MANIFESTING THE INNER ESSENCE OF YOUR FORM

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Sifu Roland performs the form and expresses the spirit of the Monkey

What makes a master's performance stand out? There are many factors, but an important one is the spirit of the form. Students merely perform the form without the spirit, but a master manifests it.

In other words, when students perform some Dragon patterns, they only show their outward forms. But when a master performs the same Dragon patterns, the spirit of the Dragon is perceptible.

Different types of form manifest different types of spirit. For example, the spirit of the Dragon, which is majestic and flowing, is different from that of the Monkey, which is playful and agile.

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Fast, Graceful and Powerful

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Adam Kryder links the combat sequences he has devised into a set. His movements are fast, graceful and powerful, which are the characteristics of a Dragon. Grandmaster Wong provides some advice.

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Solid and Agile at the Same Time

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Grandmaster Wong helps Adam to further enhance his performance. He purposely exaggerates Adam's weakness so that Adam can see it more clearly. Notice that Grandmaster Wong's movements are solid and agile at the same time.

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Transmission from Heart to Heart

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Acting on the fine points explained by Grandmaster Wong, Adam improves his performance noticeably. Such fine points need to be transmitted from heart to heart, not conveyed through mere instruction.

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Graceful Flow of Dragon Patterns

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Adam and Peter apply their combat sequences for sparring. Notice the graceful flow of their Dragon patterns. Grandmaster Wong advises Peter to manifest force in his palm as he chops at Adam's attack.

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Fluid and Powerful

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Sifu Roland performs his Monkey patterns. His movements are fluid and powerful. The power comes from his internal force, an important aspect of the Monkey Style which many people may not know.

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The Spirit of the Monkey

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Even when Sifu Roland's performance is already good, still Grandmaster Wong can offer advice to improve the performance further. Here, you can clearly see the spirit of the Monkey, particularly manifested in agility and cheerfulness.

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The Monkey and the Gorilla

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Grandmaster Wong jokingly refers to Sifu Roland's movements as those of a Gorilla, instead of a Monkey. Grandmaster Wong then demonstrates what Monkey movements are like. As it is typical in Shaolin Wahnam, Sifu Roland learns very fast. It is amazing what can be achieved in just a short session.

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