Best Fight Scenes: Animal Style Kung Fu

Chinese martial arts, also known as “Kung Fu” or “Wushu”, are famous for incorporating the behaviors of various animal species into some of their styles. The most commonly known animal styles are Tiger (strength, ferocity/offense, grappling), Crane (height, balance, evasion, precision strikes), Snake (deception, speed, coiling motion, precision), Monkey (deception, agility, acrobatics, low maneuvering), Praying Mantis (aggression, forearm strength, hooked finger grappling, vital point strikes), Dragon (internal strength, fluidity, deception, power), Eagle Claw (grappling, finger strength, pressure point manipulation), and Leopard (upward force, upper body strength, patience, defense). I’m no expert on Animal Kung Fu but a fan of awesome fight choreography so I decided to delve a bit deeper and research some of the Animal Kung Fu styles used in certain films/television series. Here’s a compilation of some Animal Kung Fu fight scenes.

Here are links to the short films featured in this video:
Da Uomo a Uomo Vol. 1:

Shapely Heroes – Snake’s Victim:


List of movies and Animal Kung Fu styles featured in order of appearance:
1. The Forbidden Kingdom (Praying Mantis, Tiger, Crane)
2. Fearless (Tiger)
3. Martial Club (Tiger, Snake, Eagle Claw, Praying Mantis, Leopard, Dragon)
4. Bushido Man (Praying Mantis)
5. Da Uomo a Uomo Vol. 1 (Praying Mantis, Tiger, Dragon, Crane)
6. Ong Bak 2 (Tiger)
7. My Young Auntie (Tiger, Eagle Claw, Praying Mantis, Monkey)
8. The Legend of the Wolf (Monkey)
9. Kung Fu Panda (Tiger, Leopard, Snake, Monkey, Crane, Praying Mantis)
10. Iron Monkey (Eagle Claw, some Crane)
11. Magnificent Butcher (Leopard, Snake, Dragon, Crane)
12. Bangkok Knockout (Tiger)
13. Spiritual Kung Fu (Leopard, Crane, Snake, Tiger, Dragon)
14. The Prodigal Son (Dragon)
15. Fury in the Shaolin Temple (Tiger, Leopard, Praying Mantis)
16. Shapely Heroes – Snake’s Victim (Snake & Tiger)
17. Heroes of the East (Crane)
18. Challenger (Dragon, Eagle Claw)
19. Cheetah on Fire (Leopard)
20. Magic Crystal (Eagle Claw, Praying Mantis)
21. The Wrath of Vajra (Monkey)
22. Shaolin vs. Lama (Tiger, Crane)
23. The Kung Fu Master (Praying Mantis)
24. Ip Man 2 (Tiger, some Crane)
25. Kung Fu Cult Master (Dragon)
26. Thundering Mantis (Eagle Claw, Praying Mantis)
27. Dragon Fist (Dragon)
28. Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (Snake, Eagle Claw)
29. Mad Monkey Kung Fu (Monkey)
30. Top Squad (Monkey, Eagle Claw)
31. Champions (Praying Mantis)
32. Tiger on the Wall (Leopard, Praying Mantis)
33. The Fist, The Kicks, and the Evil (Crane)
34. Clan of the White Lotus (Tiger, Crane)
35. Warriors Two (Praying Mantis)
36. Monkey Kung Fu (Monkey, Crane)
37. Knockabout (Praying Mantis)
38. Snake in the Monkey’s Shadow (Snake, Monkey)
39. The Victim (Eagle Claw)
40. Shaolin Mantis (Praying Mantis)


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