SHAOLIN WAHNAM KUNGFU SETS
VIDEOS AND PICTURES

Shaolin Five-Animal Set

Grandmaster Wong demonstrating the Shaolin Five-Animal Sets



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Kungfu Sets

While a kungfu set is mainly used for demonstration in many other schools, in Shaolin Wahnam it serves many useful purposes, such as:

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Eighteen-Lohan Fist

San Zhan

The Eighteen-Lohan Fist was evolved from the Eighteen Lohan Hands.


Little Lohan Fist
Eighteen-Lohan Fist

Combination Set of Taming Tiger

Taming Tiger

A combination set is a systematic way to learn to respond spontaneously with appropriate skills and techniques of the set to certain combat situations

Taming Tiger Combination Set 2010
Taming Tiger Combination Set 2014

San Zhan of Wuzuquan

San Zhan

Grandmaster Wong gave an impromptu demonstration of San Zhan in Sifu Attilio's beautiful hotel in Finale Ligure, Italy in May 2014. San Zhan is not only a fundamental set in Wuzuquan to develop internal force, its techniques can also be used to counter any attack!

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Wing Choon Shui Ta

Shui Ta

Shui Ta, which means Miscellaneous Fighting, is meant to train combat efficiency. This set is specially composed to be taught in a Wing Choon course in Barcelona on 6th and 7th May 2014.

Video 2014

Dragon-Strength Chi-Circulation Set

Dragon-Strength

Dragon-Strength is Grandmaster Wong's specialty. The set can be very fast and powerful.

Video 2014
Video 1980s

12 Sequences of Tantui

Shaolin Tantui

Tantui, the essence of Northern Shaolin, is famous for leg techniques.

Video
Picture Series

Taming-Tiger Set

Taming-Tiger

Different versions of the Taming-Tiger Set are found in a few kungfu styles, including Lohan and Wudang. The best known is from the Wong Fei Hoong's lineage.

Video 2014
Picture Series 2014
Combat Applications of Taming Tiger Set
Videos - Finland 2010
Video - Australia 1980s

Tiger-Crane Set

Taming-Tiger

The Tiger-Crane Set is a famous Southern Shaolin set incorporating the tiger-claw and the no-shadow kick.

Video - 36-Pattern 2014
Pictures - 36-Pattern 2014
Video - 36-Pattern 2000
Pictures - 36-Pattern 2000
Video - 108-Pattern 2014
Pictures - 108-Pattern 2014

Shaolin Iron Wire Set

Taming-Tiger

The Shaolin Wahnam version of the Iron Wire Set is inspired by the orthodox version in Wong Fei Hoong’s lineage, but is different from it .

Video - Sungai Petani 2014
Pictures - Sungai Petani 2014
Pictures - Ireland 2012
Video - Finland 2010

Where a Buffalo Lies

Flowing Water Floating Clouds

A skilful exponent can perform any kungfu set at a space where a buffalo lies.

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Choe Family Wing Choon

Choe Family Wing Choon

In this Choe Family Wing Choon set performed at the Tribute to Sifu Show, Sifu Tim Franklin demonstrated force training, attacks to four corners free flowing patterns from the flow method.

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Xingyiquan

five element continuous fist

Xingyiquan is sometimes known as kungfu for generals.

Five-Element Continuous Fist 2013
Twelve animal-Form Continuous Fist 2013

Baguazhang

swimming dragon baguazhang set

Baguazhang is famous for its beautiful patterns, agile movement and sophisticated applications.

Swimming Dragon Baguazhang Set 2013
64 Combat Applications of Swimming Dragon 2012
64 Palms of Swimming Dragon - Pictures 2012
Baguazhang Circle Walking - Videos 2012

Wuzuquan

San Zhan

Wuzuquan, or Five-Ancestor Kungfu, is famous for profundity in simplicity.

San Zhan - Videos 2012
San Zhan - Pictures 2012
Twenty Punches - Videos 2012
Twenty Punches - Pictures 2012
Kicking Leg - Videos 2012
Kicking Leg - Pictures 2012
Wuzuquan Kneading Hands - Videos 2012
Wuzuquan Sparring Sef - Videos 2012
Shi Zhan or Practical Fighting Set
Set Practice and Combat Application of Shi Zhan

108-Pattern Yang Style Taijiquan

Yang Style Taijiquan

In our Wahnam Version of the 108-Pattern Set, the main techniques are practiced both sides. Grandmaster Wong also added a few patterns from the fundamental Taijiquan Thirteen Techniques.

