HOW TO THINK AND ACT AS A MASTER

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Sifu Roland Mastel of Switzerland and Adam Kryder enjoying a sparring session during the course

The main aim of the course is to train participants to think and act as a Shaolin master. The course includes a quick review of our basic Shaolin Kungfu training programme, to apply techniques from their specialized sets for sparring or real fighting, and to have a deeper understanding of combat application so that they may be able to apply any martial art patterns in combat.

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1. Returning to the Basics

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Many kungfu practitioners say that the basics are very important. By ?basics? many of them mean ?kungfu forms. To us in Shaolin Wahnam, the basics go beyond kungfu forms. The basics are what kungfu forms as well as combat application and force training are built upon. They include stances, footwork, body movement, being relaxed, flexibility, balance, breathing methods as well as generating energy flow, exploding force and entering Zen. This video series record some of the important lessons on the basics.

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2. Form, Force, Flow and Element of Threat

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An important aim of this Special Shaolin Kungfu Course is to enable participants use techniques from their specialized sets in free sparring and real fighting. An excellent way to accomplish this is to progress from the sixteen Basic Combat Sequences. This video series reviews the lessons on applying the first four sequences to consolidate picture-perfect form, internal force, fluidity of movements and an element of threat in combat.

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3. Reviewing the Basic Combat Sequences

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Two important ingredients for combat efficiency are techniques and skills. You need the best forms for the combat situations, and the best ways to put them into action. Our Combat Sequences 1 to 4 focus on basic combat skills, whereas Combat Sequences 5 to 16 provide the basic techniques to meet all categories of attacks. The four basic combat sequences also illustrate some effective tactics, and by combining the sequences in various ways they lay the foundation for devising various strategies for combat

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4. Devising Strategies Using Combat Sequences

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If you plan your attack beforehand and use it spontaneously in combat, you have a far better chance of defeating your opponent than just fighting him on the spot in an impromptu manner. This is the use of strategies. Some simple strategies can be devised by combining combat sequences in various modes in both attacks and responses. This type of training is found in our basic training programme as taught in the Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course and regular classes at various regional centres. This video series records a quick review of these strategies by participants at the Special Shaolin Kungfu Course of April 2007.

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5. Applying Strategies for Effective Combat

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Most people today fight haphazardly, i.e. their attacks or defences are impromptu and isolated. A systematically trained Shaolin practitioner does not fight in this haphazard way. He employs techniques appropriate for the combat situations. Then he seeks or works out advantageous ways in his attack and defence using tactics and strategies. Some simple strategies in attack and defence are shown in these video clips. They involve various modes of applying combat sequences. But what should you do if your opponents react outside the manner you have planned? This will be dealth with in later progression.

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6. Free Sparring with Prescribed Conditions

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Most kungfu practitioners today are unable to use kungfu patterns in free sparring, not because kungfu is not combat effective, but because they have not been systematically trained to do so. If we undergo systematic training in kungfu combat, we will find it more effective than using other martial techniques. The sparring shown here is not totally free because the combatants have to abide by certain conditions. On the other hand, the sparring is free because it is not pre-arranged.

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7. Combat Sequences to Train Spontanous Attacks and Responses

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Combat sequences play a crucial role in our sparring methodology. Combat sequences are pre-arranged; attacks and responses follow in a fixed order.

Some people may therefore wonder how training in combat sequences can lead to proficiency in free sparring and real fighting when these occur without any fixed sequence. They are not aware of the gradual and systematic release of control from pre-arranged to free sparring in our combat sequence training. They also fail to understand that a primary aim in combat sequences is to train correct and spontaneous attacks and responses in a cost-effective manner.

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8. Using Strategies and Tactics in Attack and Defence

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Many people fight randomly, often without techniques. If you use appropriate techniques in your sparring and fighting, you have a big advantage over your opponents who don?t. We move higher to strategies and tactics. The two terms often overlap, but generally strategies refer to holistic planning whereas tactics refer to exploiting local advantages. If you use pre-planned combat sequences in appropriate combinations in your attack and defence, you use strategies. If in individual combat situations you maneuver your opponents into unfavorable conditions, you use tactics.

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9. It is Heartening to See so Many People Using Kungfu in Free Sparring

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A few people have expressed how heartening to see so many of our Shaolin Wahnam Family members use typical Shaolin and Taijiquan patterns in free sparring. The sparring shown in the videos below, however, is not totally free. The combatants are asked to use Sequences 1 to 12 as their base, which means they cannot use felling and gripping techniques which are found in later combat sequences. What is even more heartening is that while injuries and aggression are typical occurrences in most other free sparring sessions, we develop wholesome qualities in our free sparring practice.

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10. Felling and Gripping Techniques in Shaolin Kungfu

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There are more throws in Shaolin Kungfu than in arts well known for throws like Judo and Wrestling. Throws are only one of many techniques to fell an opponent. On the other hand, felling techniques often incorporate gripping attacks too. In arts like Judo and Wrestling, when the exponents throw their opponents, they do not pay much attention to the possibilities that their opponents may strike their vital spots during the throw. In Shaolin Kungfu, which is practiced for real fighting, it is very important to ensure you are safe before you attempt to throw your opponents. This video series show four combat sequences where felling and gripping attacks are used.

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11. How Sequence Training and Chi Flow Enhance Combat Efficiency

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There are two major problems many kungfu practitioners face when they wish to use kungfu in free sparring. After making an attack with a kungfu pattern, they hesitate in their next move because they do not know what kungfu pattern to use next When an opponent attacks, they do not know which kungfu pattern to use as a spontaneous response. Combat sequence training effectively overcomes these two problems. Besides giving us good health and vitality, chi flow enhances our combat efficiency in many ways. It enables us to perform our movements fast and forcefully but without feeling tired. It overcomes injuries sustained accidentally.

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12. The Tiger-Crane Set — Manifesting the Hard and the Soft in Shaolin Kungfu

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The Tiger-Crane Set is the legacy of Uncle Righteousness. This set, which has only 36 patterns, is different from the Tiger-Crane Set of Grandmaster Lam Sai Weng which has 108 patterns. Yet, there are more tiger patterns in our set than in Grandmaster Lam?s set. This is because in our set all the patterns (except the salutation at the beginning and the end) are different, whereas in Grandmaster Lam?s set many patterns are repeated. The Tiger-Crane Set manifests the ?hard? and ?soft? of Shaolin Kungfu. ?Hard? and ?soft?, however, are relative and complementary. Hard tiger patterns, for example, can be soft, and soft crane patterns can be very hard.

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13. The Dragon-Tiger Set — Crystallization of Two Wahnam Traditions

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Our Shaolin Kungfu comes from two main lineages, that of Grandmaster Lai Chin Wah who was more widely known as Uncle Righteousness, and that of Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam. Hence, our name ?Wahnam?. Uncle Righteousness was well known for the beauty and variety of kungfu forms; Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam for combat application. Both of them were great fighters. Grandmaster Wong combined the essence of Uncle Righteousness? forms with the combat application of Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam. The result was the Dragon-Tiger Set which crystalizes the best of these two traditions.

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14. The Dragon-Form Set — Demonstrating that Softness Can be Very Powerful

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Many people think that it is necessary to be hard to be powerful. This is not necessarily so. The Dragon Form Set manifests much internal force yet it is soft and flowing. This set was taught to Grandmaster Wong in his young days by his siheng, Por Lok, in Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam?s lineage in exchange for the Tiger-Crane Set. His siheng learned this Dragon Form Set from another teacher, but Grandmaster Wong derived the internal force and understood the combat application of the set as a result of his training with Grandmaster Ho. The Dragon Form Set is from Northern Shaolin. The patterns are simple, but the application profound.

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15. Shaolin Monkey Set — Symbolizing Spiritual Path from Cheekiness to Enlightenment

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Not many people may know that the specialty of Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam, one of the two Patriarchs of our school, is the Shaolin Monkey Set. This set symbolizes the spiritual path of the Monkey God, the Great Sage Equal to Heaven, who has special significance in Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam?s lineage. This set is extremely effective for combat as well as for developing qualities like agility, fluid movement and mental freshness that are very useful for daily purposes.

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16. Shaolin Five-Animal Set — Gist of Shaolin Forms and Essence

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Of all the martial arts in the world, Shaolin Kungfu has the most extensive range of techniques. While there are also techniques that fall outside the ?Five Animals?, the ?Five Animals? represent the gist of Shaolin techniques. The ?Five Animals? are Dragon, Snake, Tiger, Leopard and Crane. Each animal has its characteristic form and movement. More important than their outward forms is their inner essence. The Dragon trains Spirit, the Snake trains Energy, the Tiger trains Bones, the Leopard trains Strength, and the Crane trains Essence. This kungfu tenet, though often mentioned, is little understood, and lesser still experienced.

