It is characterised by its extensive footwork, acrobatic kicks, low, wide stances, and unique fist position (where the thumb is curled in the same manner as the other fingers, rather
than wrapped around them). According to the Shaolin Grandmasters, the style is the single most external style in the Shaolin canon; the longer the stylist practices, however, the more
she or he comes to rely solely on internal power. In this respect it is similar to Northern Praying Mantis.
They organized these techniques into Seven Animals: the Tiger, the Crane, the Leopard, the Snake, Praying Mantis, Monkey and the Dragon.