Videos 2013
Pictures 2013

24-Pattern Simplified Taijiquan Set

24-Pattern Taijiquan 24-Pattern Taijiquan 24-Pattern Taijiquan

This is the first Taijiquan Set taught in our school and includes all important patterns in Taijiquan. Click on the links to see the set demonstrated by

Choy-Li-Fatt Twelve-Fist Set

Choy-Li-Fatt

This Choy-Li-Fatt set is very effective for free sparring with or without gloves, especially against other martial arts.

Videos 2012
Pictures 2012

Wudang Taijiquan

Wudang Taijiquan

Wudang Taijiquan represents the pinnacle of Shaolin Kungfu, integrating form, energy and mind into one unity. Zhang San Feng called his practice "Shaolin Kungfu"; "Wudang Taijiquan" was a later label.

Videos 2012
Pictures 2012

Drunken Eight Immortals

Drunken Eight Immortals

The "Drunken Eight Immortals" is an amazing set. Some patterns may appear out of form. This is because practitioners of "drunken" kungfu often compromise their form to accomplish certain advantages, like dodging and striking simultaneously, deceptive movements, and tricking opponents.

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Wing Choon Chi Sau Sets

Wing Choon Kungfu

Three sets, Sap Luk Sau, Sap Ye Thiat and Thiet Chiet Na, for learning and practicing chi sau and combat application in Wing Choon Kungfu.

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Praying Mantis Eighteen Collection

Praying Mantis

Wang Lang, the founder of Praying Mantis, incorporated the best eighteen kungfu features of the time into this set

Videos
Pictures
Videos
Pictures

50 Sequences of Eagle Claw

Eagle Claw

Eagle Claw Kungfu represents another important legacy from Northern Shaolin. The 50 sequences look simple but their combat applications are profound.

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Shaolin Flower Set

Shaolin Flower Set

The Shaolin Flower Set is a legendary set reputed to be practiced by the female Shaolin grandmaster, the Venerable Ng Mui, and the Shaolin prodigy, Fong Sai Yoke.

Videos
Pictures

Triple Stretch Set

Triple Stretch Set

It is reputed that this was the set Hoong Hei Khoon and the Venerable Sam Tuck practiced at the Shaolin Temple on Nine Lotus Mountain in south China.

Videos
Videos
Pictures
Videos
Pictures

Wing Choon Kungfu

Siu Lin Tou

In Choe Family Wing Choon, the fundamental set, Siu Lin Tau, which means Little Practice Beginning, can be divided into three parts. The first part is also called Siu Lin Tau, the second part is called Cham Keew which means Searching for Bridge, and the third part is called Phew Chee which means Thrusting Fingers.

Siu Lin Tau or Little Practice Beginning
Cham Kiew or Searching for Bridge
Phew Chee or Thrusting Fingers

Old Eagle Catches Snake

Old Eagle Catches Snake

When Sifu Rama Roberto proposed the name “Eagle Claw Catches Snake” to replace “Taijiquan Four-Sequence Four-Attack Set”, Grandmaster Wong readily agreed it was an excellent choice. The new name is to honour the Taijiquan Patriarch Zhang San Feng who drew his inspiration to evolve Taijiquan from Shaolin Kungfu after witnessing a fight between a bird and a snake, as well as to remind Taijiquan practitioners that there are many chin-na techniques in Taijiquan.

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Lohan Walks in the Garden of Timelessness

Lohan Walks in the Garden of Timelessness

Lohan Walks in the Garden of Timelessness was composed by Grandmaster Kai Uwe to help course participants remember the patterns taught at the Warrior Project on the Blue Mountain from 15th to 18th March 2009.

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Lohan Tames Tiger Set

Four-Sequence Four-Attack Set

To introduce students to a comprehensive experience of combat application in Shaolin Kungfu, Grandmaster Wong composed 4 combat sequences, which were linked to form a set. However, there were some slight differences in the sequences taught in Japan, Ireland, Portugal and Spain. In order for students to remember the sequences easier, Grandmaster Wong has revised the sequences into a standardized version, which was first taught in the United States.

