SOME SECRETS IN PRACTICING GENUINE KUNGFU

By the courtesy of Ogingo Videography, Sabah, Malaysia.

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Bernadette, a fresh beginner, is sparring with Sifu Jamie, and enjoying the experience. Their sparring reveals many principles, like being relaxed, letting chi flow smoothly and attaining six harmonies, which we regard as basics but which are open secrets that may help many others attain benefits practicing genuine kungfu would give, like being free from pain and illness and maintaining mental clarity even in demanding situations.

If you practice genuine kungfu, amongst many other benefits, you should be free from pain and illness, and have mental clarity even in demanding situations. But, instead, many kungfu practitioners today suffer from internal injuries, and are stressful and angry even at ordinary times. Why is this so? Why are so many kungfu or wushu practitioners today not healthy physically and emotionally, when practicing their art is supposed to make them so? One important reason is that they miss the secrets that enable them to gain these benefits.

Our school is noted for sharing secrets openly with the public. This has raised a few legitimate questions.

Kungfu masters were well known in the past for keeping secrets. Their students had to learn for many years before some secrets were revealed to them. Why are we so open with our secrets?

Many people are hostile to us. They accuse us for being boastful, for thinking we are the only school that practices genuine kungfu and genuine chi kung, and all others are bogus. They do not believe in chi or internal force, or that kungfu can be used for fighting. Why should we share our secrets with them?

By being so generous with our secrets, will others use them against us?

We shall address these three questions briefly here.

Conditions in the past were different. Now we almost never have life-death combat. So, one of the main reasons for keeping secrets is no longer valid. On the other hand, both kungfu and chi kung have been debased so badly that there is a real risk of their being lost forever to posterity. If we want to prevent this happening, we just have to share some secrets.

We are not sharing secrets with those who are hostile to us, though they will of course also read about our secrets. Because they do not believe in these secrets, they will not practice them, and therefore will not get the benefits from the secrets. Here is a good example that they do not benefit not because the benefits are denied them but because they block themselves from the benefits.

Of course their accusations are not true. We are not boastful; we are just being courageous enough to state the truth. We also never claim we are the only ones who practice genuine kungfu and genuine chi kung. We have acknowledged that there are other genuine masters and genuine schools but they are rare when compared to the debased ones. They are also not as open as we do in sharing secrets.

We need not be worried that others may use our own secrets against ourselves. Our open secrets are actually quite elementary. These were known by all kungfu and chi kung practitioners in the past, such as being relaxed and using proper stances, but the arts have been so debased that today most practitioners do not believe in them or they are even unaware of these principles.

Although they are elementary, they are very important. If you neglect them you will miss the essence of kungfu or chi kung. On the other hand, for those who have been practicing kungfu or chi kung for many years but not deriving the benefits these arts are purported to give, if they only follow these elementary secrets, they will find their result enhanced.

The video clips below record some of these elementary secrets taught in the Sabah Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course of March 2007.

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Sharing a Combat Secret

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Grandmaster Wong shares a secret with the participants. It does not matter whether the attack is at the top, middle, bottom or sides. As long as you move back into a False-Leg Stance you will avoid the strike. Then you respond accordingly, i.e. if it is a top attack you thread, a middle attack you lean, a low attack you sweep and a side attack you intercept. If you were slow or made a wrong judgment, it doesn't matter, just let the attack pass!

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Moving Back or Moving Forward

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Grandmaster Wong demonstrates the different modes of footwork used in defending a horn-punch. If the attack is a top, middle or bottom strike, you just need to retreat into a False-Leg Stance and respond accordingly. But if it is a side attack, you may choose to move further back with your back leg, or move half a step forward with your front leg. Both modes have their advantages and disadvantages.

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Sparring Partners of Different Levels

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

A special feature in Shaolin Wahnam is that participants may be of vastly different levels yet they all benefit from the same course according to their levels and needs. For example, in this video Bernadette is a fresh beginner and her sparring partner, Sifu Jamie, is a master. Is Sifu Jamie wasting his time practicing with someone much below his level? Of course, it is not. Both benefit and enjoy much from the practice.

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Picture-Perfect Forms

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Grandmaster Wong emphasizes the importance of picture-perfect forms in our attack and defence movements. By performing the forms perfectly we derive the best advantages those forms provide in the given combat situations. To maintain picture-perfect forms, every movement in our performance, as well as in real life, should be a master-piece.

