THE MECHANICS OF CONTINUATION

By the courtesy of Ogingo Videography, Sabah, Malaysia.

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Participants of varying levels of attainment practicing together and enjoying themselves

Combat sequences are our forte in our sparring methodology. Amongst many benefits, they help you to overcome two major problems many martial artists face when sparring, one faced by an initiator, or attacker, and the other faced by a responder, or defender.

A major problem many initiators face is wondering what pattern to use next. When you use a combat sequence, you don't have this problem, you merely execute the sequence.

A major problem many responders face is how to use proper kungfu patterns to respond correctly and spontaneously to random attacks. This is indeed a big problem for many martial artists. When they start thinking of what patterns to use, they become hesitant, and soon discover that punches and kicks rain on them.

The secret is that in combat you do not think. Whatever thinking there may be, has been done in pre-combat training. In combat you just respond spontaneously and correctly. Combat sequences provide you a systematic way to do so.

Of course, you would not be able to do this if you have not been systematically trained. This is the situation most other kungfu practitioners all over the world are facing now. This explains why they are unable to use kungfu for combat.

Some non-Shaolin Wahnam members reading this may again accuse us of being boastful or conceited. That is their opinion and their business, and we are not going to waist our time on their opinion. We state a truth courageously, and are generous enough to share relevant secrets with those who may want to benefit from reading our webpages.

A defender may successfully use kungfu patterns to defend against attacks coming in a pre-arranged order, but how can he defend against attacks coming at random? Such skills will be trained in later stages of our sparring methodology.

At the earlier stages, you condition yourself to respond spontaneously and correctly to certain attacks. If an opponent throws you a middle-level punch, for example, you spontaneously respond with “Single Tiger”. If he throws you a low-level punch, your spontaneously respond with “Hand Sweep”. It is like using language. When you have to say something in a given situation, you just say it spontaneously. You don't have to think of what words and what grammar to use.

These early stages are mainly covered in Sequences 1 to 4, which also develop some fundamental combat skills. Sequences 5 to 8 expand your repertoire of hand attacks and defences.

When you have completed one sequence, logically you can continue with another sequence. The video clips below show the mechanics involved in the continuation from one sequence to another.

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Continuation by Gliding Forward

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Alejandro of Spain, who is a beginner, and Sifu Jamie of England, who is a master, perform Sequence 5. A special feature in Shaolin Wahnam is that practitioners of vastly different levels can practice and benefit together. Then Grandmaster Wong shows how the responder, i.e. Alejandro, can continue with any one of the Sequences 1 to 4. As both the completing and the continuing sequences use the left-leg mode, Alejandro needs only to glide his left leg forward. But he must ask the way, which he can accomplish by opening or closing the opponent's leading hand.

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Continuation by Stepping Forward

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

If you continue from Sequence 5 to Sequence 4, for example, where the leg mode is from left to left, you merely glide forward. But if you continue from Sequence 5 to another Sequence 5, where the leg mode changes from left to right, you step forward. You may need to make some spacing adjustment. If you merely step forward, as in the video clip, you would be too close to be safe. So, first you bring your front leg backward to an appropriate space, then step your back leg forward. With good footwork not only you avoid giving away disadvantages, but also gain advantages.

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Sparring Partners of Varying Attainment Levels

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Here participants of varying attainment levels enjoy their practice and derive benefits according to their levels. Alejandro, a beginner, is practicing with Sifu Jamie, a master. Mohamed, a national Taekwondo champion, is practicing with Wei Joo, an intermediate student. Bernadette, a fresh beginner, is practicing with Mark, a security chief whose expertise is combat and who is heavier and a head higher than his demure sparring partner. In genuine kungfu, size and muscular superiority do not matter.

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Continuation with Drag Step

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Now it is the initiator, not the responder, who makes the continuation. Grandmaster Wong shows how you can continue from Sequences 5 to Sequence 5, or to any one of the Sequences 5 to 8 which start with the right leg mode. As the opponent is some distance away, it is necessary to close the gap for correct spacing. This can be accomplished by gliding forward, as shown in a previous video clip. It can also be accomplished by dragging forward, as shown here. Dragging has the advantage that it is slightly faster than gliding, but the disadvantage that you are more exposed to counter-attacks. It is therefore very important to close your opponent first, as shown in the video.

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Adjusting Leg Modes in Continuation

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Grandmaster Wong demonstrates how the initiator can continue from Sequence 5 to any one of Sequences 1 to 4. Here the leg mode is from right to left. It is important to open or close the opponent's leading hand while continuing to the next sequence. Grandmaster Wong also reviews how you can continue from Sequence 5 to any one of Sequences 5 to 8, where the leg mode is from right to right..

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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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