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Shaolin Four-Sequence Four-Attack Set

Shaolin Four-Attack Set

The four abridged Shaolin combat sequences are linked together to form a set, called Shaolin Four-Sequence Four-Attack Set, or “Siu Lam Sei Lou Sei Kheik Khuen” in Chinese (Cantonese). Although this set is short, it incorporates all the typical patterns of attacks and defence in all the four categories of striking, kicking, felling and chin-na. It is incredible but true that students trained in this set many handle all forms of attack.

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Taijiquan Four-Sequence Four-Attack Set

Taijiquan Four-Attack Set

Taijiquan is not a dance; it is a wonderful internal martial art. In our school, combat sequences form a crucial aspect in our sparring methodology. There are 12 Basic Taijiquan Combat Sequences. These 12 are distilled into 8 Distilled Combat Sequences, which in turn are abridged into 4 Abridged Combat Sequencees. The 4 combat sequences are linked together to form a set, called Taijiquan Four-Sequence Four-Attack Set.

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Cross-Roads at Four Gates by Sifu Ronan

Four Gates

"Cross-Road at Four Gates" was the fundamental set practiced at the southern Shaolin Temple in Quanzhou in the 1880s. It was transmitted to us in Shaolin Wahnam by the Venerable Jiang Nan.

Old Video in 1980s
Performed by Grandmaster Wong
Performed by Sifu Ronan

Flowing Water Floating Clouds by Sifu Robin

Flowing Water

The “Flowing Water Floating Clouds” Taijiquan set is a hallmark of Wahnam Taijiquan, and displays many of the characteristic features of our style of Taijiquan. It is demonstrated by Sifu Robin Gamble.

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Shaolin Pakua Set

Shaolin Pakua Set

This Shaolin Pa Kua Set is from Shaolin Kungfu, and not from Pa Kua Kungfu or Baguazhang, though many salient principles may be similar. This was an important classical kungfu set taught by Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam that Grandmaster Wong cherishes highly. The set is demonstrated here by Sifu Goh Kok Hin, Grandmaster Wong's senior disciple in Malaysia, from a video made more than 20 years ago. Many techniques used in Shaolin Wahnam today are taken from this classical kungfu set.

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Yellow Bee Sucks Pollens

Yellow Bee Sucks Pollens

Many Taiji practitioners today do not realize that Taijiquan is a martial art. But realizing it as a martial art is one thing, being able to practice it as a martial art is another. Many Taiji practitioners would like to be able to use their art for self-defence but have little idea of how to do so. This set, which is composed of eight Taijiquan combat sequences, helps to overcome this problem.

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Single Tiger Emerges from Cave

Single Tiger Emerges from Cave

"Single Tiger Emerges from Cave" was composed by Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit from 8 combat sequences, which were condensed from the 16 Shaolin basic combat sequences. This set helps students to overcome two big secrets concerning free sparring, and enabled students at a regional Shaolin Kungfu course in Switzerland in 2006 to use Shaolin patterns in free sparring in just three days!

Two Big Secrets
Free Sparring in Three Days
Combat Application

Lohan Asks the Way

Lohan Asks the Way

“Lohan Asks the Way” is the fundamental set in Shaolin Wahnam where students learn basic hand techniques, body adjustment and footwork. They also learn basic skills like fluidity of movements, breath control and mental focus. In other words, students are introduced to the “six harmonies” right at the start of their kungfu training.

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Pictures

Black Tiger Steals Heart in Videos

Black Tiger Steals Heart

“Black Tiger Steals Heart” is the first of the basic combat sequence sets. It is composed of the first four basic combat sequences. The first sequence is also called “Black Tiger Steals Heart”, named after the most popular attack pattern called “Black Tiger Steals Heart” too. Hence, “Black Tiger Steals Heart” may refer to a pattern, a sequence or a set.

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Fierce Tiger Speeds Through Valley

Fierce Tiger Speeds through Valley

This is the second combat application set for Shaolin Kungfu in our school. It extends the range of hand attacks and defence. Wherease the first combat sequence set, "Black Tiger Steals Heart" focuses on the left leg mode, this second combat second set, "Fierce Tiger Speeds through Valley", focuses on the right leg mode. The sequences here are very effective for pressing attack.

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Happy Bird Hopes up Branch

Happy Bird

Kicking techniques are very effective in Shaolin Kungfu, but these kicks are purposely inconspicuous. There are some innate weaknesses when applying kicks which a skillful exponent must be aware of and he must also know how to neutralize them if his opponent exploits these weaknesses.

