ENSURING OWN SAFETY WHEN FELLING OPPONENTS

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In Shaolin Kungfu you can comfortably throw a bigger and stronger opponent, as Daniel does here to George

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”. Throwing is only one of these felling techniques.

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. Hence, many throws and other felling techniques found in marital sports like Judo and Wrestling, where the exponent is often exposed to counter-strikes while felling an opponent, are considered untenable in Shaolin Kungfu.

A Shaolin practitioner, for example, would not grip an opponent's collar with his two hands to attempt a throw. This would offer the opponent a good opportunity to strike his eyes or groin.

After felling an opponent onto the ground, you must also ensure that your opponent has little or no opportunity to strike your vital spots. This is another aspect that exponents of martial sports may not pay much attention to because they are protected by safety rules.

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Tiger-Claw and Wrestling Counter

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Chris and Nick Kryder work out how to apply the Tiger-Claw to overcome a difficult combat situation while Dr Damian looks on. Sifu Roland pins Nick Jones on the ground, but Nick manages to free himself and pins down Sifu Roland instead.

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Releasing Grip, Knee Strikes and Throwing

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On the right side Adam practices releasing his arm from being held by Peter using Dragon movements. In the centre Chrales suggests using a knee strike to counter an opponent gripping your neck. Nick and Sifu Roland act on Charles' suggestion. On the left, Grandmaster Wong demonstrates how to throw a heavy, big-sized opponent.

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Avoiding Kick and Executing Throws

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Daniel, who is much smaller in size, throws George onto the ground, and follows up with a coup de grace. Eugene avoid Steve's whirlwind kick using body-movement, while Andy looks on. In the background, Grandmaster Wong demonstrates how to release a grip on his arm and then throws the opponent backward onto the ground.

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Instant Change of Technique to Fell Opponent

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This is a closer look on Grandmaster Wong's demonstration on felling an opponent. Grandmaster Wong could fell Sifu Innes with a horizontal sweep using the pattern “Horizontally Sweep a Thousand Army”. But if Sifu Innes moves away to neutralize the felling technique, Grandmaster Wong changes to felling with with an elbow, using the pattern “Fierce Tiger Crouches on Ground”.

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Fell Opponent with Hungry Tiger

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Sifu Eugene applies the pattern “Hungry Tiger Catches Goat” to fell Sifu Innes, and follows up with a Tiger-Claw attack on the opponent's throat. This felling technique is similar to the one implemented by the pattern “Fell Tree with Roots”.

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Hungry Tiger against Hungry Tiger

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Sifu Eugene fells Sifu Innes using the pattern “Hungry Tiger Catches Goat”. Grandmaster Wong asks Sifu Innes whether he has a counter for this attack. Sifu Innes uses the same pattern, “Hungry Tiger Catches Goat” to counter Sifu Eugene's felling attack. The crucial point here is good stance.

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Felling Opponent after Avoiding Two Leg Attacks

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Steve attacks Andy with a whirlwind kick. Andy avoids the kick using body-movement. Steve attempts to step onto Andy's front knee. Andy avoid the stepping attack, and as soon as Steve's leg reaches the ground, he fells Steve with the pattern “Fell Tree with Root” (left mode). Grandmaster Wong advises that Andy could also use a Unicorn Step.

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How to Think and Act as a Master

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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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