Animals

            Unfortunately, human beings did not get any fancy attributes such as claws, fangs, talons, or other natural weaponry. However what humans did get the ability to reason, to see what was around them and how to assimilate it to their advantage.
            Animals have been influencing the technique of martial arts for countless centuries. They have been studied under the watchful gaze of master and students alike so that their particular specialty could be used to improve fighting styles. From careful study one would find that the animal's attributes lend to the arts speed, strength, power, stance, or any number of advantages that could aid in defeating ones opponents.
            Pangai-Noon has the Three Patron Animals. They were studied and the techniques were adopted into Pangai-Noon, and are the primary contributors to this style of martial art. They are as follows:

Tiger:

The Tiger is the first of the Three Patron Animals of Pangai-Noon. The tiger represents hard and raw power, and direct confrontation with an opponent. Using the ferocity of a tiger, a person utilizes their entire arsenal of arms and legs, to bring to bare the very powerful technique of this animal.

Crane:

The Crane is the second of the Three Patron Animals of Pangai-Noon. The crane represents timing, and the ability to interweave intricate technique together. From the crane comes the deep-rooted stance Tsuru Ashi Dachi (Crane Leg stance), as well as the crane beak and crane wing strikes. Putting together the seemingly awkward technique of the crane requires precision and timing so as to be successful.

Dragon:

The Dragon is the third of the Three Patron Animals of Pangai-Noon. The dragon represents softness and fluidity. The dragon is a mythical animal, described in Taoist tails as "revealing himself only to vanish". Dragon technique can and often incorporates other animal movements, however, the softness and fluidity of the dragon masks the attacks, making it difficult for and opponent to counter or retaliate.
            But the Three Patron Animals are not all that Pangai-Noon has in the way of animal techniques. There are others found though out the Katas. The different animal techniques offer a lot of different possibilities. Some of the other animals are as follows:

Mantis:

The praying mantis found in Pangai-Noon is from a southern Kung Fu system. There are deep roots in the Southern Group Mantis Fist and Chow Gar styles. The contribution is techniques that are close range, focusing on hand and arm techniques. This keeps the opponent close and makes the strikes very powerful.

Leopard:

One of the five southern Kung Fu styles, leopard is found hiding in the Pangai-Noon system. The leopard is cunning, watching and planning for the time to strike. Acting very quickly when the time for action arises, using the attack as the block, and utilizing the Leopard Paw strike.

Snake:

The snake is one of the five southern Kung Fu animal styles. It is a very powerful and fast animal, even with lacking limbs of any type. It waits coiled and ready. If given no other choice, it uses its slender, muscular body to propel its only means of attack, its head, at high speeds. The snack must be very accurate, string its intended target with precision. Then just as quickly, returns to a ready position, preparing to strike again should the situation require.

Eagle:

Eagles will quickly swoop down, bring their weight and momentum against the target, and latch onto pray. They dig into the flesh and muscle of their pray with powerful claws. From this we get the eagle claw technique. The intended use is to quickly grapple an opponent.

Phoenix:

The Phoenix is the counterpart to the dragon. The phoenix gives to us the very powerful and dangerous Phoenix Eye Fist, a technique capable of delivering tremendous amounts of power focused into a single knuckle.

Bear:

The bear is a mighty beast, whose movements tend to be basic compared to other animal styles, but generate tremendous power. Study of the movements of the body in conjunction with a solid grounded stance will produces technique that has power and is elegantly simple. This is demonstrated in the beauty of the Bear Paw strike, which can be used for both offence and defensive applications.

Monkey:

The monkey is a wily opponent. Often times in the wild, they are not as strong as their opponents. Therefore the monkey has developed and honed their natural abilities. Monkeys are very intelligent creatures, and have learned to use their wit for deceptive movements. Their bodies are very agile and very fast, allowing for precise strikes.