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Pictures

Felling Tree With Roots

Fell Tree with Roots

Many people are not aware that there are more felling techniques in Shaolin Kungfu than in any other martial arts! Throwing an opponent, as in Judo, is only one of numerous categories of felling an opponent to the ground. There are many felling techniques in Shaolin Kungfu whereby the exponent can fell an opponent without having to hold him.

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Pictures

Fierce Tiger Descends Mountain

Fierce Tiger

While all the four categories of attacks are used, this set focuses on “qin-na”, or gripping vital points, using tiger-claws.

Video
Pictures

Shaolin Five-Animal Set

Shaolin Five Animals

The “Shaolin Five Animals” incorporates the five traditional animal forms and essence of Shaolin Kungfu, namely “dragon” which trains “mind”, “snake” which trains “speed”, and “crane“ which trains “essence”.

Performed by Sifu Anthony Korahais

Tiger-Crane Set in Videos

Tiger and Crane

The Tiger-Crane Double-Form Set is a very famous kungfu set in southern Shaolin Kungfu. There are different versions of the set. The version here is taught to Grandmaster Wong by Uncle righteousness. The set consists of only 36 patterns.

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Tiger-Crane Set in Pictures

Tiger and Crane

The famous Tiger-Crane Double-Form Set of Southern Shaolin Kungfu is presented here in pictures. Although there are only 38 patterns in this set, there are more tiger and crane patterns here than in the 108-pattern set popularly practiced.

This is because there all the patterns here are of the tiger and crane forms, and there are no repetitions of patterns in this set, but in the longer set many patterns are not of the tiger or crane forms and many tiger and crane patterns are repeated

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Learning the Tiger-Crane Set

Tiger and Crane

How long does it take to learn a kungfu set? Usually it takes a few months. But in Shaolin Wahnam, students typically learn a kungfu set within a few days! Yet, not only their forms are correct, but also their movements are fluid, their force reasonable and their breathing regulated. This is possible because they have spent much time in basic training.

Basically to them learning a set is putting together various patterns or sequences in a meaningful order, and remembering the order. But much work begins after a set is learnt, like applying the patterns in effective combat. This video clip shows Sifu Wong teaching Eugene and David the famous Tiger-Crane Set in Toronto in 2003.

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Shaolin Five-Animal Set by Sifu Wong

Shaolin Five-Animal Set

The movements and spirit of Shaolin Kungfu are characterized by five “animals”, namely the Dragon, the Snake, the Tiger, the Leopard and the Crane. The Dragon trains “shen” which means the mind, the Snake trains “qi” which means energy, the Tiger trains “gu” which means internal force, the Leopard trains “li” which means strength and speed, and the Crane trains “jing” which means elegance and essence.

This video clip captures an impromptu demonstration of the Shaolin Five-Animal Set by Sifu Wong in response to popular requests by participants of a VIP Taijiquan class in September 2005.

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Shaolin Five-Animal Set -- Picture Series

Shaolin Five Animals

The famous Shaolin Five-Animals Set of dragon, snake, tiger, leopard and crane is presented her in pictures.

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Shaolin Dragon Form Set by Sifu Wong

Shaolin Dragon Form Set

The Dragon is the most majestic of the Shaolin “five animals”, and is noted for the training of “shen” or mind. This set is not spectacular to watch, but is very effective for combat as well as developing qualities like mental freshness and agility that enhance our daily life.

The set commences with a pattern for developing internal force, particularly for the application of the “dragon-hand form” or “Two-Finger Zen”. The “phoenix-eye fist” is also incorporated into the set. The pattern called “Dragon Manifests Miraculous Power” is employed to manifest the powerful internal force of the Dragon. This set also trains swerving body-movement and agile footwork.

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Shaolin Dragon-Tiger Set by Sifu Wong

Shaolin Dragon-Tiger Set

The Dragon and the Tiger are two important forms of Shaolin Kungfu with emphasis on the training of mind and energy respectively. Dragon and Tiger patterns are as effective for combat as they are beautiful to watch.

This set is a “pattern-set” (in contrast with a “sequence-set”) as it is made up of individual patterns rather than combat sequences. Exponents need to compose combat sequences from the patterns for effective fighting. In kungfu terminology, pattern-sets are called “mother-sets”, or seed-sets, from which “children-sets” which are sequence-sets are issued.

