BEWARE OF MONKEY TRICKS

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Beware! A Monkey stylist may trick you to let your peaches be plucked.

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.

Sometimes a Monkey stylist may purposely let you grip him. Then he releases the grip and counter-strikes when you think you have him under control. Or he may give you a false opening. As you attack, thinking you have a good advantage, he manipulates your anticipated move to defeat you.

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

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Avoiding a Chop on your Arm

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Having examined various counters to the throat-grip presuming that the grip is successfully applied, Charles and Sifu Roland continue with their planned combat sequence. If you execute a low punch and your opponent chops at your attacking hand, you must move it away, followed with whatever counter you find suitable.

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Development from Basic Combat Sequences

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It is illuminating to note how this special combat sequence is developed from our basic combat sequences. For example, instead of using a Precious Duck, Charles uses a phoenix-eye fist. And instead of moving in a linear fashion, he moves to a side or behind his opponent.

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Monkeys are good at Plucking Peaches

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Beware of the Monkey! He is very good at plucking peaches. But before this peach plucking, Grandmaster Wong advices Charles to use more force, but not brutal strength, in his strikes. To avoid his peaches being plucked, Sifu Roland rolls away agilely.

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Some Impromptu Monkey Tricks

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Charles and Sifu Roland go over their combat sequence. Charles decides to have some variations. Instead of threading away Sifu Roland's grip at his throat before it reaches its target, Charles allows the grip as a trap, then turns around with a Monkey Kick (similar to a Tiger-Tail Kick) using the pattern “Naughty Monkey Charges at Sand”. Sifu Roland reacts spontaneously and pulls Charles forward. Charles follows the pulling momentum and strikes at Sifu Roland's head. Sifu Roland deflects the strike and could have continued with another deadly Monkey trick, but he lets it go. Do you know what this deadly Monkey trick is? These movements are impromptu and the spectators are obviously amused by their Monkey tricks.

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Right Spacing for Better Advantages

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Charles and Sifu Roland resume their planned combat sequence. Grandmaster Wong interrupts to show a finer point in spacing. Instead of using a False-Leg Stance for the attack, Grandmaster Wong recommends a sideway Bow-Arrow Stance. What advantages can you see in the change of stances in this attack?

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Another Monkey Trick

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Here Grandmaster Wong explains the advantages of using the sideway Bow-Arrow Stance instead of the False Leg Stance. Using the False Leg Stance for this situation is clumsy, and it exposes Charles to counter-attacks. Notice that in the improved stance, Grandmaster Wong covers Sifu Roland's elbow, thus preventing possible counter-strikes. The sideway Bow-Arrow Stance better enables the practitioner to explode internal force. More importantly, though less obviously, it is another Monkey trick, creating a trap for the opponent to kick.

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Reversing Disadvantageous Situations to Clinch Victory

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You should “tame” an opponent's hand with your palm, not with your fingers. This not only gives you better control but also better sensitivity to interpret his movements and intention. Sifu Roland removes the “taming hand” to counter with a “hanging fist”, using effective footwork that puts the opponent at a disadvantage. Yet, this advantageous position for Sifu Roland provides a good opportunity for Charles to revert the situation. In high level combat, it is often situations like this that enable a master, who is initially in a disadvantageous position, to reverse the situation to clinch victory. Do you know how?

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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
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