USING SHAOLIN KUNGFU AGAINST BOXING IN FREE SPARRING
Having learnt and practiced some effective tactics and technique against Boxers, the course participants at the Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course of October 2007 put them into application. The video clips here capture some of the actions. The sparring is spontaneous and free.
An interesting feedback is that those who pose as Boxers become tired and panting for breath, though they could spar for a few hours without these problems when they use Shaolin Kungfu. This suggests that it may not because of the skills in breath control alone but the nature of Boxing movements as well that cause practitioners to be out of breath.
In every case, the kungfu exponent has an advantage over the Boxer. When the kungfu exponent applies his planned sequence of attacks, the Boxer often has no effective defence and is simply being pushed back by the attacks.
The video clips here were taken just a day after those showing the participants working out ways to fight a Boxers. Please click here. It is inspiring to note, that discernable improvement can be seen between these two series of video clips. They will certainly be more skillful in handling Boxers if they continue to practice these tactics and techniques for a year.
Some uninitiated observers may criticize the participants here for their lack of aggression or brutality. Being used to hurting one another in free sparring, they may wonder whether the sparring depicted here is effective. Instead of being annoyed, we should feel complimented. Being aggressive or brutal has never been our objective. Indeed, their criticism confirms for us that we are able to attain what internal masters in the past did, i.e. an internal martial artist can be gentle and elegant, yet powerful and effective — in combat as well as in daily life.
But how do we know we can be gentle and elegant yet powerful and effective? This is an important question for our own benefit. Irrespective of what others may say, we do not want to cheat ourselves, and we do not want to waste time on practice that is non-effective and non-beneficial. We know from our own experience. Not only some of us have confirmed it in actual fighting, more significantly, most of you have confirmed it from your own friendly sparring, not only when you were accidentally, though rarely, hit, but whenever you knock arms with your sparring partners.
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1. Stances: the Foundation for Internal Force and Combat Efficiency
2. Footwork Secrets for Health, Efficiency and Elegance
3. Moving into a Same Direction using Different Ways to Gain Advantages
4. Picture-Perfect Forms and Flowing Movements
5. From Random Fighting to Patterns, and from Patterns to Sequences and Sets
9. The Five Basic Kicks
10. The Secrets of Side Kicks and Continuous Cannons
11. How You may Defeat Opponents Experienced in Random Free Sparring
12. How Would a Fragile Girl Counter a Powerful Sweeping Kick from a Muay Thai Fighter?
18. Working out Ways to Fight a Boxer
19. Effective Tactics and Techniques against Boxers
20. From Gross Outline to Fine Details
21. Exploiting Advantage to Clinch Victory
22. Variety of Kungfu Techniques against Boxers
23. Analysis of Techniques Used against Boxers
24. Using Shaolin Kunfu against Boxing in Free Sparring
30. Understanding the Typical Attacks of Muay Thai Fighters
31. Grandmaster Ho's Secrets in Countering Muay Thai Fighters
32. First Avoid Defeat, Then Secure Victory
33. Counteroing the Elbow and Knee Attacks of Muay Thai Fighters