Chinese Wand, Axes, and more. Kung Fu is a way of balancing Body, Mind and Spirit.
Teaching Kung-Fu, Tai Chi and Chi Kung since 1981
Teaching Kung Fu and Tai Chi to law enforcement, prison and military personnel for fighting, health and stress reduction.
Instruction in Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Chi Kung in group and private settings.
Offering Corporate Wellness Classes, stress reduction, etc., to businesses.
Working in medical clinics offering instruction in proper physical structure and movement, breathing techniques to reduce stress and pain, achieve better sleep and improve healing.
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World Street Combat Organization
Latin American Martial Arts Society
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Education/Credentials Began instruction at 12 in the early 1970's in Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Chi Kung
Awards and Honors Congressional Award of Special Recognition
State Assembly of California Award of Recognition
Florida Hall of Fame
International Black Belt Hall of Fame
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World Street Combat Organization recognition as a combat oriented instrutor
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