DEVISING STRATEGIES USING COMBAT SEQUENCES

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Chris and George apply simple combat strategies in their sparring

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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Introducing the Strategy of Pressing Attacks

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After having fun with Combat Sequences 1 to 4, we progress to Combat Sequences 5 to 8. Here George and Innes go over Combat Sequence 5, which introduces the important strategy of “Pressing Attacks”.

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Flowing Continuously in a Sequence

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Here the roles of initiator and responder are reverse. Innes initiates with Sequence 5, and George responds. Notice that the sequence is performed flowingly as if all the patterns were one long continuous pattern.

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Merely Executing a Sequence Flowingly on your Opponent

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George and Innes go over Combat Sequence 6. In many cases, if you merely execute your sequence flowingly against an opponent, he is quite helpless as how to respond to your attack. If he attempts any counters, neutralize his counters accordingly and carry on with your sequence.

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Continuous Cannons in Pressing Attacks

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Molly from Shaolin Wahnam USA and Nick from Shaolin Wahnam England go over Combat Sequence 5. The sequence is called “Fierce Tiger Speeds through Valley”, and introduces the application of “Continuous Cannons” in pressing attacks.

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Appropriate Leg Mode Change

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Grandmaster Wong shows the appropriate change of leg mode, if needed, when linking sequences. For example, after Sequence 5 if Molly wishes to continue any one of the Sequences 1 to 4, she has to change from a right leg mode to a left leg mode. If she wishes to continue with any of the Sequences 5 to 8, she needs not change her leg mode, she continues from left leg mode to left leg mode.

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Using Strategies in Combat

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Having a preplanned way to attack an opponent is using strategies in combat. A useful strategy is to initiate an attack using a ploanned sequence, then continue the attack with another planned sequence. Here is an example of a simple combat strategy by Molly. She initiates with Sequence 5, then continues with Sequence 6. Nick could defend against Molly's planned attacks because he is also trained in this strategy. Another opponent who is untrained may have difficulty meeting Molly's attacks.

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You may also Respond with a Combat Strategy

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The responder, if he is properly trained, can of course employ combat strategies too. A simple strategy is to respond with a planned sequence after the initiator has completed is attacking sequence. Here Grandmaster Wong shows how to continue from the initiator's Sequence 5 to any of the Sequences 5 to 8.

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Varying the Modes of Attack in Combat

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George attacks with a simple strategy, i.e. using a planned combat sequence, Sequence 5. Chris responds with a planned strategy too. He also uses Sequence 5. For convenience, we code this combat mode as AB5-5. If George manages to continue his attack by repeating his planned Sequence 5, the combat mode would be coded as AA5-5. By varying the modes in continuing from one combat sequence to another, we can have a variety of strategies to attack opponents.

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A Big Advantage of Planned Attacks and Responses

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The strategy Chris uses in this video clip is to respond to an attacker using Sequence 6. In the earlier video clip he responds with Sequence 5. In both cases George initiates with Sequence 5. His attacks are pre-planned. For convenience we code the combat mode in the previous video and in this video as AB5-5 and AB5-6 respectively. Take note that Chris' responses are also pre-planned. This, of course, has a big advantage over random responses. The advantage is enhanced when Chris varies the mode of pre-planned responses.

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  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 pf 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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