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17. Shaolin Pakua Set — An Exclusive Set Fit for Kings and Generals

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The Shaolin Pakua Set, which he learned from Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam, has special significance for Grandmaster Wong. It opened for him the wonders of Shaolin combat application. This Shaolin Pakua Set is relatively unknown. This is logical, as it is an exclusive set. It was the set Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam chose when he taught a Sultan or King. Just practicing the outward form alone does not contribute to combat efficiency or good health, vitality and longevity. The outward form is just a vehicle, a mean, with which the practitioner uses to generate energy flow and internal force, and to apply for combat.

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18. Combat Application of Pakua Set — Sharing Secrets for Combat Efficieny

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Grandmaster Wong is able to explain the combat application of any kungfu patterns even when he sees them the first time. This is mainly due to his ?kungfu enlightenment? after learning the Shaolin Pakua Set from Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam. In the Special Shaolin Kungfu Course of April 2007, Grandmaster Wong taught this ability to course participants. He also shared many kungfu secrets with them. These were the secrets masters guarded jealously in the past. Why are the secrets revealed publicly here, accessible even to non-Shaolin Wahnam members?

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19. Beginning to Learn some Monkey Tricks

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An excellent way to start formulating your own combat sequences from your specialized set is to use our 16 Fundamental Combat Sequences as a base from where you substitute your more sophisticated patterns from your specialized set. You need not formulate all the 16 sequences. You can compress the 16 fundamental sequences into 4 or 5 sequences. You should then attempt to compose combat sequences for other purposes. The video series here shows the Monkey specialists working out their combat sequences starting from the most basic level. They start to learn some interesting Monkey tricks.

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20. Refining Techniques in Combat

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Combat sequences form an essential aspect of our sparring methodology. Our 16 basic combat sequences will enable us to handle any combat situation. We can improve the efficiency and sophistication of our combat by applying patterns from our specialized sets. First we build some combat sequences using patterns from our specialized sets. Then we refine some of the techniques. This short series show Dr Damian Kissey and Nick Kryder in the process of constructing and refining their first combat sequence derived from the Shaolin Five-Animal Set.

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21. Some Examples of High Level Combat

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How would you raise the level of your combat efficiency? Four effective ways are shown in this video series: By raising the level of techniques, By raising the level of tactics; By raising the level of skills; By raising the sophistication of footwork. For example, instead of first deflecting an opponent?s attack with a Single Tiger, and then countering with a Black Tiger, you can complete these two movements in one using ?Green Dragon Shoots Pearl?. Here, it is raising the level of both techniques and tactics. The skills in executing these techniques and tactics can also be raised. A fourth way is to get behind your opponent to attack him. This requires agile and sophisticated footwork.

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22. Collective Effort for Greater Benefits

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The working out of the specialized combat sequences is a collective effort where everyone contributes to and benefits from, with Grandmaster Wong giving advice and guidance. It is an enriching experience where participants can maximize one another?s expertise as well as learn from others? mistakes. Not only they gain deep philosophical understanding, more sophisticated techniques and high level skills, they also have much fun and develop strong comradeship.

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23. Can Sophisticated Kungfu Techniques be used in Combat?

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The attacks and counters of the Tiger-Crane combat sequence shown in this video series are sophisticated. Many martial artists, including some masters, may say that these sophisticated techniques are unrealistic, and cannot be used in real fights. This is no surprise. These same people do not even believe that simple kungfu techniques can be used in combat. They believe that in real fights only straight-forward punches, kicks and blocks are practical.

There is no doubt that these sophisticated techniques are combat effective. The question is whether one has the skills to use them. Of course, when he cannot even apply simple kungfu techniques, using these sophisticated techniques is out of the question.

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24. Skills are usually More Important than Techniques

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A challenger defeats a master. The best student of the defeated master travels all over the country to find the counter-technique. At last he finds it. He returns to defeat the challenger. This scenario is for the movies. In reality, every master knows the counter of any attack. If he is defeated, it is not due to his ignorance of the counter but due to his insufficient skill to apply it successfully. In combat, skills are usually more important than techniques. The video series below, which shows a combat application of the Dragon-Tiger Set, captures some of these lessons on skills and techniques.

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25. One-Finger Shooting Zen — the Treasure of Shaolin Wahnam

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Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam, the third generation-successor from the southern Shaolin Temple, said to Grandmaster Wong: ?Many people say that they learn kungfu (meaning ?force training?), but what they actually learn is just quan-fa (meaning ?combat techniques?). Now you learn two of the best kungfu in Shaolin, namely One-Finger Zen and Tiger Claw.? One-Finger Shooting Zen is an amazing exercise to develop internal force and mental clarity, which not only enhance our combat efficiency but more significantly give us good health, vitality, longevity and spiritual joys. Of course, it has to be learnt personally from a competent teacher. Those who learn from books or videos only gets its outward forms.

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26. Raising Levels of Techniques and Tactics in Combat

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One way to raise our level of combat efficiency is to have more sophisticated techniques in both attack and defence. We can also bring to a higher level the way we use our techniques. We can also trick our opponent with a bait. We may initiate a simple attack like a Black Tiger, and when he responds we can surprise him with a planned counter. Or we may purposely give him an opening to attack, and defeat him as he falls into our trap. The video series below shows some of these interesting developments in combat application.

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27. Bringing Combat Skills to More Sophisticated Levels

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Having raised our levels of techniques and tactics, we can raise our skill level. The same technique or tactic performed at different skill levels can have vastly different results. In our 16 basic combat sequences, we place much importance to spacing and timing. Here in the special combat sequences, we bring spacing and timing to more sophisticated levels. For example, by adjusting the angle we face our opponent or by the manner we tame our opponents? hands, we can make it difficult for them to attack and defend. By reducing big movements we can speed up our attack, and by purposely slowing down we can trick our opponents to respond the way we want.

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28. Monkey Techniques are Flowing and Agile but can be Very Devastating

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The Shaolin Monkey Set is flowing and graceful, and does not rely on muscular strength. A Monkey stylist uses internal force. In fact, Monkey techniques are well known to be effective for small sized practitioners against bigger sized opponents. Nevertheless, the Shaolin Monkey Set, especially with its ?gorilla patterns?, is also combat effective for big sized persons. An important technique of the Monkey Set that enables its practitioners to neutralize powerful attacks is the Monkey Paw. In attacking, the Monkey Claw can be devastating. It goes for an opponent?s throat or his groin in patterns like ?Golden Monkey Pluck Fruit? and ?Beneath Leaves Steal Peach?.

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29. Flowing with the Opponent's Momentum

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If an opponent has succeeded in gripping your throat, how would you release it? Don?t push away his hand or pull away your head, because these movements may cause his grip to tear away your trachea. You should also guard his gripping hand to prevent him from suddenly releasing the grip to attack your eyes. This video series shows some participants attempting to release a grip on their throat. Although the techniques applied may be different, the basic combat principle is the same, i.e. flowing with the opponent?s momentum. This important kungfu principle enables small sized persons to defeat bigger sized opponents

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30. Beware of Monkey Tricks

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Monkey Kungfu is full of tricks. The tricks are not noticeable to most people, otherwise they would not be tricks. A skillful Monkey stylist would trick you to attack and defend in certain ways, often without you knowing. When you think you are gaining the upper-hand, he suddenly defeats you in surprise.

This and other video series on the Shaolin Monkey Set provide some interesting examples of Monkey tricks.

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31. Marvelous Techniques Beget Marvelous Techniques

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When you think you have defeated a Shaolin master with a marvelous technique, all of a sudden you find yourself marvelously defeated. This is marvelous techniques beget marvelous techniques. You have dedicated yourself to develop a kungfu skill that gives you wondrous results. Then you discover that this leads to other skills that give even more wondrous results. This is wondrous skills generate wondrous skills. This video series give some examples of marvelous techniques.

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32. How to Raise your Combat to Higher Levels

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How would you raise your level of combat? The video clips here show how you can do so in at least three ways. Firstly, you can use more sophisticated techniques for attack as well as defence. Secondly you can use higher level tactics. Instead of first defending then countering, you may use defence cum counter or no defence direct counter. Thirdly, you can raise your combat level by enhancing your footwork. Good footwork makes your attack more effective, as well as makes it more difficult for your opponent to defend or counter-attack.

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33. How you can Defeat your Opponent

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If your opponent fights haphazardly but you use basic kungfu techniques, you are one level higher than him in combat efficiency. If he also uses basic techniques, you can improve your techniques, using sophisticated instead of basic ones. If all other factors were equal, you would beat your opponent if you are a level higher in techniques. But other factors are not equal. Even when you have better techniques, but if he uses effective tactics or his skills are better, he may still beat you. Hence, besides improving your techniques, you should also enhance your tactics and skills.

