China's various martial arts disciplines have symbolized the long-standing rivalry and conflict between the Dragon and the Tiger. Dragon and Tiger are very powerful creatures and both are needed to achieve the delicate balance of male and female energies. These celestial creatures are fairly opposite in character with the Dragon boldly leading the offensive charge and the Tiger expressing a more defensive nature. However, they make a well-rounded whole when they come together. To better understand this concept, it's important to consider their characteristics separately before bringing them together.