REVEALING SECRETS OF PAST TAIJIQUAN MASTERS

By the courtesy of Ogingo Videography, Sabah, Malaysia.

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Grandmaster Wong demonstrates a Taijiquan technique against the Shoot

Among the participants of the Sabah Intensive Chi Kung Course and the Sabah Instensive Shaolin Kungfu Course are some who practice Taijiquan. They make use of question-time to ask Grandmaster Wong intriguing questions that have puzzled them.

Grandmaster Wong's answers amaze them, revealing secrets of past masters. Before this the practitioners could only perform Taijiquan as external forms, but within fifteen minutes Grandmaster Wong teaches them how to transfer their newly learnt chi kung skllls into their Taijiquan forms to generate energy flow and develop internal force!

Thousands of Taijiquan practitioners have practiced “Single Whip” with an open palm in one hand and a hook in the other. But what is the hook for? Not many people know. When performing the “li” or “press forward” technique, known as “Push Boat According to Flow” in Wahnam Taijiquan, the left palm is placed at the right wrist. Why is this so? And what is meant by striking with the back leg? You will find answers in this video series.

The wrestling shoot is often used today to fell an opponent. Do you know that there are many Taijiquan techniques to counter the shoot? And do you know that there are many Taijiquan techniques to fell pponents onto the ground? You can also find the answers in the videos.

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Performing Taijiquan External Forms

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Grandmaster Wong asks participants who have learnt Taijiquan elsewhere to perform their Taijiquan movements the way they used to practice. Some Shaolin Kungfu practitioners also join in the fun, performing Shaolin movements slowly like Taijiquan.

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Adding Inner Dimensions to External Movements

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Then Grandmaster Wong asks the participants to perform the same movements but this time in a chi kung state of mind. They just enjoy the movements, without thinking of anything, without worrying about their breathing, and without worrying whether their forms are correct or not. They just flow with the movements. It is noticeable that they have added an inner dimension to their performance, and have successfully generated a chi flow. At the end of the performance they can feel some internal force.

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The Secret of the Hook in Single Whip

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Thousands of Taijiquan practitioners have performed “Single Whip”, but not many know why one hand is held in a hook. Here Grandmaster Wong explains the secret. It is to consolidate the internal force so that it will be exploded out in the other hand. If both hands are in open palms, the internal force will be spread out in both hands instead of being channeled to the palm in one hand with the other hand in a hook as a “brake”. But why is the other hand not held in a fist. It would then tense up the muscles hindering smooth chi flow.

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Hook Hand Applied as a Grip

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

The hook hand in “Single Whip” can also be used to grip an opponent's wrist while striking him with the other palm. It is necessary to lift up the opponent's hand so as to prevent him from striking back.

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Holding an Opponent while Attacking Another

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

The hook hand is used to hold on to an opponent and keep him at bay while attacking another opponent so that the first opponent could not attack you from behind. It is amazing the hook hand in “Single Whip” is so useful but very few people know about it.

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Double Dragons Play with Pearl

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

What is the movement called “Double Dragons Play with Pearl” use for? Grandmaster Wong demonstrates two applications. When an opponent is about to grasp you as in a shoot, you can dislocate his neck. This is a deadly attack; it is quite sufficient just to control the opponent's neck. Another application is to release his holds on your both arms, and hold him or strike him instead.

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Why is the Left Palm at the Right Wrist?

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

When performing “Push Boat According to Flow”, one places his left palm at his right wrist. Thousands of Taijiquan practitioners are doing this, but very few know why. There are some good reasons, and here Grandmaster Wong illustrates one of them. The left hand is used to “tame” an opponent's hands while striking him.

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Taijiquan Qin-Na or Gripping Technique

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Grandmaster Wong illustrates another combat function of the left palm position on the right wrist in the pattern “Push Boat According to Flow”. It is a qin-na or gripping technique, which can be used to dislocate an opponent's wrist. If he escapes, you can use your left hand to “tame” his front hand and simultaneously strike him with your right forearm.

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Black Bear Sinks Hips

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

What is the function of the “sinking” technique as in the pattern “Black Bear Sinks Hips”? One useful function is to counter a shoot. As an opponent moves in to grab your legs for a shoot, push his head down to your knees with the “sinking” technique.

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Felling an Opponent with the Sinking Technique

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The “sinking” technique can also be used when an opponent has successfully grasped your legs, or holds you with your arms trapped in between his arms. This video clip shows the counters. Good stance is necessary for an effective application of the technique. In the video clip when an opponent has fallen, it is important to position your legs so that he may not kick at your groin.

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Shoulder Strike from the Back Foot

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When and how is a shoulder strike used? When an opponent grips your arm and pulls you, instead of resisting, follow his momentum and counter-attack with a shoulder strike as well as a strike at his groin with your reverse palm. Grandmaster Wong explains that the shoulder strike is not executed from the shoulder, but from the back foot.

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Tricking an Opponent to Attack

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Take note that when you apply a shoulder strike, your upper body is exposed. You may use this as a trap. If an opponent attacks you, grip his arms and pull him down with the pattern “Black Bear Sinks Hips”. As he falls, Sifu Jamie closes his groin with his leg to prevent a deadly attack at it. Seeing this, Grandmaster Wong comments that Sifu Jamie is well trained.

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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. Allying 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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