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34. Employing Sophisticated Kungfu Techniques to Enhance Combat Efficiency

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Kungfu has been debased to such a shocking state today that many kungfu practitioners, including some world known masters, think that kungfu techniques cannot be used for fighting! Of course, kungfu techniques can be used for fighting. Our 16 basic combat sequences in Shaolin Kungfu and 12 basic combat sequences in Wahnam Taijiquan provide the main material for our basic combat training. In this course we use techniques from selected kungfu sets, which are more sophisticated than those of the basic combat sequences, to enhance our combat efficiency level.

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35. Systematic Training is Essential for Combat Efficiency

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Why is it that many kungfu practitioners, including some masters, find it hard to use kungfu in combat? It is because kungfu fighting is not natural, it is an art. If someone attacks you it is easier for you, if you had not been systematically trained in kungfu combat application, to response instinctively than using kungfu forms. To be proficient in kungfu combat requires not only time and effort but more significantly systematic training. If you merely free spar hoping to use kungfu techniques, it is not systematic. It will inevitably result in you fighting instinctively, i.e. without any art.

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36. Raising Combat Efficiency from Basic to Advanced Levels

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In this Special Shaolin Kungfu Course we raise our combat efficiency to higher levels not just by using more sophisticated techniques from our selected kungfu sets but also by enhancing our skills. For example, by purposely slowing down our speed while we defend, we trick an opponent to slow down his momentum too. Then we suddenly speed up our counter-attack, we can catch him in surprise. This video series captures some of the lessons on how we raise our combat efficiency from basic levels to advanced levels by enhancing both our techniques and skills.

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37. Kungfu Philosophy and Swaying Willows

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Philosophy is an aspect of kungfu training that has been much neglected. Amongst the most important benefits, understanding kungfu philosophy shows us what our goals are and enables us to be cost-effective in our training. On the other hand, we should not merely talk about philosophy we should make it alive, bringing us practical benefits. Another aspect that most kungfu practitioners have missed today is chi flow, poetically described in Shaolin Kungfu as ?yew foong pai lau? (Cantonese pronunciation) or ?flowing breeze swaying willows?. It is a treasure that we still have and greatly benefit from.

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38. Hands Pave the Way, Kicks to Clinch Victory

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Some people, including kungfu practitioners, mistakenly think that kicks are uncommon or unimportant in kungfu. Its importance can been seen in the kungfu saying, ?sau hai leong moon seen, chun pang kheik ta yen? (Cantonese), which means ?hands are like two doors to open the way, it is kicks that hit opponents?. There are more kicks in Shaolin Kungfu than all the kicks in other martial arts put together! This combat sequence of the Five-Animal Set, a representative set of Shaolin Kungfu, gives some examples not only of kicks, but how to open the doors with the hands to pave the way for kicks.

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39. Six Harmonies in Double Tiger Claws

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The Five-Animal Set has a great variety of techniques. Besides kicks, this combat sequence of the Five-Animal Set introduces the famous Shaolin Tiger Claws. ?Fierce Tiger Descends Mountain? is an illuminating pattern applying the technique of the Double Tiger Claws. Its movement is simple, but application profound. Important factors for its successful application, like appropriate body-movement, good footwork and pressing hand techniques, are demonstrated. Together with ?jing?, ?shen?, ?qi?, or essence, mind and energy, these three factors constitute the six harmonies that are very important in Shaolin Kungfu.

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40. The Amazement and Effectiveness of Monkey Kicks

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Monkey Kungfu is well known for kicks. But the kicks in Monkey Kungfu are very different from those in Taekwondo. Monkey kicks are inconspicuous, generally low, and are tricky. Monkey kicks and hand movements are integrated. A Monkey stylist uses his hand techniques to pave the way for his kicks. Often his hand movements camouflage his kicking techniques. Monkey kicks are effective and amazing. This video clips show some examples.

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41. A Bag Full of Monkey Tricks

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The Monkey is known for tricks. He may pretend to attack your face, then kicks your groin. He may run away, then surprise you with a monkey-tail kick. But how would you avoid these tricks if your opponent is a Monkey stylist? The video clips below give some examples of how you can apply the tricks on your opponent, and how you may minimize the risks of these tricks if someone applies them on you.

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42. Gentle and Flowing, yet Very Powerful

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Dragon Style is noted for its flowing movements. The Dragon movements are gentle and graceful but powerful. The uninitiated may find it hard to comprehend. How can one be gentle and graceful, yet powerful? The answer lies in chi flow and internal force. Actually there is no lack of kungfu literature mentioning that past internal art masters, of course including women, were relaxed, gentle but very powerful ? in combat as well as in their daily life.

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43. Can your Responses still be Correct and Spontaneous in Real Fights?

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A legitimate question many people ask is whether fixed routine of combat sequences can be useful in real fighting where combatants do not follow any fixed order in their attack and defence. Of course the answer is yes, which most of you have discovered from your own direct experience. It is worthy of note that we have the experience first, then we find the answer from our experience. This was actually how Shaolin philosophy developed.

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44. Incorporating Kicks into Combat Sequences

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Kicks are very important in kungfu. There is a kungfu saying that the hands open the way, it is the legs that defeat opponents. ?Kicks? may not be a perfect translation of the Chinese term ?thuei fatt? (?tui fa? in Mandarin pronunciation), which means ?leg techniques?, as there are some leg techniques, like ?leg-drag? and ?knee flick?, which are not normally conceptualized as kicks. Traditionally, there are ?Thirty Six Leg Techniques? in Shaolin Kungfu. This and subsequent series capture the lessons course participants formulate combat sequences where kicks are incorporated.

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45. Elaborate Patterns to Meet Complex Combat Situations

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Many kungfu practitioners, including some masters, do not believe that elaborate kungfu patterns can be used for fighting. Indeed, in the 1970s when Karate and later Taekwondo became popular, some traditional kungfu masters attempted to simplify kungfu, doing away with elaborate forms like Tiger-Claws and Dragon-Hands, and emphasizing straight-forward blocks and punches.

Elaborate kungfu forms were not invented. They evolved naturally from simpler forms as combat situations became more complex.

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46. The Benefits of Understanding and Applying Kungfu Philosophy

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For convenience, kungfu may be classified into four aspects, namely form, skill, application and philosophy. Most kungfu practitioners today neglect philosophy. This is one main reason they do not derive as much benefit as they should given the time and effort they have spent. This and the following video series show course participants discussing kungfu philosophy in relation to the combat sequences that they formulate. Philosophy should serve us, not enslave us ? a trap even some masters have fallen into! Some masters, The onus of kungfu training is practical benefit, for combat as well as daily living, not merely intellectual pleasure.

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47. Our Kungfu is a Training of Energy and Mind

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Why is it that we can develop internal force and mental clarity by practicing our kungfu (Shaolin Kungfu as well as Wahnam Taijiquan)? A short, simple answer is that our kungfu is also chi kung and meditation. That explains why we can develop a lot of internal force and mental clarity by practicing zhan zhuang, or stance training. It also explains why we can spar for many hours yet are not tired, and why we experience spiritual expansion.

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48. Ensuring Own Safety when Felling Opponents

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Shaolin Kungfu is very rich in felling techniques, though not many people may be aware of it. Traditionally there are ?Eighteen Felling Techniques of Shaolin?. Because Shaolin Kungfu is a martial art not protected by safety rules, much importance is paid to ensuring one?s own safety before attempting to throw an opponent. A Shaolin practitioner, for example, would not grip an opponent?s collar with his two hands to attempt a throw. After felling an opponent onto the ground, you must also ensure that your opponent has little or no opportunity to strike your vital spots.

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49. The Beauty and Profundity of Shaolin Felling Techniques

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In many other martial arts, if your opponent is bigger and stronger, you will have little chance of felling him. But not in Shaolin Kungfu. You will learn the secret in this video series. You will also learn how to use patterns that are not normally associated with felling, to fell your opponents. You will also learn an interesting technique. You can use the same pattern your opponent uses to fell you, to fell your opponent instead!

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50. Felling Techniques of the Dragon and the Monkey

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A helpful method to formulate your own combat sequences is to use our basic sequences as bases. You can then substitute some patterns from the basic sequences with patterns from your specialized set. Many participants choose Combat Sequence 13, ?Fell Tree with Roots?, as a base. In their Dragon sequences, George uses ?Fierce Dragon Across Stream? and also ?Chop the Hua Mountain? instead of ?Double Butterflies Flying? to counter the throw. Normally a solid stance, like the Horse-Riding Stance, is used to execute throws. But in the Monkey sequences, Grandmaster Wong uses the agile False-Leg Stance instead, demonstrating that a Monkey stylist can be agile and solid at the same time.

