IN GENUINE KUNGFU, SIZE, WEIGHT, AGE AND SEX ARE NOT DECISIVE FACTORS IN COMBAT
The following discussion is reproduced from the thread What is Genuine, Traditional Taijiquan? started in the Shaolin Wahnam Discussion Forum on 5th June 2006.
"But for those trained in genuine internal arts, size, weight, age and sex are not decisive factors in combat. Indeed, anyone who doubts this reveals his lack of exposure to genuine, internal arts."
-- Sifu Robin Gamble
Sifu Robin Gamble
Instructor, Shaolin Wahnam England
15th June 2006
Small vs Big, Women vs Men
I have managed to get some photos to illustrate your mis-conception regarding size, weight, age and sex in internal arts.
Your general view that a bigger-sized, heavier, younger person would beat a smaller-sized, lighter and older person is actually common. And with due respect to our fairer sex, most people think a man would beat a woman. All these factors are based on muscular strength.
But for those trained in genuine internal arts, size, weight, age and sex are not decisive factors in combat. Indeed, anyone who doubts this reveals his lack of exposure to genuine, internal arts.
My Sifu (Sifu Wong) is smaller-sized and older than most of his students, yet he can beat them in combat easily. The first three photos show Sifu easily throws Andy, whom he calls a giant, using the Taijiquan pattern "Carry Tiger Back to Mountain". These photos were extracted from a video recording the recent Intensive Taijiquan Course in January in Malaysia where I was also present.
The next four photos, also extracted from a video recording, show Anton, another giant, pinning Emiko to the ground with a Wrestling hold. Emiko uses the Shaolin pattern, “Carb Turns Body”, to throw Anton over. Emiko was jubilant. Beating other stronger and bigger-sized opponents is not a problem for her. But beating Anton, a powerful and experienced kungfu master, is a remarkable feat. The last photo shows the relative sizes of Emiko and Anton. The video was taken at the Advanced Combined Shaolin and Taijiquan Course in 2004 in Malaysia where I was also present.
As you mentioned before I suppose I have been lucky, because on several occasions I have seen women defeat men (or put in very good performances) while sparring or pushing hands, using not muscular strength but internal force. As I mentioned seeing Sifu Emiko was one occasion, but also in China I witnessed a young female Kung-fu master (I-chuan) push strong men about 15 feet backwards with great speed and force. It was obvious to me that the force was internal. Recently in Scotland I also witnessed Si Heng Kai's student Ann sparring much bigger opponents (all male) with little problem.
The relative sizes of Sifu Emiko and Sifu Anton. Behind is Sifu Mark.
Sifu Darryl Collett
Instructor, Shaolin Wahnam Scotland
16th June 2006
I love the pics of Emiko countering Anton - maybe a little bit of joy there .. just a scrap
Shaolin Wahnam Scotland
Charles David Chalmers
Shaolin Wahnam Canada
16th June 2006
Restoring the Glory of Kung Fu
Wonderful pictures indeed.
It reminds me of something that Sifu once wrote (and I paraphrase): "When a small woman can defeat a huge man in combat, then we know that our arts have come alive again."
I also like the pictures of Sifu battling the giant!
Charles David Chalmers
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