SIXTEEN COMBAT SEQUENCES AND FIVE KUNGFU SETS

Shaolin Kung Fu Sets

Black Tiger Steals Heart

Review of Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course of October 2006

Participants of Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Courses learn five kungfu sets in five days. This is a remarkable achievement, considering that most kungfu practitioners take about half a year to learn just one set.

The five sets are:

More significantly, the participants know and practice the combat application of every pattern in the sets. This again is another remarkable achievement as most kungfu practitioners today do not know or practice combat application.

Combat sequences constitute an essential aspect of our sparring methodology. First you employ them for pre-arranged sparring. Then the control is gradually and systematically released through various stages like pre-choice, self-choice, continuation, external chance and internal chance. These stages may be summed up in the process of “addition and subtraction”. Fundamental combat skills like right spacing, right timing, fluidity of movement, breath control, correct judgment, modification and instant change are developed in the process. Eventually you free spar using Shaolin techniques and skills.

Kungfu sets are formed from patterns and sequences. The first set shown below, “Lohan Asks the Way”, is formed from the eight basic patterns for striking and their defence. These eight patterns form a sequence, and the sequence is repeated four times to form a set. The other four sets are formed from combat sequences. The set “Black Tiger Steals Heart”, for example, is formed from the first four combat sequences.

There are many objectives in practicing kungfu sets. By practicing a set you go over all the important techniques as well as skills that set is designed for. For example, by practicing “Black Tiger Steals Heart” you review the basic techniques that enable you to make effective strikes as well as defend against all strikes, including those not shown in the set, as well as fundamental skills like right spacing, right timing and fluidity of movement.

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Kungfu Set: Lohan Asks the Way

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This is a fundamental set composed of eight basic Shaolin patterns for striking attack and defence. It is also employed to train breath control. Initially each pattern is performed individually in one breath with focus on accuracy of form, fluidity of movement and explosion of force. Then a whole sequence of about eight patterns is performed in one breath, hence increasing speed by without sacrificing form, fluid movement and force.

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Combat Sequence 1: Black Tiger Steals Heart

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Although this sequence is simple, comprising only one attack pattern and one defence pattern repeated thrice, many Shaolin Wahnam kungfu students are fascinated by this set. It is because this sequences focuses on developing fundamental skills. What two combat skills do you think are involved in this sequence?

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Combat Sequence 2: White Snake Shoots Venom

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Combat Sequence 2 is a logical development of Combat Sequence 1. At the end of Combat Sequence 1, add an extra pattern, “White Snake Shoots Venom”. To maintain uniformity for practice purpose, the first pattern of the sequence is taken away, leaving three attacks in the sequence.

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Combat Sequence 3: Precious Duck Swims Through Lotus

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Similarly, at the end of Combat Sequence 2, add an extra pattern, “Precious Duck Swims Through Lotus”. Then, take out one pattern at the beginning of the sequence. Remember to make foot-adjustment and cover yourself as you attack with a low punch.

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Combat Sequence 4: Hang a Golden Star at a Corner

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When your opponent sweeps at your arm as you attack him with a low punch in Sequence 3, “leak” away from the hand-sweep and strike his temple with a horn punch. But be careful that he may, at the same time, strike you with a Black Tiger as in Sequence 3.

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Kungfu Set: Black Tiger Steals Heart

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The four combat sequences are linked together to form a set. We name this set “Black Tiger Steals Heart” after its most frequently used pattern. Hence, the name “Black Tiger Steals Heart” may refer to a pattern, a sequence or a set. This set focuses on developing combat skills.

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Combat Sequence 5: Fierce Tiger Speeds through Valley

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Combat Sequences 5 to 8 use the right leg mode and expands the range of techniques for striking attack. The “pressing” tactic is introduced in Combat Sequence 5.

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Combat Sequence 6: Dark Dragon Draws Water

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This sequence introduces the left hand attack using a palm strike. It often catches an opponent by surprise. The counter is beautiful, revealing the profundity of Shaolin Kungfu. It strikes an opponent when his attack is just completed.

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Combat Sequence 7: Chop the Hua Mountain

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When chopping, the arm acts like a chain, not a rod. The pattern “Double Bows Tame Tiger” (or “Jade Girl Threads Shuttle” in Taijiquan) is subtle. When executed skillfully you strike an opponent just when he thinks he strikes you. It is a good example of “starting later, arriving earlier”.

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Combat Sequence 8: Horizontally Sweep a Thousand Armies

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First you tempt your opponent to attack you. When he does, you chop at his arm, then at his neck. The responder's counter against the initiator's horizontal sweep is “Carrying Single Knife to Attend Conference”, which is also the same pattern used earlier by the initiator in chopping the responder's arm.

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Kungfu Set: Fierce Tiger Speeds Through Valley

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This second combat sequence set is composed from Sequences 5 to 8. While the first combat sequence set, “Black Tiger Steals Heart”, mainly uses the left leg mode, this set uses the right leg mode. While the first set focuses on developing skills, this set focuses on expanding techniques. Hence, many new techniques for striking are introduced.