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51. Felling an Opponent Without him Realizing what has Happened

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Shaolin Kungfu makes uses of a great variety of methods, which are also very versatile. A Shaolin master may change from one felling technique to another, yet still using the same pattern. Two felling techniques are demonstrated in this video series, namely ?leg-drag? and ?leading?. Other felling techniques, like ?sweeping?, ?sinking elbow? and ?pulling back?, are demonstrated in earlier series. The ?leg-drag? is interesting. You fell an opponent without him knowing what has happened. The pattern implementing the ?lead? technique is ?Pakua Palm Technique?.

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52. Pattern Analysis of the Tiger-Crane Set

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At first, fighting movements were straight-forward, not unlike the random punching and kicking of untrained persons. But as experienced fighters used more advanced movements, simple techniques gradually became more sophisticated. These fighting movements were stylized into kungfu patterns over many centuries. Due to various factors, different combatants preferred some patterns over others. The various special sets in this course represent the crystallization of these various preferred ways of fighting. Course participants go over all the patterns in their set to explain their combat applications.

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53. Tiger Patterns for Chin-Na, Against Kicks and Countering the Shoot

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Chin-na is an advanced art in Shaolin Kungfu. It is a compassionate way of combat. It puts an opponent out of action without serious injuring him, and allows him to recover if he seeks remedy from a master or Chinese physician.

The Tiger patterns, ?Tiger Leans on Wooden Door?, ?Tame Tiger with String of Beads? and ?Yun Tan Tames Tiger?, from the Tiger-Crane Set are demonstrated in this video series as chin-na techniques. ?Tame Tiger with String of Beads? can also be employed against any kicks. When an opponent attacks you with a ?shoot?, you can stop him with ?Yun Tan Tames Tiger?. You can choose merely to fell him onto the ground, or cause serious internal injury n his head.

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54. Pattern Analysis of the Dragon-Tiger Set

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The Tiger-Claw is an integral aspect of the Dragon-Tiger Set. Tiger-Claws are excellent for chin-na though many practitioners may not realize it. The other two combat methods of the Tiger-Claw, striking with the Tiger-Claw palm, and goring with the powerful fingers of the Tiger-Claw, are more drastic. Dragon patterns are deceptively soft. In the hands of a practitioner with internal force, strikes from the Dragon-Hand which usually aims at vital points, can cause serious internal damage without leaving external marks.

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55. Revealing the Secret Tactic of Leak Hand

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?Leak Hand? is one of the many important concepts in Shaolin or Hoong Ka Kungfu that is sometimes mentioned but little understood. It is found in many of the kungfu sets in Uncle Righteousness lineage. However, its application was taught only to selected disciples. In an unprecedented manner, Grandmaster Wong reveals its secret openly here. An important reason for letting out this secret is that Grandmaster Wong does not want the secret to be lost. The form is simple but its application profound.

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56. From the Level of Techniques to the Levels of Tactics and Strategies

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In many ways kungfu combat is like playing chess. At the basic level, when your opponent makes a good move, you counter with a better move. At a higher level, you frustrate your opponent?s intention even before he makes his planned moves. Or you allow him to make his planned moves but overcome him as he does so. Two secret tactics are revealed here, ?lead hand? and ?false-false, real-real?. But if your opponent applies them on you, what would you do? You can play chess. You can frustrate him before he makes his move, or allow him to carry on but overcome him in his process.

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57. Pattern Analysis of the Dragon-Form Set

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Dragon patterns are graceful and flowing. If other martial artists criticize us saying that our kungfu is too graceful and flowing to be effective for combat, we should feel complimented rather than angry. It was a fact that great masters in the past were graceful and flowing, yet very powerful and combat efficient, and we are blessed to have similar attainment. Others who believe otherwise can keep their opinions; we are not interested or obliged to share our secrets with them. Paradoxically, many secrets are revealed in these video series, which are actually meant for our own students, but others may enjoy them if they wish.

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58. Effective Techniques for Fighting on the Ground

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The Dragon stylist is not only graceful and flowing but also agile. The pattern ?Move Body Little Jump? is effective for training agility. A good way to land when jumping away is to use the pattern ?Submerged Dragon Subdues Sea Monster?. You may then rise to attack with ?Comet Chases away Moon?. If you wish to remain on the ground for some reasons, ?Old Dragon Squats on Ground? enables you to be safe from any attacks. An opponent may strike or kick you in any ways and you can counter effectively using this pattern.

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59. Pattern Analysis of the Monkey Set

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The Monkey Set is full of tricks. Even in the apparently simple movement of rolling out at the start of the set, many tricks are embedded in it. Why does a Monkey ?wash? his head or body? Of course, it is not just for show; these washing movements contain some effective combat functions. Often one may not see their combat application from merely watching a performance of a Monkey Set. The applications need to be explained and demonstrated by a master.

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60. Soft Techniques and Internal Force in Monkey Kungfu

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A Monkey stylist is usually small in size, and his movements are generally ?soft?. How would he overcome a bigger size opponent who is powerful? Monkey techniques are graceful and employ the tactic of using minimum force against maximum strength. Moreover, a Monkey stylist uses internal force, where size and muscular strength are not important. Indeed, being muscle-bound would be a disadvantage

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61. Interesting Monkey Patterns that are Deadly for Combat

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The Monkey Set is also full of interesting patterns where their combat functions may not be obvious to the uninitiated. ?Hiding Peaches under Armpit?, for example, may be used to take your opponent for a walk without giving him an opportunity to strike you! When a Monkey stylist executes a pattern like ?Happily Pluck Fruit?, of course, he does not merely pluck fruit. He may pull of your ear or dislocate your neck. What do you think a Monkey stylist actually does when he catches fleas from his, or your, body?

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62. Pattern Analysis of the Pakua Set

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The Pakua Set looks simple but is very sophisticated in combat applications. It is the set that enables Grandmaster Wong to be ?enlightened? in using any kungfu patterns for combat. The starting pattern ?Two Steps Pull Boat?, for example, is simple looking but can be subtle in many combat functions. Grandmaster Wong also shows how you can use a series of typical Pakua patterns to attack an opponent almost irrespective of how hr responds.

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63. Pattern Analysis of the Five-Animal Set

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The beginning patterns of the Five-Animal Set are meant to develop internal force. These patterns, of course, can also be used for combat. ?Single Planting of Flowers? a ?close secret?. Understandably it is not shown in the video clips here. But Grandmaster Wong reveals the ?Secret of Continuous Snakes?, which is a deadly attacking tactic. It requires much skill to execute this secret effectively.

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64. Great Variety of Techniques in Shaolin Five Animals

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The Shaolin Five-Animal Set provides a great variety of techniques as well as different forms of internal force. The fast techniques of the Leopard, for example, are different from the graceful techniques of the Crane. The expansive force of the Dragon is different from the powerful force of the Tiger. Grandmaster Wong also reveals the secret of ?Grindstone Leopard Punch?.

There are also effective counters. Basically it comes down to the skills of the combatants rather than their techniques or tactics that usually decide the outcome of combat.

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65. Investigating the Combat Applications of Some Patterns

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There is at least one combat application for every kungfu pattern. But most kungfu practitioners today do not know the combat applications of the kungfu patterns they practice. The video series shows participants forwarding patterns that they are unsure of their combat functions. Three patterns are shown here? ?Single Tiger Emerges from Cave?, ?Horse-Riding Hand Sweep? and ?Lohan Emerges from Cave?. The pattern ?Single Tiger Emerges from Cave? shown here is from the classica Tiger-Crane Set of Uncle Righteousness? lineage. It is slightly different from the one we normally perform.

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66. Similar Patterns but Different Applications

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The patterns ?Great Showing of Majesty? and ?Great Sage Looks at Way? from the Monkey Set are similar in appearance. But do they have different combat applications? Nick and Sifu Rolland demonstrate some combat applications of these two patterns. You may, for example, use ?Great Showing of Majesty? to kick an opponent as he kicks. Some interesting applications of ?Great Sage Looks at Way? are demonstrated. They include deflecting an opponent?s attack and simultaneously striking him, and preventing an opponent from moving away as you kick him.

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67. Effective Counters against Kicks, Grips and Knee Jabs

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For many people, kicks are quite formidable. They are at a loss as what to do when opponents kick them. This video series shows a variety of counters against kicks, some of which are quite deadly. If you have practiced these counters well, as soon an opponent executes a kick, you can readily defeat him. There are also deadly techniques to grip an opponent?s head, especially if he attempts to take you down with a shoot. You would also learn how to counter if an opponent grips your head or throw knee jabs at you.

