The tiger is the definition of power. Like the bear, the tiger generates it’s strength through mechanical alignment, but the tiger has the unique ability to flow through these positions. The bear is rigid and hard, yet the tiger is soft and fluid. The tiger combines strength and soft fluid power.
A tiger shifu is strong and powerful. Power comes from highly developed stances and the ability to combine the basic power sources. The tiger has a unique rolling circular motion which gives it more versatility in directing it’s power. While the tigers power is still based upon centerline shifts, drops, and rotations, the tiger is capable of combining these rather than the linear motions of the bear.
The tiger strengthens the sinews and the bones. The tiger utilizes the white muscle fiber and the sinews for snap, while being supported by the red muscle fiber and the bone for support. Therefore the tigers motions strengthen the entire constitution including the core muscles so often overlooked.
The tigers Chi is explosive in nature. Because of the tigers immense strength, it can send its chi through ripping and tearing Fu Jows (tiger strikes) damaging large parts of the opponent at once. Tiger blocks are bone breaking and strikes are devastating to the opponent.