THE SECRETS OF CONTINUOUS CANNONS

By the courtesy of Ogingo Videography, Sabah, Malaysia.

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Grandmaster Wong deonstrates the famous tactic of Continuous Cannons

After having developed basic combat skills like correct timing, correct spacing, sound judgment, instantaneous change, and fluid movement, in Combat Sequences 1 to 4, participants progress to Combat Sequences 5 to 8 where they expand the repertoire of their combat techniques.

Besides providing basic combat skills, the first four combat sequences also provide sufficient techniques for the participants to handle any strikes, which can be generalized into coming from four directions, namely top, middle, bottom and sides. In other words, having practiced Sequence 1 to 4, the participants would be able to handle any hand attacks. The techniques, however, are limited. In fact they are purposely meant to be limited so that the participants can focus on developing skills.

Sequences 5 to 8 expand their techniques remarkably. Whereas the left-leg mode is mainly used in the previous four sequences, in the next four sequences the right-leg is mainly used, thus enabling the participants to be proficient with both legs as the leading leg. Sequences 5 to 8 also introduce the tactic of pressing attacks.

A famous but little understood tactic to implement pressing attacks is “Continuous Cannons”, which is called “lian zhu bao” in Mandarin or “lin chu pao” in Cantonese. “Continuous Cannons” are introduced in Sequence 5, as shown in the video clips below.


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Tempting an Opponent with a False Opening

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Grandmaster initiates with a thrust punch. Notice that unlike in the earlier Sequences 1 to 4, here the initiator uses a right Bow-Arrow Stance instead of a left. Grandmaster Wong purposes leave his body unprotected with his left guard hand. This is a trap. As the opponent attacks, Grandmaster Wong wards off, threads, and counter-strikes all in one smooth fast movement, hitting the opponent before he realizes what has happened. This is a famous tactic called “Continuous Cannons”.

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The Famous Tactic of Continuous Cannons

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The famous tactic of “Continuous Cannons”, which is “lian zhu bao” in Mandarin or “lin chiu pao” in Cantonese, is often heard but seldom known. Here Grandmaster Wong reveals its secret. It is actually quite simple but formidable, and is very effective as pressing attacks. Only “Fierce Tiger Speeds Through Valley” is used in this example, but it can be combined with “Fierce Tiger Steals Heart”.

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The Mechanics of Continuous Cannons

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Grandmaster Wong shows the mechanics of “Continuous Cannons”. Here the pressing tactic is composed of a continuous repetition of three techniques, namely “Fierce Tiger Speeds Through Valley”, “Single Tiger Emerges from Cave” and “Single Tiger Emerges from Cave” again or “Golden Dragon Plays with Water”. The three patterns are performed as if they were one smooth pattern. If you practice this tactic 50 times a day for three weeks, you can be quite formidable with this tactic.

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Continuous Attacks at Middle, Bottom and Side

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After the first round of the “Continuous Cannons”, instead of striking the opponent's middle level with “Fierce Tiger” again, Grandmaster Wong strikes his bottom level with “previous Duck”. He can then continue with “Fierce Tiger” to resume the “Continuous Cannons”, but instead he changes to a side attack using “Golden Star”. This evolves into another combat sequence, which we named “Fierce Tiger Speeds Through Valley” after its first pattern. Notice that Grandmaster Wong guards the opponent's leading hand before executing the “Golden Star”, otherwise the opponent may counter-strike easily, and that the pressing attacks are on three fronts, namely middle, bottom and side.

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Progression from Two Moves to One

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Grandmaster Wong shows the progression from two moves to one move before executing “Precious Duck”. In the earlier video clip, two moves were used, namely right Single Tiger and left Single Tiger or Golden Dragon. Here only one move is used, namely left Single Tiger or Golden Dragon. Reducing moves is one of many ways how a practitioner may progress in his performance. More examples will be shown later.

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Tigers, Dragons and Precious Duck

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The mechanics of pressing attacks are shown here in solo. They consist of two Fierce Tigers, two Single Tigers, a Golden Dragons and a Precious Duck. This is a version of “Continuous Cannons” and forms part of Sequence 5.

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The Skill of Fast Retreat

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Sequence 5, “Fierce Tiger Speeds Through Valley”, is demonstrated slowly. The responder counters the Golden Star with “Immortal Emerges from Cave”, followed immediately with “Fierce Dragon Across Stream”, which often strikes the opponent unless he is well trained. Hence, amongst other skills, this sequence develops in the initiator the skill of fast retreat. Do you realize that the responder makes two continuous strikes — Immortal and Fierce Dragon?

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Pattern Practice for Picture-Perfect Form

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Grandmaster Wong leads the class in performing the sequence, “Fierce Tiger Speeds Through Valley”, pattern by pattern. One main objective is to ensure picture-perfect form, without which the practitioners would not be able to derive the best advantages the patterns provide in given situations. There are six, or seven if we include the threading technique, patterns in this sequence, four of which are attacks.

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Going Back One Step

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Now Grandmaster Wong leads the class in performing the responder's mode of Sequence 5. Notice that it is quite similar to Sequences 1 to 4, except the last pattern, “Fierce Dragon Across Stream”. This illustrates how the sequences are developed. "Going back one step" is an important training concept in our school. If you are not proficient in performing a sequence smoothly, you should go back one step to practice its patterns in picture-perfect forms.

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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

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  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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