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68. Secrets of Cannon Punch in Continuous Attack

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Would you believe that by using just the pattern ?Cannon Punch Towards Sky? you can continue to attack an opponent almost irrespective of how he responds? This video series will show you how. Of course, it is not merely the technique; you need considerable skills. The cannon punch here is known as ?Skyward Cannon Punch?. It is different from the horizontal cannon punch, which is also known as an arrow punch. The pattern ?Two Steps Pull Boat? is a variation of the Skyward Cannon Punch, and can serve many combat functions.

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69. Cannon Punch Towards Sky and Fierce Tiger Crouching on Ground

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Two patterns from the Pakua Set, namely ?Cannon Punch Towards Sky? and ?Fierce Tiger Crouching on Ground?, are discussed. A combination the skyward cannon punch with some fist techniques can make you into a formidable fighter ? even with gloves on. This can be a good answer to those who say that kungfu is quite useless when gloves are worn. Many people, especially those who only perform kungfu forms, would be at a loss as what combat functions ?Fierce Tiger Crouching on Ground? can have. Amongst many other applications, it can be used to break an opponent?s arm or leg. You should know not only the combat applications of any patterns but also their counters.

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70. Flowing Monkey Techniques against Powerful Tiger Claws

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If all things were equal, it would be difficult for a Monkey to fight against a Tiger, especially against the chin-na of the Tiger Claws. But of course things are not equal. There are various ways for a Monkey to counter the powerful grip of Tiger Claws. This video series shows some effective Monkey counters, ?Spiritual Monkey Plucks Flowers? and ?Spiritual Monkey Washes Face?, against two powerful chin-na techniques of the Tiger Claws, ?White Tiger Presents Claws? and ?Fierce Tiger Descends Mountain?. These Monkey techniques exemplify the principle of ?soft overcoming hard?.

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71. Sophisticated Grips and Sophisticated Counters

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For most people, if they are held by a stronger opponent, it would be difficult for them to escape. A Monkey stylist, however, has effective ways to counter powerful grips. How does he do it? This video series reveals some of these secrets. These sophisticated techniques of attack and counters are linked to form a combat sequence. Will actual fighting follow the way the combat sequence is arranged? Most likely it will if the combatants are efficient as the combat sequence is arranged to give them the best advantages. But if one is incompetent, the combat is soon over when the more sophisticated combatant start to apply the techniques of the sequence.

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72. Breaking an Opponent's Elbow and Wrist

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Two sohpisticated chin-na techniques are demonstrated in this video series, one to break an opponent?s elbow, and the other to break his wrist. The patterns used are ?Black Tiger Break Flank? and ?Technique of Spiral Hand?. Your opponents will find them difficult to escape from. It is important that you cover your own safety as you apply your chin-na or any techniques. A number of fine points are explained.

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73. Neutralizing Wrist Lock and the Three Harmonies

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?Chein see sau? or ?spiral hand? is a formidable chin-na technique. You hold an opponent?s hand in such a way that asserting just some pressure on his wrist will break it. How can you neutralize or counter this chin-na attack? There are a few effective ways, and ?Swimming Dragon Plays with Water? is one of them. A successful application of this counter requires a good co-ordination of the three external harmonies, namely footwork, body-movement and hand technique. Hence, practicing how to use this technique to escape the wrist lock is a good way to train the three external harmonies.

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74. Advanced Chin-Na Techniques and Counters

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Chin-na or gripping is the most advanced of the four categories of attack. Unlike a strike or a kick which can be executed in one movement, it usually takes three or more movements to implement a chin-na attack successfully.

Basically there are two aspects in chin-na ? ?chin? which is holding, and ?na? which is gripping. But ?na? in chin-na is more than what is normally conceptualized by the term ?gripping?. It is gripping in such a way that even when the grip is released, the victim would be unable to continue fighting.

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75. Two Stories about Kicks

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Wong learned an excellent counter from his sifu, Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam, who taught him the pattern ?Two Tigers Subdue Dragon?. He used it so well that in his friendly sparring soon no one dared to execute side-kicks at him, as he would lock the opponents? kicking legs without fail. Grandmaster Wong also learned the counter against this ?Two Tiger? lock on the kicking leg. But before he had become skillful in its application, he tried it on his siheng, Ah Leong, in their free sparring. Ah Leong caught Grandmaster Wong?s leg, and Grandmaster Wong attempted the counter. But Ah Leong responded with ?Lead Horse Back to Stable? which resulted in Grandmaster Wong felling flat on his face covered with blood.

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76. How to Respond to Attacks Spontaneously and Correctly

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How would you train so that your responses in free sparring or real fighting are spontaneous and correct? Many people may be surprised to find out that an excellent way is to practice kungfu sets with sequences of combat applications! Participants at the Special Shaolin Kungfu Course did more. They composed their own sets from the combat applications they had worked out with their sparring partners. Such ttraining contributes much to their thinking and acting as Shaolin masters.

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77. Can Beautiful Patterns and Flowing Movements be Effective for Combat

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Some kungfu practitioners, due to their ignorance and sometimes arrogance, insist that kungfu patterns cannot be used for combat! They probably do not mean it, but they are insulting the past masters of their own lineage, implying they were fools or liars. They also imply that past masters who could seriously injure their opponents with apparently gentle movements without using brute strength were liars. Against such background, it is inspiring to see participants in the Special Shaolin Kungfu Course use graceful kungfu movements for combat.

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78. Linking Combat Sequences into a Set

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This series first shows Sifu Roland demonstrating the combat sequences he and Nicholas Jones have devised, and linking them into a set. Then he and Nick demonstrate the application of these combat sequences in pre-arranged sparring. Next Nicholas Kryder demonstrates the combat sequences he and Chris have worked out together. He then links the combat sequences into a set. The application of these sequences are shown in the following series.

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79. From Pre-Arranged Sparring to Combat Efficiency

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Some people may wonder how one can be combat efficient if he practices pre-arranged sparring and not free sparring, when attacks in real fights come randomly. This mis-conception is common among many martial artists today, and is a main reason why they cannot apply the techniques they have learnt in solo practice for free sparring. Pre-arranged sparring is a first step. It is also a very important step where students condition themselves to use their kungfu techniques for free sparring later on. The full control in pre-arranged sparring is gradually and systematically released so that eventually they can spar freely.

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80. Crystalization of Combat Techniques of Past Masters

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When you watch a classical kungfu set, you are watching the crystallization of some of the best combat movements masters used in the past in their real fighting. Most kungfu practitioners today do not realize this fact, and employ kungfu sets mainly for demonstration. In this series Sifu Anthony Korahais enacts this important fact, and demonstrates with Dr Damian Kissey some of the most beautiful attack and counter movements. The combat level shown here is high, and it needs much skill for its successful implementation.

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81. Hei Sai or the Spirit of Energy

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What makes a master?s performance stand out from that of ordinary practitioners? There are many factors, and an important one is known in Chinese as ?hei sai? (or ?qi shi? in Mandarin pronunciation), which may be roughly translated as ?spirit of energy?. A master and a student may perform the same forms, but the energy issuing from their performance is visibly different. Not only a master?s forms are flowing and graceful, but they also radiate an invisible but perceptible force. This is ?hei sai? or ?spirit of energy?.

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82. Manifesting the Energy and Spirit of your Form

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Each form has its own characteristic energy and spirit. The Dragon forms are graceful and flowing, yet very powerful because the Dragon?s energy is diffused all over the body. The Dragon?s spirit is calm but penetrating. If you wish to bring your kungfu to another level, you should manifest the energy and spirit of your form. This, of course, needs to be initiated by a master. As evident from the videos, the course participants of the Special Shaolin Kungfu Course have accomplished this feat very well.

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83. Manifesting the Inner Essence of Your Form

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What makes a master?s performance stand out? There are many factors, but an important one is the spirit of the form. Students merely perform the form without the spirit, but a master manifests it. In other words, when students perform some Dragon patterns, they only show their outward forms. But when a master performs the same Dragon patterns, the spirit of the Dragon is perceptible. Different types of form manifest different types of spirit. For example, the spirit of the Dragon, which is majestic and flowing, is different from that of the Monkey, which is playful and agile.

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84. Kungfu Practice is not just Physical Training but also Spiritual Cultivation

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One of the effective ways to enhance your kungfu performance is to manifest the spirit of the forms you are performing. Needless to say, the purpose of enhancing performance is not to please spectators, but to improve combat efficiency as well as enrich our daily living. Manifesting the spirit of the Dragon when performing Dragon forms, for example, improves our presence of mind. Manifesting the spirit of the Monkey enables us to be agile and cheerful. We nurture our spirit, besides developing our energy and body. Hence, practicing kungfu is not just physical training but also spiritual culitvation.

