The Tiger – represents earthly strength derived during the early stages of learning.
The Dragon – represents mental strength, which comes with seasoning.
The Circle – is symbolic (a) of life itself which is a continuous circle without beginning or end, (b) of all moves that evolve from a circle whether they are defensive or offensive, (c) of the bond of friendship that should continuously exist among system members, (d) and the base from which our alphabet stems.
The Dividing Lines – in the circle represent (a) the original eighteen hand movements – directions in which the hands may travel – (b) angles from which an opponent or you can attack or defend, and (c) the patterns in which feet may travel.
The Colors – represent proficiency, achievement and authority.
The Oriental Writing – is a reminder of the originators of our Art – the Chinese – and represents respect, not subservience to them. The symbols on the left translate to “The Spirit of the Dragon and the Tiger,” and the symbols on the right translate to “The Law of the Fist and Empty Hand.”
The Shape – (a) the top of the crest is like a roof which gives shelter to all who are under it, (b) the sides are concave because, like the roof of a chinese home, it will send back evil to where it came whenever it tries to enter and (c) the bottom forms the shape of an axe – it represents the executioner – which cuts off members who shame or oppose the codes of the system.