The reputations of the crane is found in his grace of energy in excess of libido that is found in his body along with the fact that he is representative of longevity. The expressions calmness and confidence reveals the balance of essential energy the Chinese call “jing”. his ability to be able to stand on one leg for long periods of time to demonstrate a practice patience and concentration that is uninterupted. That idea of cultivating energy internally increases strength of the crane and is beneficial for internal and external use in training.
The crane is known for his beak, wing movements and leg maneuvers. All of their techniques are done in circular movements. The crane basically covers short, mid and long range fighting. Its methods are always soft, relaxed and pausedstriking to pressure points and vital areas of the body or the focus of attack. By using the cranes head (top of beak), crane beak (where fingertips come together) and under side of crane handform for hooking, the striking techniques are very effective. The strategy of the crane is mostly counter defensive. In order to execute the crane method a fighting the hands must be strengthened, legs condition along with footwork and expertise in circular counters with focus on small targeting areas. The crane is defensive so he does not attack only counter attacks. He would counter attack at any angle except the front.