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85. Fluidity of Form, Energy and Spirit

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Another hallmark of a master is his fluidity ? not just of form but also of energy and spirit. As a result he is flexible in his movements, has good control of force applied, and his mind pervades at all places. Grandmaster Wong explains the philosophy and demonstrates how this fluidity of form, energy and spirit can be achieved. This brings the participants? attainment to a much higher level

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86. Shaolin Kungfu is Chi Kung and Meditation

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To many people, practicing Shaolin Kungfu is just a form of recreation. But to us it is also chi kung and meditation. This means that we can not only use it for combat, but it also contributes to our good health, vitality, longevity, mental clarity and spiritual expansion.

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87. Revealing the Secrets of Shaolin Masters

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Although the course participants know the applications of almost all the patterns in their special sets, there are a few they still may not know, or which they would like to know their finer points. They grasp this rare opportunity to ask Grandmaster Wong. The Butterfly Palms, for example, is often heard of in Shaolin Kungfu, but seldom understood. Grandmaster Wong reveals their secrets as well as demonstrates how the Butterfly Palms may be used against an opponent irrespective of how he responds! The finer points of ?Old Tree with Roots? and ?Thousands Tons Towards Ground? are also explained.

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88. The Profundity of Shaolin Combat Application

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Why do you show a dragon but hide a tiger, or why do you spin a gold coin on the floor? These are some of the secrets the course participants find out. How would you immobilize a monkey and take him for a walk, and how would the monkey free himself from your grip? Certainly Shaolin patterns are not only poetically named and beautiful to watch, they are also highly effective for combat as well as full of fun.

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89. It is Easy to Fight against Boxers

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Many people find it hard to fight a Boxer because of his fast punches. But it is actually easy to fight a Boxer ? if you know how. A Boxer has many disadvantages compared to a Shaolin exponent. A Boxer has very limited techniques, which means not only he is limited in his range of attack, but also if you attack him using techniques outside his repertoire he often does not know what to do. In this video series Molly and Steve show how they can effectively handle Boxers. Molly and Steve use techniques from their Tiger-Crane Set and Dragon-Tiger Set respectively.

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90. Avoiding a Boxer?s Strong Points and Attacking his Weaknesses

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An excellent combat principle is to avoid an opponent?s strong points and attack his weaknesses. A Boxer?s strong points are his fast punches and his agility. His weaknesses are many, and can be summarized into his grossly narrow range of techniques for both attack and defence. A Boxer does not know how to kick you, apply locks on you, or fell you onto the ground. If you can successful apply these forms of attack on him, he does not know how to defend himself.

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91. Some Effective Tactics against Boxers

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There are many effective tactics against Boxers. Using a Tiger-Claw to deflect a Boxer?s fast punches or to grip his arm, and felling him followed with a decisive strike are some examples shown here. Can you remember the difference between a tactic and a technique? Closing an opponent so that he can not strike you as you attack him is a tactic. You may do so using a Tiger-Claw or a Taming Hand, both of which are techniques. A pattern using the Tiger-Claw technique to close an opponent is ?Single Tiger Emerges from Cave?.

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92. The Strategy of Not Allowing an Opponent to Escape

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Many martial artists must have experienced the following situation in their free sparring. Their opponent made a wrong move which gave them a good opportunity to defeat him But they were unprepared. So they missed the opportunity and the opponent escaped. Past masters generalized these situations into a combat principle to help their students not to miss such opportunities. In Chinese (Cantonese) it is ?tak sai pat siew yen?. Word-by-word it means ?have advantage don?t free opponent?. This principle of not allowing an opponent to escape when you have an advantage is a good strategy to use against Boxers or any combatants.

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93. The Strategy of Letting Trick Manifesting Trick

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Some moves carry an innate weakness, but you can turn this weakness into a strong point. In Chinese (Cantonese) this is ?cheong khai chow khai?, which is word-by-word ?let trick manifests trick?. It means that when an opponent attempts to use a technique or trick to defeat you, you use his same technique or trick and turn it around to defeat him instead. This strategy is very effective in combat as well as in daily life, and often wins the admiration of your opponents especially if you are magnanimous in victory.

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94. The Strategies of Interception and of Striking Form

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If you are skilful and forceful, a good tactic or strategy, depending on how you use it, is to intercept a Boxer's attacks and counter-attack. Sifu Anthony shows some excellent examples in the first part of this series. In the second part Grandmaster Wong demonstrates an excellent strategy against Boxers known in Chinese (Cantonese) as ?yau yeng ta yeng, mou yeng choui ying?. Word-by-word it is ?have form hit form, no form chase shadow?. When a Boxer attacks you, strike his arm. When he retreats, strike his head or body.

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95. Standardized Routines of Kick-Boxing Attacks

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The great strategist Sun Tzu advised that if you know yourself and know your enemies, you will win every battle you fight. Hence, before we practice counters against Kick-Boxers, it is wise to understand how Kick-Boxers usually fight. Sifu Anthony Korahais demonstrates some widely used Kick-Boxing attacks. Grandmaster Wong asks that these common attacks be formalized into standard routines. Of course, when Kick-Boxers attack in free sparring or real fighting, they don?t do so in fixed routines. But practicing routines instead of randomly saves a lot of time. When we are familiar with the routines, we can systematically release control so that eventually the attacks can be random.

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96. Some Effective Counters to Kick-Boxing Attacks

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Course participants work out counters against Kick-Boxers according to some standardized routines. Will they be able to apply these counters in free sparring or real fighting which does not follow any pre-arranged routines? Of course, they will if their combat training is systematic and methodological. Working with routines saves a lot of time. When we are familiar with the routines, we must progress to other stages of combat training where controls are gradually released so that eventually we can free spar. The participants here are advanced practitioners who already have gone through the other combat training stages. Hence, the attack and defence exchanges here are quite free right at the start.

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97. Felling a Kick-Boxer when he Kicks

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Technically speaking, if you move in to fell a Kick-Boxer when he kicks or immediately after he has kicked, he has little or no chance to escape your attack. You must of course close him correctly so that he cannot counter-strike. This does not necessarily mean that if you apply a felling technique on a Kick-Boxer in a real situation, you will surely fell him. Whether you will succeed or not depends much on your skills in relation to his. If you are clumsy while applying this technique, not only it may not work but he may kick you many times. Even if you can apply the technique correctly, if he is more skilful, he can still kick you.

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98. The Secrets of Two Tigers Subdue Dragon

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In his young days Grandmaster Wong went around looking for Blackbelts to practice free sparring. Taekwondo was very popular at his time, and most of his opponents used kicks very frequently. Grandmaster Wong learned an effective counter against kicks from his master, Sifu Ho Fatt Nam using the pattern ?Two Tigers Subdue Dragon?. Here Grandmaster Wong shares the fine points of this technique with his students.

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99. Shaolin Counters against Kick-Boxing and Karate

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It is easy to bring a Kick-Boxer onto the ground as he kicks. Of course we can also bring him onto the ground when he is not kicking. Two examples are shown in this video series. Another effective way is to cover and strike him. For methodical training, some common ways a Karate exponent typically attacks are formalized into sequences. Two effective ways of handling a Karate exponent are shown here. One way is to tempt him to attack and then kick him. Another way is to intercept his punches and counter-strike.

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100. Some Important Combat Philosophy and Principles

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Some important combat philosophy and principles are explained in this series. While attacks may come in countless way, if he understands combat philosophy and principles, a skillful Shaolin practitioner can prepare himself to handle almost all of them! He should also know how to exploit advantages when they arise and make modifications in his planned sequences according to the changing movements of his opponents.

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101. It is Relatively Easy to Handle Karate Attacks

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Handling Karate attacks is relatively simple, because Karate attacks and defences are straight-forward. Indeed, if you practice the techniques shown in this video series well, you will have sufficient techniques to handle Karate exponents, including Blackbelts, quite competently. If you can successfully apply some of the felling and chin-na techniques shown in other videos, Karate opponents may not know how to counter your attacks, simply because these counters are not found in their repertoire of techniques.

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102. Good Spacing When Handling Kicks

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If you observe Karate and Taekwondo exponents sparing, you may notice that many of their kicks do not connect. This may be due to their being accustomed to no-contact fighting. But in a real fight, this will be bad spacing. Muay Thai fighters are different. Their kicks as well as punches always connect. Good spacing when executing kicks is explained in this video series. You will also learn how to bridge the gap when your opponent moves back, and how to move in to kick if you have earlier retreated. The difference in reach between a punch and a kick is noted, and an excellent footwork maneuver is explained.

