LINKING SEQUENCES TO BE MORE COMBAT EFFICIENT

By the courtesy of Ogingo Videography, Sabah, Malaysia.

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Grandmaster Wong and Sifu Jamie Robson demonstrate how you may continue with a combat sequence after the first combat sequence is completed

Why do many kungfu practitioners who can perform beautiful kungfu patterns in solo abandon their kungfu for free-style fighting, Kick-Boxing or other martial techniques when they spar?

There are a few reasons. The main reason is that they have never been trained to use kungfu techniques in sparring. They have only been trained to perform kungfu patterns in solo. So when they spar, they are forced to use kungfu patterns haphazardly, instead of in a systematically trained manner.

For example, when an opponent throws them a punch, irrespective of whether it is a typical kungfu punch or a clumsy punch from an untrained person, the kungfu practitioners start thinking what kungfu techniques they could use against the punch. If they are lucky to ward off the punch with some kungfu techniques, their opponent now throws them a kcik.

They then start thinking of what kungfu techniques to use next. And before they realize what has happened, a torrent of punches and kicks would rain on them. In frustration they would throw away their kungfu forms and fight randomly like their opponent. They would find using kungfu forms a burden, whereas fighting randomly would be more effective.

This is true, but they do not know the true reason. The true reason is not that kungfu forms are ineffective for fighting, but that they have never been trained to use them. Because kungfu forms are sophisticated, to untrained persons they would become a liability rather than an asset.

Let us take an analogy. If you compare walking to riding a bicycle, riding a bicycle is faster But if you do not know how to ride a bicycle, the bicycle becomes a liability rather than an asset, in which case you would be faster by throwing away your bicycle and walk instead.

It is the same with kungfu. But kungfu is not merely a bicycle, it is a car. A skillful person by walking or running can still be faster than someone riding a bicycle, but he will never be faster than a car. Just like a car can give you many other benefits besides enabling you to reach your destination faster, practicing kungfu can also give you many other benefits besides making you more combat efficient.

The video series below follows from the previous one. It shows you how you can link combat sequences together to enable you to be more effective in sparring or actual fighting.

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Continuing from a Combat Sequence

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In our sparring methodology, after an initiator has completed a sequence, he or the responder may continue with another sequence. Here the responder makes the continuation, he uses the same sequence, Sequence 4, the initiator uses. Notice the combat skills involved in the encounter, like towards the end when there seems to be no escape from Sifu Jamie, but by a skillful use of footwork he overcomes the difficult situation.

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Solo Practice of Sequences

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A common question many students ask is how they can practice combat application if they do not have a sparring partner. A good way is to practice combat sequences, or a selected part of a combat sequence. Here Grandmaster Wong shows how you may practice a part of Combat Sequence 4 to be so skillful that when you match a partner or a real opponent, you can execute it flawlessly.

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Have Fun rather than Injuries in Sparring

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To have some variety, here Nick and George engage in some free sparring where they need not follow any combat sequences. Notice that they use stances and kungfu patterns, and not bouncing about or free-style fighting. More significantly they do not hurt each other, and both have much fun. Some people accustomed to brutal sparring may complain that the sparring here is not realistic. That is their opinion, but we prefer to have fun than injuries from practice. It is precisely because the participants are skillful that they avoid hurting their sparring partners or even actual opponents. If we have to inflict damage, which we prefer not to, we are certainly able to do so.

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Footwork in Continuing a Sequence

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Grandmaster Wong explains the footwork involved when you wish to continue a sequence after you have completed a sequence. Here you complete your first sequence in the left leg mode, which applies if you start with Sequence 1 or Sequence 2, and wish to continue with any one of the Sequences 1 to 4. The responder would have to make some footwork adjustment if he wishes to continue with any one of the Sequences 1 to 4. Take note of correct spacing and coverage involved.

