BUTTEFLY PALMS AND HIDING FLOWERS ARE EXCELLENT IN COUNTERING FELLING AND GRIPPING ATTACKS

By the courtesy of Ogingo Videography, Sabah, Malaysia.

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Both Gripping and Felling Attacks are found in this Pattern, "Lead Horse Back to Stable"

All attacks can be generalized into four categories:

  1. Striking
  2. Kicking
  3. Felling
  4. Gripping

When you can counter these archetypical attacks, you can counter all attacks. Striking is emphasized in Combat Sequences 1 to 8, kicking in Combat Sequences 9 to 12, and felling and gripping in Combat Sequences 13 to 16.

When you throw an opponent backward using “Fell Tree with Roots”, for example, you also grip his one arm under your elbow as well as his other shoulder with your other hand to prevent him striking you. When you trip your opponent using “Lead Horse Back to Stable” shown below, you grip his leading arm at his elbow and wrist with your both hands.

As you neutralize an opponent's felling techniques, you also neutralize his grips. “Double Butterflies Flying Together” and “Hiding Flowers in the Sleeves” are two excellent patterns to counter grips as well as felling attacks.

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The Beauty of the Butterfly Palms

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Grandmaster Wong attempts to throw Sifu Jamie to fall backward, but Sifu Jamie neutralizes the attack using Butterfly Palms. This pattern, “Double Butterflies Fly Together”, neutralizes both Grandmaster Wong's grips on Sifu Jamie's arm and shoulder as well as the felling attack. Grandmaster Wong opens the Butterfly Palms and counters with a organ-seeking kick. Sifu Jamie retreats his front leg and strikes the kicking leg with “Sharp Knife Trims Bamboo”. Grandmaster Wong retreats his kicking leg, then move forward to attack with a leopard punch. Sifu Jamie defends with a “thread hand”.

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Perform Each Movement as a Masterpiece

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Grandmaster Wong demonstrates the initiator's mode Combat Sequence 13 which incorporates the backward felling technique pattern by pattern. Notice that each movement is performed as a masterpiece, not to please spectators but to enhance good health, vitality, longevity and combat efficiency.

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From Random Fighting Movements to Kungfu Patterns

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This video clip shows the responder's mode of Combat Sequence 13, “Telling Tree with Roots”. It is worthy of note that the patterns came about as a result of actual combat movements, and kungfu sets came about when patterns and sequences are linked together. In other words, first we had random fighting movements, then we had patterns and sequences, and finally we had kungfu sets. It was not the other way round.

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Smooth Step and Cross Step

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When an opponent attacks you with a “smooth step”, which means his leading hand and his front leg are on the same side, as in the pattern “Fierce Tiger Speeds through Valley”, you may fell him using “Fell Tree with Roots”. But if he uses a “cross step”, which means that his leading hand and his front leg are on different sides, as in the pattern “Black Tiger Steals Heart”, felling him with “Fell Tree with Roots” would expose you to counter-attacks. A better choice is “Lead Horse Back to Stable” as illustrated in this video.

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Tripping an Opponent to Fell Him

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Grandmaster Wong demonstrates felling Sifu Jamie with “Lead Horse Back to Stable” in a smooth flowing movement. Notice that Grandmaster Wong applies “qin-na” or gripping techniques on Sifu Jamie's arm before felling him. The felling technique here is tripping. Grandmaster Wong places his leg behind Sifu Jamie's leg to trip him to fall over. Grandmaster Wong also stresses that one must position himself safely even when the opponent has fallen.

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Precious Duck Swims through Lotus

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Here is a counter against a tripping technique using “Lead Horse Back to Stable”. As an opponent places his leg behind yours, step over his leg, release his grip on your arm and strike him with “Precious Duck Swims through Lotus”.

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Hiding Flowers in the Sleeves

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Two factors are involved in countering “Lead Horse Back to Stable” — overcoming the felling technique and overcoming the grip on the arm. Grandmaster Wong asks the participants to come close to observe how he neutralizes the two-hand grip. First he relaxes his arm. Then following the momentum of the attack, he circulates his arm to release the grip, using the pattern called “Hiding Flowers in the Sleeves”. Grandmaster Wong stresses that he must take care that the opponent may voluntarily releases his grip to strike at close quarters. He covers the opponent's hands and strikes the opponent's dan tian with a level fist or a cup fist.

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Combat Sequence in One Smooth Flow

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The various attacks and counters are now performed in one smooth flow, forming Combat Sequence 14. Indeed, when you are familiar with the individual patterns, the combat sequence should be performed smoothly and continuously as if the various patterns were one long pattern. Notice that Sifu Jamie chops at Grandmaster Wong's low punch, and Grandmaster Wong moves it away to “Single Tiger Emerges from Cave” to avoid the chop.

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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

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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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