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103. A Variety of Taekwondo Kicks

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Many martial artists are weary of kicks because they find them long reaching and powerful. But actually it is easy to handle kicks ? if you know how and have the required skills. Taekwondo is famous for kicks. A variety of Taekwondo kicks are shown in this series. Muay Thai kicks are quite different, and will be dealt with later. When we know how Taekwondo exponents typically attack with their kicks, it becomes easier for us to handle them. ?Know yourself, and know your enemy, and you will win a hundred battles out of a hundred,? the great strategist, Sun Tzu, advises.

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104. Effective Shaolin Counters against Taekwondo Kicks

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There are many effective Shaolin counters against Taekwondo kicks. ?Tame Tiger with String of Beads? can be used to counter any kicks. ?Two Tigers Subdue Dragon? is excellent to trap the leg of a side-kick. When an opponent executes a reverse round-house, you can apply ?Double Dragons Cross Step? to strike him often without him knowing how.

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105. Trapping Legs and Subduing Opponents

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You can render an opponent quite helpless when he kicks if you can trap his kicking leg and subdue him onto the ground. Some effective techniques for this purpose are shown in this video series. The patterns employed are ?Panda Hugs Tree?, ?Old Monk Clamps Wood? and ?Double Dragons Cross Step?. Good judgment, good timing and good spacing are necessary.

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106. Making Expedient Changes to Surprised Attacks

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Taekwondo kicks are quite straight-forward, but Muay Thai kicks are tricky. When an opponent executes a right sweeping kick to your left side, you may move to your right side to counter-attack. But a Muay Thai fighter is agile enough to suddenly change his attack and gives you a left sweeping kick. If you are close, he may hold your neck and throw continuous knee jabs at your chest or ribs. How would you counter? Grandmaster Wong poses this question to the course participants during a training session.

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107. The Legacy of Sigung Ho Fatt Nam — Planting Willow in Front of Camp

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This series is a continuation of the previous one. How would you counter if you move into a sweeping kick or a knee strike at close quarters? A number of possibilities are suggested. Grandmaster Wong offers the best solution ? the legacy of Sigung Ho Fatt Nam, namely ?Planting Willow in Front of Camp?.

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108. Having Fun in Throws and their Counters

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Who says there are no throws in Shaolin Kungfu? In fact there are more felling techniques in Shaolin than in all the other martial arts put together! This is not an exaggeration but a true statement, though many Shaolin practitioners today may not know these felling techniques. Chris and Nick, who are expert in throws, demonstrate these attacks and their counters. They also have a lot of fun.

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109. Sharing the Secret of Move Stance Change Step

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Course participants have a lot of fun trying to throw one another as in Judo. Then they adopt their kungfu stances and feel the difference. Grandmaster Wong shares with them a secret he learned from his master, Sigung Ho Fatt Nam, many years ago, which is ?chow ma woon pou?, meaning ?move stance change step?. With this secret, opponents find it difficult, if not impossible, to throw you.

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110. Some Unorthodox Felling Techniques Not Commonly Seen

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Some people may be annoyed to find Grandmaster Wong saying that there are more felling techniques in Shaolin Kungfu than in all the other martial arts put together. They may be more annoyed, if not puzzled, to know that in Shaolin Kungfu you can fell an opponent without throwing him or without touching him with your hands. You will also learn in this video series how to counter an opponent gripping your two hands and attempting to flick you over his head with his leg.

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111. Felling Opponents with your Stances

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The Unicorn Step is very versatile. Not only you can apply the Unicorn Step to frustrate opponents trying to throw you, but also you can fell them instead. You may also break their knees and ankles if you want to. The Unicorn Step facilitates the rotation of your waist, which enables you to fell opponents heavier and taller than you, often without jostling with them. In Shaolin Kungfu you do not throw your opponents with your hands, you fell them with your stances!

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112. Beware of Monkeys; they are Expert at Plucking Peaches

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Beware of Monkeys; they are expert at plucking peaches. Grandmaster Wong further enhances their ability by showing them how to trap a kick and make plucking peaches a certainty! They are effective irrespective of their own size or their opponents? size. Indeed a small Monkey can skillfully control a much larger opponent.

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113. Sophisticated Footwork and Leg Techniques of Monkeys and Gorillas

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Irrespective of whether they are Monkeys or Gorillas they are not only good at peach plucking, but also at footwork and leg techniques. A skillful Monkey or Gorilla can get you onto the ground and subdue you before you can realize what has happened. Some sophisticated footwork and leg techniques are shown in this video series.

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114. Wrestling Throws are Found in Shaolin Kungfu Too

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Wrestling throws are found in Shaolin Kungfu too. In fact, they are more sophisticated. Wrestling throws are usually exposed as attackers are protected by safety rules, but Shaolin throws are always covered, with the exponents? safety taking top priority. Some examples of Shaolin throws that are similar to but not quite the same as Wrestling throws are ?Angry Bull Charges at Fence?, ?Jade Belt Surrounds Waist? and ?Drunken Man Retains Friend?.

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115. Real Fighting is Different from Martial Sports

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Some people forget that real fighting is different from martial sports. In a martial sport like Judo or Wrestling, an attack may be exposed while attacking yet he may not be hurt because he is protected by safety rules. But safety rules do not apply in real fighting. As you grab your opponent?s legs for a shoot, he may smash your head or gorge out your eyes. As Shaolin disciples we do normally do not use such drastic techniques, but we must be prepared that our opponents may use them.

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116. Who Says there is no Ground-Fighting in Shaolin Kungfu?

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Who says there is no ground-fighting in Shaolin Kungfu? Wrestling techniques to pin opponents onto the ground are also found in Shaolin Kungfu, like ?Lohan Worships the Buddha?, ?Green Frog Crouches on Ground? and ?Lazy Man Smokes Pipe?. Some incredible secrets to counters such holds are hidden in the open in the video clips. Many people may find it hard to believe, but if you know these secrets and have necessary skills, you can counter any attacks to pin you down.

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117. An Incredible Secret of One-Finger Zen

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Some time ago when Sifu Anthony Korahais mentioned that he would use his Tiger-Claw to counter opponents trying to pin him down, some people laughed in their ignorance. In this video series, you do not even need the five fingers of your Tiger-Claws but just one finger of your One-Finger Zen to counter any attempt to pin you onto the ground! The secrets are hidden in the open. See if you can find them.

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118. Understanding Muay Thai Fighting Strategies and Techniques

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Muay Thai fighters always attack in a series. In other words, they do not attack once, then think of a second attack, which is what many martial artists do and which makes them hesitant and slow. To be able to counter Muay Thai fighters more effectively, it is necessary to know the attack sequences they commonly use. Sifu Roland demonstrates five Muay Tahi attack sequences, and Peter demonstrates four.

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119. Various Strategies to Counter Muay Thai Fighters

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Understanding that Muay Thai fighters usually attack in a series of three is a great help in preparing how to counter them. There are various strategies we can use. One strategy is to let him complete his series of attacks, then counter-attack him before he starts another series. Another strategy is is to intercept him half way and counter-attack. A third strategy is to counter-strike as soon as he attacks.

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120. Responding to Muay Thai Attacks Spontaneously and Correctly

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If a Muay Thai fighter, or any attacker, uses a sequence which you have prepared yourself for, you can counter effectively. But would you be able to do this if he attacks you at random? Yes, if you are proficient in countering some common attack sequences. As Muay Thai attacking techniques are relatively limited in number, even if the attacks are random, they are usually modifications from the few common sequences. Hence if you can modify your responses according to his random attacks, you can respond spontaneously and effectively.

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121. Avoiding Opponent?s Strength and Attacking his Weakness

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?Avoiding an opponent?s strength and attacking his weakness? is an important principle in combat. The strength of a Muay Thai fighter lies in his fast, powerful kicks and elbow strikes, and his weakness is his lack of solid stances. Hence, a good tactic is to let his elbow strikes and kicks pass, instead of blocking them, and counter-strike. Then fell him onto the ground to subdue him.

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122. Effective Ways to Counter Sweeping Kicks

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Muay Thai sweeping kicks are formidable to many people. As these kicks are very powerful, blocking them may result in the defenders? arm being broken. But there are effective ways to stop these kicks, if you know how. One effective method is to intercept the kicks. Another effective method is to stay close to the Muay Thai fighter so that he cannot kick effectively. Other effective methods, like letting the kicks pass then counter-strike, are shown elsewhere.

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123. Effective Counters against Knee and Elbow Strikes

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Muay Thai is well known for its knee and elbow strikes. These attacks are even more formidable when a Muay Thai fighter holds your neck down while kneeing or elbowing you. Some effective counters are explained in this video series. You need to be familiar with them in your training so that you can apply them spontaneously and correctly in free sparring or real fighting.

