KUNGFU SETS IN PICTURES SERIES AND VIDEO CLIPS
FOR INTENSIVE SHAOLIN KUNGFU COURSE
Grand,aster Wong demonstrating "Lohan Asks the Way"
The following kungfu sets, which form part of the teaching material of the Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course, are presented here in still pictures as well as video clips so that those attending the course can more easily learn them.
Nevertheless, please note that while knowing the sets will be very helpful in freeing you form worrying about what techniques to use in combat application, form practice is only a minor part of our Shaolin Wahnam philosophy and methodology. More important are combat application and internal force, the training of which enables us to enrich our lives as well the lives of other people.
If you have difficulty learning these sets, do not worry. You will learn them within the five days of the course. If you do not understand the explanatory notes accompanying the sets mentioned below, for instance if you do not understand how practicing a set enable you to generate energy flow, do not worry too. You will learn that and other skills at the course.
Learning the sets before their combat application is for the sake of expediency — enabling you to get the best benefits from the Intensive Course as well as making the best use of computer technology. Historically, combat application came first. After years of actual fighting, past masters stylized their fighting movements into patterns. Later these patterns were linked into sequences. Then the sequences were linked into sets. We shall relive this process during the Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course.
Please note that you can download the video clips onto your own computer and view them at your leisure. Enter the webpage (not this one) where the selected video clip can be downloaded. Place your computer pointer at the picture or one of the links, and right click. Choose “Save Target As”. Select the directory or sub-directory where you wish to keep the video clip. Click “Save”.
Basic Kungfu Set — Lohan Asks the WayThis set familiarizes you with the basic hand forms, stances and footwork in Shaolin Kungfu. It enables you to generate energy flow and develop internal force. It also helps you to regulate your breathing so that you can perform kungfu movements with speed and force yet not panting for breath.
Combat Application Set 1 — Black Tiger Steals Heart
In this set you will learn all the four typical types of striking attacks and their defences — top, middle, bottom and sides. The essential combat skills of right timing and righ spacing are put into practice. You will also apply the skills of breath control in combat so that you will not be out of breath in sparring.
Combat Application Set 2 — Fierce Tiger Speeds through Valley
While the first combat application set uses the left leg mode and focuses on developing skills, this set uses the right leg mode and focuses on expanding techniques. The striking techniques are quite extensive, including all the four directions of attacks as well as the use of the fist, the palm and the fingers. You will also learn how to "press into" an opponent as well the counters again the "pressing tactic".
Combat Application Set 3 — Happy Bird Hops up Branch
This set introduces kicking attacks and defences. All the four main kicking attacks — side kick, thrust kick, snap kick and whirlwind kick — are practiced. Although many people may be unaware of the fact, kicks form an important part of kungfu combat. You will also learn the "Essential Points to Note When Kicking" ("ti fa yao lu" in Mandarin, "theik fatt yew lok" in Cantonese).
Combat Application Set 4 — Felling Tree with Roots
You will learn felling and gripping techniques together with their counters in this set. This completes all the four categories of attacks, namely striking, kicking, felling and gripping. The attacks in these four combat application sets are representative attacks. Hence, having successful completed this training, you would know the techniques to counter any attacks.
Shaolin 16 Basic Combat Sequences
All the four combat application sets, namely Black Tiger Steals Heart, Fierce Tiger Speeds throuh Valley, Happy Bird Hops up Branch and Fell Tree with Roots, are formed from the Shaolin 16 Basic Combat Sequences. Sequences 1 to 4 develops combat skills, Sequences 5 to 8 focus on hand strikes, Sequences 9 to 12 focus on kicking techniques, and Sequences 13 to 16 focus on chin-na and felling techniques.Click here to view Video Clip