Snake is such an animal which has no legs for fast running and by nature it’s cunning and gentle rather than aggressive and powerful. However, these are the reasons why the snake was included in the kung fu system.
The purpose of the snake form is to further develop the internal energy power. This energy is the essence that provides the martial artist,the focus and penetrating power far superior than the ordinary external attacks.
Since snakes have no arms or legs, the reptile compensates for its lack of limbs by rotating its body in a circular motion. To be an effective fighter, the snake can coil its body and lift itself straight up (like a cobra) in a striking position. From that coiled position, it straightens its body as it strikes towards its prey with devastating speed and precision. The snake derives great strength and power from its coiled striking motion and twisting action.
The second benefit, even more important than the snake’s unique striking technique, is the development and release of energy (inner energy) with each strike. Because they are calm, carefree animals, snakes have a lot of energy compared to other animals. When it combines it’s internal energy with external striking techniques, Snake becomes a formidable and powerful opponent.
The appearance of the snake is different from that of other animals because of its leisurely swimming movements. It provides strength that is both ,hard and soft. Most of the other animal style uses tense, aggressive power to strike opponents. There is no punch seen in the snake’s form, it delivers all the blows with its hood and poisonous teeth. Therefore, Snake Kung Fu is known for soft and hard attacks on its target. A different type of flexibility, stamina and alertness is seen more in the physical structure of the students who like this style.