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Can you find the third Secret?

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

In this short video clip Grandmaster Wong reveals three secrets. Two of them are “open secrets”, which are shared openly with the public, and one is an “exclusive secret”, exclusive only to Shaolin Wahnam members. The two open secrets concern the “snake palm”. The two open secrets are as follows. As Sifu Jamie moves forward to attack, but before he even moves his attacking right hand, Grandmaster Wong brushes aside Sifu Jamie's left guard hand and thrusts a left snake palm into Sifu Jamie's throat. Alternatively, following the momentum of the brushing defence, Grandmaster Wong thrusts the same hand in a snake palm into Sifu Jamie's ribs. But can you see the third secret? It is hidden in the open. If you know it, it is actually glaring you in your face!

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Progressing to Sequence Attacks

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Instead of attacking with a “Black Tiger” three times separately, Grandmaster attacks continuously, linking the three “Black Tiger” patterns into a continuous sequence, which is also called “Black Tiger Steals Heart”. Sifu Jamie then applies the same “Black Tiger” sequence on Grandmaster Wong. There are certain advantages you can get by attacking in a sequence instead of individual patterns. Can you remember what they are? The exclusive secret mentioned in the previous video clip is also clearly shown here, hidden in the open. Have you found it?

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Preventing Opponent's Surprising Counter-Attacks

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

The “Black Tiger” sequence performed at normal speed earlier, is now performed slowly to review some finer points. Grandmaster Wong highlights the two open secrets mentioned earlier, i.e. brushing away Sifu Jamie's guard hand and counter-attacking. Hence, Sifu Jamie must take care of this possibility when executing his sequence attack. He must ensure that the opponent cannot counter-attack in a surprise.

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We wish to thank Mr Godfery Kissey of Ogingo Videography, Penampang, Sabah, Malaysia for kindly provideing us with the videos. (Godfery is also a member of our Shaolin Wahnam Family.) His telephone number is 60-88-731788, and e-mail address is godfery@pc.jaring.my .


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Review of the Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course in Sabah in March 2007

Click here for an Overview of the entire course

  1. The Basics of Shaolin Kungfu Training
  2. Fundamental Combat Skills
  3. Defeat you Hand to your Opponent, Victory you Create Yourself
  4. Avoiding Disadvantages and Seeking Advantages
  5. Basic Principles and Tactics of Combat
  6. Skills derived from Sparring can be Rewardingly used in Daily Life
  7. Some Secrets in Practicing Genuine Kungfu
  8. Various Ways to Move into an Opponent

  9. Applying Combat Sequences in Sparring
  10. Linking Sequences to be More Combat Efficient
  11. The Secrets of Continuous Cannons
  12. The Mechanics of Continuation
  13. Marvelous Techniques Beget Marvelous Techniques
  14. Perfecting Forms and Developing Force
  15. Applying Tactics in Combat
  16. Objectives of Form Training in Solo

  17. Being Fluent in Kicking Techniques before Applying them in Combat
  18. Using Tactics in Kicking Attacks and Defences
  19. Different Levels of Sophistication in Sparring and Fighting
  20. The Legacy of Uncle Righteousness: Secret of Continuous Cannons and their Counters
  21. Benefiting from the Experiences and Teachings of Past Masters

  22. Poetic Patterns Can be Very Deadly
  23. Moving Back One Step when in Diffiuclt Situations
  24. Linking Sequences to Form a Kungfu Set
  25. Felling Techniques in Kungfu are Different from Judo and Wrestling
  26. Butterfly Palms and Hiding Flowers are Excellent in Countering Felling and Gripping Attacks
  27. Let Mercy Flow from the Hands

  28. Benefits of Solo Set Practice — Combat Sequences 13 to 16
  29. From Pre-Choice Sequences to Free Sparring
  30. Applying Shaolin Patterns Correctly and Spontaneously in Free Sparring
  31. Shaolin Kungfu against Boxing and Kick-Boxing
  32. Shaolin Counters against Wrestling Shoots
  33. The Secret of Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam
  34. Why Shaolin Kungfu is Technically Faster than Boxing
  35. Shaolin Techniques, Tactics and Strategies against Boxing
  36. Revealing Secrets of Past Taijiquan Masters
  37. Overwhelming Opponents with Just One Pattern
  38. Poetry and Elegance in Effective Combat

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