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Shaolin Monkey Set by Sifu Wong

Shaolin Monkey Set

The Shaolin Monkey Set has special significance in Shaolin Wahnam because Sigung Ho Fatt Nam specialized in the Monkey. Sigung Ho, however, did not teach Sifu Wong the whole set; he explained to Sifu Wong the important principles underlying the Monkey and showed him some important combat applications.

Years earlier another Monkey specialist, whom Sifu Wong addressed as Brother Zheong, specially taught Sifu Wong not his Monkey Set (which was different from Sigung's set) but another of his specialty, the Double Knives. As Sifu Wong was much interested in the Monkey Set, he later sought out Brother Zheong's disciple to learn from him. Interestingly, this teacher was much junior to Sifu Wong in the kungfu circles then.

Monkey Set in Video Series
Monkey Set in Picture Series

Selection from the “Shaolin Monkey Set” — Spiritual Monkey Emerges from Cave

Shaolin Monkey Set

The Monkey Style is a specialty of Sigung Ho Fatt Nam. Therefore the “Shaolin Monkey Set” of which this video shows the beginning, has special significance in our Shaolin Wahnam School. The practitioner must be agile, flowing and have internal force.

This video shows Sifu Wong teaching Sifu Darryl the beginning of the Monkey Set, known as “Spiritual Monkey Emerges from Cave”. Sifu Wong asks Darryl to watch his face. If you wish to know why, you have to ask Darryl. Although there are only a few patterns here and they look similar, these patterns are subtle and capable of many different applications.

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Selection from the “Shaolin Monkey Set” — Striking Vital Points.

Shaolin Monkey Set

As practitioners of the Monkey style are usually small in size, striking vital points is a characteristic feature. All the few patterns from the “Shaolin Monkey Set” shown in this video are aimed at an opponent's vital points.

Moreover, a Monkey style practitioner is very tricky. He often misleads and confuses the opponent before striking him. This video clip shows an example.

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Selection from the “Shaolin Monkey Set” — Black Ape Shows Rage.

Shaolin Monkey Set

Although the techniques of the “Monkey Set” are usually “soft” and suitable for the small-sized, there are also “hard” techniques where being big-sized can be an advantage. This makes the set a complete art. Some examples of both “hard” and “soft” techniques are found in the concluding part of the set shown in this video

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Simplified Wahnam Taijiquan Set — Cloud Hands in Slow Motion

Cloud Hands

This Wahanm Taijiquan set named “Cloud Hands” is a simplified form of the basic set “White Crane Flaps Wings” Yet it is comprehensive, and incorporates all important Taijiquan movements, force training and combat application! You may practice the whole set, or select patterns or sequences from it.

It is performed here slowly so that you can see mechanics of Taijiquan footwork, bodywork and waist movement. Pay attention to the three external harmonies of legs, body and hands, and the three internal harmonies of essence, energy and mind.

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Simplified Wahnam Taijiquan Set — Cloud Hands with Force and Speed

Cloud Hands

Some people have the mis-conception that Taijiquan must be performed slowly and without force. Taijiquan is an effective martial art. Without speed and force it cannot be effective for combat. During training Taijiquan may be performed slowly for some good purposes. Even when it is performed slowly, it is not without force, but the force is not mechanical or brutal, it is internal.

In this video clip, the Wahnam Taijiquan Simplified Set, “Cloud Hands”, is performed fast and with internal force. Evidence from classical writings suggest that this was probably how Taijiquan was practiced by past masters like Wang Zhong Yue, Chen Wang Ting and Yang Lu Chan.

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Flowing Water Floating Clouds by Sifu Wong

Flowing Water Floating Clouds

“Flowing Water Floating Clouds” is a fundamental set in Wahnam Taijiquan. Those who are used to Taijiquan as a slow, gentle exercise, may think that this set resembles Shaolin Kungfu rather than Taijiquan. But we believe it is closer to the kind of Taijiquan masters in the past practiced.

It is an internal martial art as what Taijiquan should be, and not a graceful dance as what many people today regard it to be. It follows established Taijiquan principles like using intent instead of strength, using the opponent's strength against himself, and training of mind and energy and not just the physical body.

