BEGINNING TO LEARN SOME MONKEY TRICKS

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Beware of the Monkey stylists! They are very tricky.

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. For example, all the four fundamental combat sequences that deal with top, middle, bottom and side attacks can be compressed into one specialized combat sequence comprising strikes from all the four directions.

You should then attempt to compose combat sequences for other purposes, like against a Boxer, a Kick-Boxer or to use some specialized skills for specific combat situations. The video series here shows the Monkey specialists working out their combat sequences starting from the most basic level.

The Monkey is known to be agile and very tricky. Hence, in their attempt to compose combat sequences from their Shaolin Monkey Set, the Monkey stylists learned some monkey tricks from Grandmaster Wong. However as this is their first combat sequence where they consolidate their basic attacks and defence, not many tricks are shown in this video series. But the initiated may find some hidden in the apparently overt Monkey techniques.

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Substituting with Monkey Patterns

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Sifu Roland and Nick employs patterns from their Monkey Set to substitute for those in the fundamental combat sequences in order to formulate a combat sequences focusing on strikes. For example, instead of using “Black Tiger Steals Heart”, Nick uses “Phoenix Eye Chases Wind”. And instead of responding with “Single Tiger Emerges from Cave”, Sifu Roland responds with “Spiritual Monkey Brushes Leaves”.

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Using Soft Internal Force

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Soft internal force is important in the Monkey Set. Grandmaster Wong demonstrates how one could use internal force in the pattern “Spiritual Monkey Brushes Leaves” to defend against a middle strike.

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Comments and Suggestions from other Participants

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Other course participants give comments and suggestions in the formulation of combat sequences. This is an invaluable part of the training resulting in the participants having a deep understanding of combat application concerning not only their own chosen sets but also those of their kungfu brothers.

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The Monkey Paw

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Grandmaster Wong shows Nick how to use the Monkey Paw to control an opponent's attacking arm. It is a soft technique requiring internal force. It can then be used to strike the opponent.

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Soft against Hard

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Notice that Sifu Roland uses his monkey paw to hook Nick's elbow. In another situation, Grandmaster Wong shows Nick how to apply “soft against hard” to brush away Sifu Roland's threatening hand and counter attack immediately

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Soft, Flowing Movements and Hard Counter

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The various exchanges between Sifu Roland and Nick are “soft”. This is a characteristic of the Monkey, using soft, flowing movements. But when the situation is suitable, a Monkey can also be hard, as in Sifu Roland striking Nick's attacking arm.

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Naughty Monkey Kicks at Tree

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As Sifu Roland attacks with “Single Sounding of Bell”, Grandmaster Wong avoids his strike and counter with a sweeping kick using the pattern “Naughty Monkey Kicks at Tree”. This kick to an opponent's kidney region can be a fatal attack.

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Sweep Leaves Search Fruit

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Grandmaster Wong shows how to apply the monkey paw to hook an opponent's leg using the pattern “Sweep Leaves Search Fruit”. Using the technique, Sifu Roland successfully find some fruit.

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Great Sage Looks at Way

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Grandmaster Wong advises Nick to roll away to avoid his fruit being plucked. A more advanced technique is to apply “Great Sage Looks at Way”, followed by “Naughty Monkey Kicks Tree” (not shown in the video).

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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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