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124. Crouching Tiger against Grab Neck Elbow Strike

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A deadly and seemingly impossible attack to counter is when a Muay Thai fighter grabs your head close to him and strikes you with his elbow.. A skilful Muay Thai fighter may feint some initial attacks to get close enough to execute this formidable attack. An effective counter is ?Fierce Tiger Crouching at Cliff?, which interestingly looks like a decorative pattern without combat function! Like other techniques, you must practice the counter many times to be fluent, so that when the occasions arise to use it, you can apply it spontaneously and correctly.

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125. Shaolin Kungfu for Combat Efficiency, Good Health and Spiritual Development

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We are happy and proud that in our school we practice kungfu for combat efficiency as well as good health and spiritual development. These three integrated aspects are highlighted in the completion of this Special Shaolin Kungfu Course. After free sparring using Shaolin patterns, course participants enjoy a vigorous chi flow which promote health, and conclude with Standing Meditation where may of them experience spiritual joys.

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How to Think and Act as a Master

  1. Returning to the Basics
  2. Form, Force, Flow and Element of Threat
  3. Reviewing the Basic Combat Sequences
  4. Devising Strategies Using Combat Sequences
  5. Applying Strategies for Effective Combat
  6. Free Sparring with Prescribed Conditions
  7. Combat Sequences to Train Spontaneous Attacks and Responses
  8. Using Strategies and Tactics in Attack and Defence
  9. It is Heartening to see so Many People Using Kungfu in Free Sparring
  10. Felling and Gripping Techniques in Shaolin Kungfu
  1. How Sequence Training and Chi Flow Enhance Combat Efficiency
  2. The Tiger-Crane Set — Manifesting the Hard and the Soft in Shaolin Kungfu
  3. The Dragon-Tiger Set — Crystallization of Two Wahnam Traditions
  4. The Dragon-Form Set — Demonstrating that Softness Can be Very Powerful
  5. Shaolin Monkey Set — Symbolizing Spiritual Path from Cheekiness to Enlightenment
  6. Shaolin Five-Animal Set — Gist of Shaolin Forms and Essence
  7. Shaolin Pakua Set Set — An Exclusive Set Fit for Kings and Generals
  8. Combat Application of Pakua — Sharing Secrets for Combat Efficiency
  9. Beginning to Learn some Monkey Tricks
  10. Refining Techniques in Combat
  1. Some Examples of High level Combat
  2. Collective Effort for Greater Benefits
  3. Can Sophisticated Kungfu Techniques be Used in Combat?
  4. Skills are usually More Important than Techniques
  5. One-Finger Shooting Zen — the Treasure of Shaolin Wahnam
  6. Raising Levels of Techniques and Tactics in Combat
  7. Bringing Combat Skills to More Sophisticated Levels
  8. Monkey Techniques are Flowing and Agile but can be Very Devastating
  9. Flowing with the Opponent's Momentum
  10. Beware of the Monkey Tricks
  1. Marvelous Techniques Beget Marvelous Techniques
  2. How to Raise your Level of Combat
  3. How you can Defeat your Opponents
  4. Employing Sophisticated Kungfu Techniques to Enhance Combat Efficiency
  5. Systematic Training is Essential for Combat Efficiency
  6. Raising Combat Efficiency from Basic to Advanced Levels
  7. Kungfu Philosophy and Swaying Willows
  8. Hands Pave the Way, Kicks to Clinch Victory
  9. Six Harmonies of the Double Tiger Claws
  10. The Amazement and Effectiveness of Monkey Kicks
  1. A Bag Full of Monkey Tricks
  2. Gentle and Flowing, yet Very Powerful
  3. Can your Responses still be Correct and Spontaneous in Real Fights?
  4. Incorporating Kicks into Combat Sequences
  5. Elaborate Patterns to Meet Complex Combat Situations
  6. The Benefits of Understanding and Applying Kungfu Philosophy
  7. Our Kungfu is a Training of Energy and Mind
  8. Ensuring Own Safety when Felling Opponents
  9. The Beauty and Profundity of Shaolin Felling Techniques
  10. Felling Techniques of the Dragon and the Monkey
  1. Felling an Opponent Without him Realizing What has Happened
  2. Pattern Analysis of the Tiger-Crane Set
  3. Tiger Patterns for Chin-Na, Against Kicks and Countering the Shoot
  4. Pattern Analysis of the Dragon-Tiger Set
  5. Revealing the Secret Tactic of Leak Hand
  6. From the Level of Techniques to the Levels of Tactics and Strategies
  7. Pattern Analysis of the Dragon-Form Set
  8. Effective Techniques for Fighting on the Ground
  9. Pattern Analysis of the Monkey Set
  10. Soft Techniques and Internal Force in Monkey Kungfu
  1. Interesting Monkey Patterns that are Deadly for Combat
  2. Pattern Analysis of the Pakua Set
  3. Pattern Analysis of the Five-Animal Set
  4. Variety of Techniques in Shaolin Five Animals
  5. Investigating the Combat Applications of Some Patterns
  6. Similar Patterns but Different Applications
  7. Effective Counters against Kicks, Grips and Knee Jabs
  8. Secrets of Skyward Cannon Punch in Continuous Attack
  9. Cannon Punch Towards Sky and Fierce Tiger Crouching on Ground
  10. Flowing Monkey Techniques against Powerful Tiger Claws
  1. Sophisticated Grips and Sophisticated Counters
  2. Breaking an Opponent's Elbow and Wrist
  3. Neutralizing Wrist Lock and the Three Harmonies
  4. Advanced Chin-Na Techniques and Counters
  5. Two Stories about Kicks
  6. How to Respond to Attacks Spontaneously and Correctly
  7. Can Beautiful Patterns and Flowing Movements be Effective in Combat?
  8. Linking Combat Sequences into a Set
  9. From Pre-Arranged Sparring to Combat Efficiency
  10. Crystalization of Combat Techniques from Past Masters
  1. Hei Sai or the Spirit of Energy
  2. Manifesting the Energy and Spirit of your Form
  3. Manifesting the Spirit of the Form
  4. Kungfu Practice is not just Physical Training but also Spiritual Cultivation
  5. Fluidity of Form, Energy and Spirit
  6. Shaolin Kungfu is Chi Kung and Meditation
  7. Revealing the Secrets of Shaolin Masters
  8. The Profundity of Shaolin Combat Application
  9. It is Easy to Fight against Boxers
  10. Avoiding a Boxer's Strong Points and Attacking his Weaknesses
  1. Some Effective Tactics against Boxers
  2. The Strategy of Not Allowing an Opponent to Escape
  3. The Strategy of Letting Trick Manifesting Trick
  4. The Strategies of Interception and of Striking Form
  5. Standardized Routines of Kick-Boxing Attacks
  6. Some Effective Counters to Kick-Boxing Attacks
  7. Felling a Kick-Boxer when he Kicks
  8. The Secrets of Two Tigers Subdue Dragon
  9. Shaolin Counters against Kick-Boxing and Karate
  10. Some Important Combat Philosophy and Principles
  1. It is Relatively Easy to Handle Karate Attacks
  2. Good Spacing When Executing Kicks
  3. A Variety of Taekwondo Kicks
  4. Effective Shaolin Counters against Taikwondo Kicks
  5. Trapping Legs and Subduing Opponents
  6. Making Expedient Changes to Surprised Attacks
  7. The Legacy of Sigung Ho Fatt Nam — Planting Willow in Front of Camp
  8. Having Fun in Throws and their Counters
  9. Sharing the Secret of Move Stance Change Step
  10. Some Unorthodox Felling Techniques Not Commonly Seen
  1. Felling Opponents with your Stances!
  2. Beware of Monkeys; they are Expert at Plucking Peaches
  3. Sophisticated Footwork and Leg Techniques of Monkeys and Gorillas
  4. Wrestling Throws are Found in Shaolin Kungfu Too
  5. Real Fighting is Different from Martial Sports
  6. Who Says there is no Ground-Fighting in Shaolin Kungfu
  7. An Incredible Secret of One-Finger Zen
  8. Understanding Muay Thai Fighting Strategies and Techniques
  9. Various Strategies to Counter Muay Thai Fighters
  10. Responding to Muay Thai Attacks Spontaneously and Correctly
  1. Avoiding Opponent's Strength and Attacking his Weakness
  2. Effective Ways to Counter Sweeping Kicks
  3. Effective Counters against Knee and Elbow Strikes
  4. Crouching Tiger against Grab Neck Elbow Strike
  5. Shaolin Kungfu for Combat Efficiency, Good Health and Spiritual Development


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