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Flowing Water Floating Clouds with Pattern Names

chen style taijiquan, tai chi chuan

This is a representative Chen Style Taijiquan set, and was kept as top secret in the past.

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Flowing Waster Floating Clouds (Part 1)

Flowing Water Floating Clouds

This is the fundamental set in Wahnam Taijiquan. It is called “Flowing Water Floating Clouds” after the pattern that expresses the most representative characteristic of Wahnam Taijiquan. This pattern is found at the beginning and towards the end of the set.

We believe that in his extreme stillness while in a state of Tao, chi started to move inside the body of the First Patriarch of Taijiquan, the great Zhang San Feng, which manifested outwardly in movements poetically described as “flowing water floating clouds”. These flowing movements were stylized into patterns forming Wudang Kungfu, which later developed into Taijiquan.

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Flowing Water Floating Clouds (Part 2)

Flowing Streams Floating Clouds

Like Chen Style Taijiquan, from which it derives much inspiration, Wahnam Taijiquan looks more like Shaolin Kungfu than many modern styles of Taijiquan, like Yang Style and Wu Style. This is understandable as Taijiquan was evolved from Shaolin Kungfu when its First Patriarch, the great Zhang San Feng, initiated it.

One may wonder why in this video clip Sifu Javier jumps about at the completion of the set. This is because he has generated so much energy in the practice of this set as an internal martial art that the energy manifests externally in his “involuntarily” jumping about!

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Basic Wahnam Taijiquan Set — White Crane Flaps Wings

White Crane Flaps Wings

This is the basic Taijiquan set in Shaolin Wahnam. Although it is a short, simple set, it has all the movements needed for training fundamental Taijiquan skills and techniques in our school, including practicing stances and footwork, generating energy flow, building energy at the dan tian, developing internal force, exploding force, as well as applying combat techniques for all the four categories of attack and defence.

This set manifests our principles of being simple, direct and effective. Those used to Yang Style Taijiquan being performed slowly may think that our basic Taijiquan set looks more like Shaolin Kungfu than Taijiquan, but if we compare to what has been recorded in classics, we believe it may actually be closer to what Yang Lu Chan practiced.

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White Crane Flaps Wings in Slow Motion

White Crane Flaps Wings

“White Crane Flaps Wings”, which is a basic set in Wahnam Taijiquan, is shown here in slow motion so that students may more easily see its movements. The names of the patterns are also given.

Performing a set slowly also enables students to check the accuracy of their forms, to improve balance and elegance, as well as to generate energy flow. When they have achieved these requirements, they should perform the set with force and speed. Without force and speed, one cannot be combat efficient no matter how accurate and elegant his forms may be.

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White Snake Shoots Venom in Slow Motion

White Snake Shoots Venom

This is the first of the combat application sets, and it trains hand attacks and defences. This set is composed of the following three combat sequences shown in the following video clips: "Immortal Waves Sleeves", "Low Stance Vertical Punch', and "White Snake Shoots Venom". A video clip showing the same set in some speed can be found here. (Please ignore the background music which happened to be playing while the video was taken.)

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Green Dragon Shoots Pearl in Slow Motion

White Snake Shoots Venom

"Green Dragon Shoots Pearl" is the second of the Wahnam Taijiquan combat application sets. It introduces kicking attacks and defences, and is composed of the following three combat sequences shown in the following video clips: "Green Dragon Shoots Pearl", "White Crane Flaps Wings", and "Striking Tiger Poise". A video clip showing the same set in some speed can be found here. (Please ignore the background music which happened to be playing while the video was taken.)

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Black Bear Sinks Hips in Slow Motion

White Snake Shoots Venom

"Black Bear sinks Hips" is the third combat application set in Wahnam Taijiquan. This set incorporates kicking and felling attacks and their defences. It is formed from the following three combat sequences shown in the following video clips: "Thrust Kick", "Low Stance Single Whip", and "Black Bear Sinks Hips". A video clip showing the same set in some speed can be found here. (Please ignore the background music which happened to be playing while the video was taken.)

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White Snake Shoots Venom (Preview)

White Snake Shoots Venom

This is a temporary clip for preview of the set “White Snake Shoots Venom”. Another video clip with some modifications will be posted later on. Can you find out the underlying principle in the composition of this set” A clue is that this set is formed from combat sequences.

