SAFETY FIRST BEFORE EXECUTING FELLING TECHNIQUES

Shaolin Kung Fu Combat Application

Grandmaster Wong applies the Shaolin pattern “Farmer Hoes Rice Field” o throw Sifu Ronan over the shoulder. Such a throw must be executed with great care as it may fracture an opponent's spine causing him paralysis.


Although felling techniques are generally not combat-ending, some are because they can cause severe or fatal injury. We should, therefore, avoid using them, even on our real opponents. Nevertheless, if the situation justifies it, like when your or your loved one's life is really threatened, you should not hesitate to apply it.

One example of a combat-ending felling technique is “Farmer Hoes Rice Field”, which is shown in this video series. It involves throwing an opponent over your shoulder and may break his spine, possibly killing him or resulting in him being paralyzed. But in practice, and even in real fights unless the combat is life-threatening, we just throw him across our waist.

It is essential to ensure your own safety when felling an opponent — an important point Judo practitioners don't normally pay attention to in their throws. If you leave your opponent's hands free when throwing him, for example, he may gorge your eyes or tear off your throat. Remember that in kungfu we training for real fighting situations, and not for sport. We would not use such drastic moves on our opponents, but we must never presume that they may not use them on us — in sparing or in real life.

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Shaolin Kung Fu Felling and Gripping Techniques Farmer Hoes Rice Field

Grandmaster Wong demonstrates some fine points in a shoulder throw executed in the pattern “Farmer Hoes Rice Field”. To avoid causing serious injury to an opponent, we let the opponent roll over instead of being thrown over the shoulder.
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“Shaolin Locking an Opponent's Arms before Throwing

When executing a shoulder throw, it is important to lock an opponent's arms so that he can not attack your vital spots during the throw.
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“Shaolin Be Careful when Practicing or Applying Shoulder Throws

One must be very careful when practicing the shoulder throw. Incorrect practice may result in serious injury like breaking a partner's spine which might cause paralysis. We must also be careful when using it against a real opponent. We do not want him to be paralyzed due to our effective throw.
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“Shaolin Tiger-Tail Kick

As Sifu Ronan executes a should throw, Grandmaster Wong neutralizes the pressure on his elbow, rolls over Sifu Ronan's body and executes a Tiger-Tail Kick.
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Shaolin Kung Fu Felling and Gripping Techniques Farmer Hoes Rice Field

Course participants practice Sequence 15, “Farmer Hoes Rice Field”. The objective of the practice is that you become so fluent with the mnovements that when an opponent attacks you in this way, you respond spontaneously and effectively.
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“Shaolin A Beautiful, Powerful Push

Sifu Ronan executes a powerful push sending Grandmaster Wong tumbling back many feet to fall over. The Shaolin pattern Sifu Ronan uses is called "Fierce Tiger Pushes Mountain".
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“Shaolin Harmony of Feet, Body and Hands

A good push starts from the back leg, controlled by the waist and completes at the hands. This pushing technique, instead of a strike, is a merciful way of dealing with an opponent.
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“Shaolin White Horse Presents Hoof

Grandmaster Wong demonstrates a counter technique using the pattern “White Horse Presents Hoof” against Sifu Ronan's “Fierce Tiger Pushes Mountain”.
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Shaolin Kung Fu Felling and Gripping Techniques Single Whip Saves Emperor

Sifu Ronan counter's Grandmaster Wong's thrust kick with “Single Whip Saves Emperor”. This is using the “no-defence-direct-counter” tactic. Grandmaster Wong retreats his kicking leg to avoid the strike. Either combatant can continue from here.
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“Shaolin Using a T-Step

Grandmaster Wong demonstrates using a T-Step in the counter pattern against a thrust kick. Notice that a T-Step is similar to but different from a False-Leg Stance. Do you know why a T-Step is preferred here over a False-Leg Stance? In what other situations a T-Step is preferable?
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Fundamental Shaolin Kungfu Training Programme of Shaolin Wahnam

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

6. One-Step Sparring to Develop Combat Skills
7. From Pre-Arranged Sparring to Guided Sparring
8. Using Techniques and Tactics in Sparring

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?

13. Shaolin Felling Techniques and their Defences
14. Safety First Before Executing Felling Techniques

15. From Combat Sequences to Free Sparring
16. Sixteen Combat Sequences and Five Kungfu Sets
17. Surprise your Attacker with a Counter-Attack

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

25. Effective Shaolin Tactics and Techniques against Kick-Boxing
26. Shaolin Kungfu against Kick-Boxing in Free Sparring

27. How to Handle a Karate Exponent
28. How to Handle a Taekwondo Exponent
29. How to Handle a Wrestling Exponent

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

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