I've always had a cat mind, so I'm very attracted to the tiger style martial arts, but I don't have a teacher anywhere near me, as I'm living in the middle of Montana. So I'd like to know what other martial arts outside of kung fu have clawing techniques as a central or frequent point of the martial art.


First, within Kung Fu styles, you may want to look into Eagle Claw Kung Fu or anything with a strong chin-na techniques as part of their curriculum.

In penjak silat, there is a variety of harimau (tiger) styles, with the Sumatran styles going quite low to the ground, and matjan styles of standing tiger. Many of these use a small curved knife known as the karambit for attacking and controlling.

I've also seen a bit of East Indian fighting arts using palm claws primarily as a wrestling/disarming tool (as much as shredding the thumb muscles or fingers 'disarms' a person).

  • Of course, if you're looking for options closer to you, it's even less likely that you'll find these if you can't find any kung fu schools that even have a secondary tiger style as training. – Bankuei Jul 19 '17 at 21:29
  • Thank you! That gives me a good starting point! I wish I had a high enough reputation to upvote your answer. – Bearcat Jul 19 '17 at 21:47
  • No worries. Hope you find something you can train in and have a good time with! – Bankuei Jul 20 '17 at 2:17
  • On that chat room you opened… You don't have to leave an answer, but lemme know if you saw my comments. Thanks. – Sardathrion - against SE abuse Jul 20 '17 at 14:14
  • Apparently SE has the worst chat room notification system ever, I guess? I answered again in your room. Gah. – Bankuei Jul 20 '17 at 16:58

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