FROM THE LEVEL OF TECHNIQUES TO THE LEVELS OF TACTICS AND STRATEGIES

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When an Opponent thinks he has Subdued you, with a Simple Turn your Reverse the Situation

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.

Of course you need to plan many moves ahead of your opponent. The planning is usually done not during combat but before combat begins, and you have practiced your planned moves many times until you are very skillful at them. This brings kungfu combat from the level of techniques to the levels of tactics and strategies.

Two secret tactics are revealed here, “lead hand” and “false-false, real-real”. When you apply “leak hand” you may defeat your opponent often without him realizing what has happened. When you apply “false-false, real-real”, your opponent may not know which attacks are false and which are 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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Tiger-Tail Hand and Tiger-Claw

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If your arm is being gripped, you can release the grip and counter-strike, often with the opponent not realizing the counter-attack, using “Leak Hand Tiger Tail”. Make sure that you close your opponent well as you move in to attack. If you are so attacked, you can reverse the situation using “Single Tiger Emerges from Cave”.

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Simple Movement Profound Application

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The movement of “Leak Hand Cannon Punch” is simple but its application profound. Notice that Grandmaster Wong and Steve counter each other using “Leak Hand Cannon Punch”. Good footwork is very important. Notice also how Grandmaster Wong intercepts Steve's cannon punch, making it impossible for Steve to attack.

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Combat in Kungfu is like Playing Chess

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Combat in kungfu is like playing chess. When your opponent makes a good move, you counter him with a better move. Sometimes you make a few moves in advance. At other times you prevent your opponent from making his planned moves. Here Grandmaster Wong prevents Steve from apply “Single Tiger Emerges from Cave”, which can close an opponent's two hands and simultaneously attack him.

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Leak in to Attack despite Good Counter

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Here is another beautiful move in kungfu, like in chess. Grandmaster Wong intends to move in to strike Steve with “Leak Hand Tiger Tail”. Steve attempts to cover Grandmaster Wong's Tiger-Tail Hand and strike Grandmaster Wong. But Grandmaster “leaks” in and strike Steve with “Leak Hand Tiger Tail” as planned, despite Steve's otherwise good counter.

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The Yin Side and the Yang Side

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Grandmaster Wong illustrates a subtle difference in circulating his hand to release a wrist grip. In the first move, his hand is at the “yin” side of, or “inside”, the opponent's hand. So when he strikes the opponent, he has to guard the opponent's hand to prevent him from counter-striking. In the second move, Grandmaster Wong's hand is at the “yang” side of, or “outside”, the opponent's hand. The movement of his strike itself prevents the opponent from counter-striking.

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Principle of False False, Real Real

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After “Leak Hand Cannon Punch”, Steve and Eugene continues with the other patterns of their specialize Dragon-Tiger Set, namely “Golden Dragon Plays with Water”, “Precious Duck Swims through Lotus” and “Double Dragons Compete for Pearl”. Grandmaster Wong reveals the secret of the Double Dragons which involve the principle of “false false, real real”.

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The Secret Continues

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The secret continues. Grandmaster Wong attacks with Dragon-Fingers to the eyes. When an opponent defend against this attack, he continues with a second Dragon-Fingers attack to the eyes. Then he continues with a grip at the opponent's groin. Any of these attacks can be real or false.

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Countering Fui Sing with another Fui Sing

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After the deadly “Double Dragons Compete for Pearl” is the pattern “Fui Sing Kicks Bushel”, which is similar to “White Crane Flaps Wings”. Fui Sing is the god of scholarship. Grandmaster Wong asks Steve and Eugene to demonstrate a combat application of the Fui Sing pattern. Eugene attacks with a Fui Sing kick, and Steve responds also with the Fui Seng pattern.

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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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