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Alternative Footwork of Responder

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This video clip shows an alternative footwork employed the responder when the initiator continues a sequence. Instead of stepping back from a left False-Leg Stance to a right False-leg Stance and then readjust to a left Bow-Arrow Stance, as shown in the previous video clip, he can just glide back from a left False-Leg Stance to also a left False-Leg Stance, and then move forward to a left Bow-Arrow Stance to continue the next sequence.

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Continuing a Sequence by Responder

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Earlier it was the initiator who continued from a combat sequence. Here Grandmaster Wong and Sifu Jamie shows how the responder, instead of the initiator, continues with a second sequence after the first sequence. After the first sequence, Sifu Jamie moves his front leg forward to continue with the second sequence. After responding, Grandmaster Wong has to make some footwork adjustment to continue the sequence. Notice that initially Grandmaster Wong wishes to continue with Sequence 3, but Sifu Jamie intercepts his attack half way, forcing Grandmaster Wong to switch to Sequence 4. Grandmaster Wong can do so smoothly as he has been systematically trained. The description may be verbose, but the movement is actually simple.

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Transitional Footwork Between Sequences

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Grandmaster Wong shows the transitional footwork used to link the end of one sequence (which ends with a left Bow-Arrow Stance) with the start of the next sequence (which also starts with the left Bow-Arrow Stance). This applies in the case of a responder completing any one of the Sequences 1 to 4, and continuing with any one of the Sequences 1 to 4. It is important to cover the opponent before continuing with the next sequence.

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The Continuation Stage in our Sparring Methodology

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There are various steps in our sparring methodology. In our combat sequence training, we start with “pre-choice”, then move to “self-choice”. Then we move to “continuation” where an initiator or a responder may continue with a new sequence after the first sequence is over. Correct footwork is required for smooth continuation. Here is an example where a responder continues with one of the Sequences 1 to 4, when an initiator has completed Sequence 3.

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Opening or Closing an Opponent's Hand

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Sifu Jamie initiates with Sequence 3. At it scompletion, Grandmaster Wong continues with one of the Sequences 1 to 4. It is important to ask the way so as to prevent the opponent counter-striking when you continue with the second sequence. Grandmaster Wong explains that you may "open" or "close" the opponent's hand while asking the way.

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Using Kungfu Forms in Sparring

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Participants practicing the continuation stage in our sparring methodology, where an initiator or a responder continues with a second combat sequence after the first combat sequence is completed. They can choose whichever sequence they like but the choice is limited to Sequences 1 to 4. This is a good way to develop combat skills like fluid movements and spontaneous response, besides the basic skills of correct spacing and correct timing. Most significantly, they can use kungfu forms in their sparring.

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Overcoming a Major Problem of Many Martial Artists

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Grandmaster Wong initiates with Sequence 1. After its completion, he continues with Sequence 4. In our sparring methodology, we call this method “continuation”. By following this method, you overcome a major problem faced by many martial artists while sparring or fighting, i.e. they do not know what move to use next after each move. But your opponent does not necessarily follow this order of moves. He will move randomly, which will then negate your planned order. We shall employ some tactics to overcome this problem later on. Notwithstanding this, at a high level a master may maneuver his opponent in such a way that the latter would follow the master's planned order without the latter knowing!

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Changing Leg-Mode in Continuing another Sequence

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In the previous video clip, you completed your first sequence, Sequence 1, with your left leg in front, and you start your next sequence, Sequence 4, also with the left leg in front. In this case you merely move your left front leg forward as you continue with the next sequence. But what should you do if you complete your first sequence, for example Sequence 3, with your right leg in front and you have to start the next sequence with your left leg in front? Simple. Just change your leg-mode, as shown in the video.

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Sparring within a Framework of Conditions

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By employing this method of continuation, participants are able to use kungfu forms for sparring. The sparring here is not free, but it is also not totally pre-arranged. Within a framework of conditions, participants have some choice. Initially the choice is limited, but it is gradually expanded. The framework here is that they must use Sequences 1 to 4. The choice is that they can start with any one of the four sequences and either one can continue with any one of the four sequences. A hallmark is that no one is hurt and they enjoy themselves.

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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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LINKS

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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