My husband did an 8th dan monkey demonstration last night against multiple opponents. It was extremely unnerving. The monkey is a creature of chaos, surprise, spontaneity, unpredictability. It's element is fire. The demeanor and applications that embody monkey are nasty; sharp, painful, unsettling and confusing. All thought of attacking is gone. You literally don't know what to defend against.
It was a fascinating contrast with my husband's usual direct functionality.