EFFECTIVE COUNTERS AGAINST KICKS, GRIPS AND KNEE JABS

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Grandmaster Wong demonstrates a deadly counter using a kick against an opponent executing a side-kick

For many people, kicks are quite formidable. They are at a loss as what to do when opponents kick them. This video series shows a variety of counters against kicks, some of which are quite deadly. If you have practiced these counters well, as soon an opponent executes a kick, you can readily defeat him.

There are also deadly techniques to grip an opponent's head, especially if he attempts to take you down with a shoot. You would also learn how to counter if an opponent grips your head or throw knee jabs at you.

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Spiritual Dragon Rises to the Sky

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Dr Damian asks about the pattern “Spiritual Dragon Rises to Sky” from the Five-Animal Set. Grandmaster Wong says that he will retell a story about Grandmaster Ho concerning this pattern. Many members of our Shaolin Wahnam Family would have heard about this story of Grandmaster Ho using this pattern to throw a three-time international Muay Thai champion out of the door when he came for a challenge.

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Contrast with Dark Dragon Draws Water

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Grandmaster Wong contrasts this pattern “Spiritual Dragon Rises to Sky” with another pattern “Dark Dragon Draws Water”. If we use this “Rising Dragon” pattern against an opponent throwing a punch, we must be careful of his Horse-Back-Kick.

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Bail Moon from Sea Bottom

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We may also use this “Spiritual Dragon Rises to Sky” against a kick, in which case the risk of an opponent countering with a Horse-Back-Kick is minimal. But Grandmaster Wong suggests that we could use “Bail Moon from Sea Bottom” instead.

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Many Counters against Side Kicks

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There are many effective counters against the side-kick. At random Grandmaster Wong demonstrates four counters, “Lohan Strikes Drum”, “Bail Moon from Sea Bottom”, “Little Bird Shows Toes” and “Golden Leopard Speeds through Jungle”. Then, in what combat situation is “Spiritual Dragon Rises to Sky” most suitable?

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Golden Cockerel Stands Solitarily

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What combat functions do the elbows serve in the pattern “Golden Cockerel Stands Solitarily” as performed in the Five-Animal Set? Grandmaster Wong provides an example. After executing a kick, an opponent jumps in to grab your neck and throws knee jabs at you, as many Muay Thai fighters do. “Golden Cockerel” with the elbows extended will be a good counter.

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Dragon Manifests Marvelous Majesty

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What are the combat functions of the pattern “Dragon Manifests Marvelous Majesty”? Dr Damian suggests that it is used to dislocate an opponent's head. Grandmaster Wong says that pattern would be “Double Dragons Play with Pearl”.

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Deadly Counter against Shoots

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“Double Dragon Plays with Pearl” is a deadly counter against an opponent attempting a “shoot”. First stop him with the pattern “Dark Phoenix Exhibits Tail”. Then dislocate his head with Double Dragons.

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Taming Tiger with Beads is a Better Choice

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Nick suggests that the pattern “Dragon Manifests Marvelous Majesty” can be used to counter an opponent gripping your neck or your arm. Grandmaster Wong points out some weaknesses of this counter. In such situations, “Taming Tiger with String of Beads” would be a better choice.

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Felling an Opponent with Slanting Arm

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Sifu Anthony suggests using this “Dragon Manifests Marvelous Majesty” to fell an opponent. As he attacks with a punch, grip his attacking hand, pull it backward and fell him with slanting arm.

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Felling an Opponent when he Kicks

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Dr Damian suggests that you can also fell an opponent with this “Dragon Manifests Marvelous Majesty” pattern when he executes a side kick. Brush aside his kicking leg, and fell him with a slanting arm. There are, however, other situations when applying this pattern is excellent.

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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
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  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
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  2. Good Spacing When Executing Kicks
  3. A Variety of Taekwondo Kicks
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  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
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  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
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  2. Effective Ways to Counter Sweeping Kicks
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  4. Crouching Tiger against Grab Neck Elbow Strike
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