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Combat Sequence 9: Happy Bird Hops up Branch

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Sequences 9 to 12 focus on kicks and their defences. The side-kick, executed in the pattern “Happy Bird Hops up Branch”, is employed in Sequence 9. The initiator opens the way with two pressing attacks, then tempts the responder to counter. As the responder counters, the initiator employs the side kick.

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Combat Sequence 10: White Horse Presents Hoof

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This is a development from Sequence 9. If the responder does not counter-attack, the initiator follows up with a thrust kick executed in the pattern “White Horse Presents Hoof”. Alternatively, this sequence is excellent for pressing attack.

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Combat Sequence 11: Yellow Bird Plays with Water

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This sequence incorporates the deadly organ-seeking kick executed with the pattern “Yellow Bird Plays with Water”. An effective counter, employing the tactic of “no defence, direct counter” is “Trim Bamboo with Branches”, striking the leg as it kicks. This sequence also employs an effective way to intercept a pressing attack.

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Combat Sequence 12: Naughty Monkey Kicks at Tree

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This sequence incorporates the whirlwind kick, executed in the pattern “Naughty Monkey Kicks at Tree”. Take note that a whirlwind kick to the kidney can be fatal, so do be careful. The counter shown here is “hard”. A “soft” counter can be implemented using the pattern “Tame Tiger with Beads”, followed by “Golden Leopard Speeds through Jungle”.

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Kungfu Set: Happy Bird Hops up Branch

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This set is composed from Sequences 9 to 12. Four fundamental kicks are introduces. The sequences here are also effective for pressing attacks, as well show some effective ways to intercept pressing attacks.

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Combat Sequence 13: Felling Tree with Roots

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Combat Sequences 13 to 16 introduce felling and gripping techniques and their counters. The sequence here incorporates the backward throw, which is a widely used felling technique. It is implemented by the pattern “Felling Tree with Roots”. Gripping techniques are also incorporated. Good stances are essential.

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Combat Sequence 14: Lead Horse Back to Stable

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Like the previous sequence, both gripping and felling techniques are found in this sequence. The felling technique here makes excellent use of leverage, so be careful when felling your partner so that he would not break his arm or leg when falling. Note that in the previous sequence both you and your opponent are at the right leg mode when you apply the felling technique. If he is at the left leg mode, you would find it more effective to use the felling technique shown in this sequence.

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Combat Sequence 15: Farmer Hoes Rice Field

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The pattern “Farmer Hoes Rice Field” is used here to implement the shoulder throw. Take note that this throw may result in breaking an opponent's spine, which may paralyze him for life. So, be very careful. Throwing him across your waist would prevent this happening.

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Combat Sequence 16: Fierce Tiger Pushes Mountain

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This is a merciful way of felling an opponent — by pushing him to fall backward. The push should come from the back leg, not the shoulder. Instead of pushing, you may strike him.

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Kungfu Set: Felling Tree with Roots

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This set is composed from Sequences 13 to 16, and incorporates gripping and felling techniques.

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You can view all the videos above by clicking the pictures or the captions below

Lohan, Black Tiger and Fierce Tiger of Shaolin Kungfu from Wong Kiew Kit on Vimeo.

Happy Bird and Uprooting Tree in Shaolin Kungfu from Wong Kiew Kit on Vimeo.



LINKS

Fundamental Shaolin Kungfu Training Programme of Shaolin Wahnam

As taught at the Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course of October 2006

  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
  1. One-Step Sparring to Develop Combat Skills
  2. From Pre-Arranged Sparring to Guided Sparring
  3. Using Techniques and Tactics in Sparring
  1. The Five Basic Kicks
  2. The Secrets of Side Kicks and Continuous Cannons
  3. How You may Defeat Opponents Experienced in Random Free Sparring
  4. How Would a Fragile Girl Counter a Powerful Sweeping Kick from a Muay Thai Fighter?
  1. Shaolin Felling Techniques and their Defences
  2. Safety First Before Executing Felling Techniques
  1. From Combat Sequences to Free Sparring
  2. Sixteen Combat Sequences and Five Kungfu Sets
  3. Surprise your Attacker with a Counter-Attack
  1. Working out Ways to Fight a Boxer
  2. Effective Tactics and Techniques against Boxers
  3. From Gross Outline to Fine Details
  4. Exploiting Advantage to Clinch Victory
  5. Variety of Kungfu Techniques against Boxers
  6. Analysis of Techniques Used against Boxers
  7. Using Shaolin Kungfu against Boxing in Free Sparring
  1. Effective Shaolin Tactics and Techniques against Kick-Boxing
  2. Shaolin Kungfu against Kick-Boxing in Free Sparring
  1. How to Handle a Taekwondo Exponent
  2. How to Handle a Wrestling Exponent
  3. Understanding the Typical Attacks of Muay Thai Fighters
  1. Grandmaster Ho's Secrets in Countering Muay Thai Fighters
  2. First Avoid Defeat, Then Secure Victory
  3. Countering the Elbow and Knee Attacks of Muay Thai Fighters

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