If you still can't get the underlying principle, have a look at the first three combat sequences performed by Jeffrey and Javier at Combat Sequences of Wahnam Taijiquan . Once you realize this underlying principle, you should have no difficulty formulating your own sets for various purposes.

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Wahnam Taijiquan Combat Application Set 1 — White Snake Shoots Venom

White Snake Shoots Venom

“White Snake Shoots Venom” is the first of the Wahnam Taijiquan combat application set. It is formed from the first three combat sequences, namely “Immortal Waves Sleeves” , “Low Stance Vertical Punch” , and “White Snake Shoots Venom” .

The initial attack footwork is from left mode advancing to right mode, and the initial defence footwork is from left mode retreating to right mode. Notice that the set should be practiced as chi kung, which means that you should be relaxed and focused, use internal force in both attack and defence, and not be tired or panting after performing the whole set.

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Wahnam Taijiquan Combat Application Set 2 — Green Dragon Shoots Pearl

Green Dragon Shoots Pearl

“Green Dragon Shoots Pearl”, the second of the Wahnam Taijiquan combat application set, is formed from Combat Sequences 4 to 6, namely “Green Dragon Shoots Pearl” , “White Crane Flaps Wings” , and “Striking Tiger Poise” , where kicking attacks and defences against them are introduced..

The initial attack footwork is from left mode advancing to left mode, and the initial defence footwork is from right mode retreating to right mode. The performance shown in the video clip is in real time, but as some of the patterns are so fast that it may not be easy to see them, the set is repeated with the movements performed more slowly

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Black Bear Sinks Hips

Black Bear Sinks Hips

“Black Bear Sinks Hips” is the third of the Wahnam Taijiquan combat application set. It is formed from Sequences 7 to 9, namely “Thrust Kick” , “Low Stance Single Whip” , and “Black Bear Sinks Hips”. .

The initial attack footwork is from right mode advancing to right mode, and the initial defence footwork is from right mode retreating to left mode. Various kicking attacks and defences as well as some intricate footwork are introduced in this set.

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Carry Tiger Back to Mountain

Carry Tiger back to Mountain

It is a mis-conception that Taijiquan is always performed slowly. In Wahnam Taijiquan some movements are performed slowly but other movements can be fast. This set, “Carry Mountain Back to Mountain”, for example, which is the fourth of the Wahnam Taijiquan set meant to train combat application, is performed fast.

This video clip shows the set demonstrated by Sifu Wong in real time. The set is formed from Sequences 10 to 12, namely “Shoulder Strike” , “Cloud Hands” , and “Carry Tiger Back to Mountain” . The initial attack footwork is from right mode advancing to left mode, and the initial defence footwork is from left mode retreating to left mode. Felling and qin-na techniques are introduced in this set.

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Dragon-Tiger Set performed by Sifu Wong

Dragon-Tiger

Of the Shaolin “five animals”, the dragon and the tiger are the most forceful. But the force is not brutal or mechanical. The hallmark of dragon training is “shen” or mind, whereas that of tiger training is “gu” or internal force.

Externally, dragon techniques are well known for its palm strikes, and those of the tiger the tiger-claws. This set captures the essentials of what Sifu Wong has learnt from Uncle Righteousness, whose lineage is traced back to the Venerable Chee Seen, the First Patriarch of Southern Shaolin Kungfu.

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Selection from the Yang Style 108-Pattern Set (Part 1)

Taijiquan

The “108-Pattern Set” is often referred to as the Yang Style Taijiquan Set, because it is the fundamental or “mother” set in this style. Unlike in Shaolin Kungfu where there were different sets for each category, in some kungfu styles like Taijiquan and Baguazhang, there was only one set, like Taijiquan Set, Taijiquan Sword, and Bagua Knife.

This video clip shows Sifu Jeffrey Segal of Shaolin Wahnam Australia performs this “108-Pattern Set” in chi flow. Only the first part of the set is shown in the video clip.

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Selection from the Yang Style 108-Pattern Set (Part 2)

Taijiquan

Many people hold the common mis-conception that there are few or no kicks in Taijiquan, or even in all kungfu. As a complete martial art, all the four categories of attack — strikes, kicks, felling techniques, qin-na (gripping vital points) — are found in Taijiquan. This part of the “Yang Style Taijiquan 108-Pattern Set?, performed in the video clip by Sifu Jeffrey Segal of Shaolin Wahnam Australia, employs many kicking techniques.

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