LAYING FOUNDATION BEFORE TRAINING COMBAT

Shaolin Tantui

In our basic training, we pay much importance to footwork and body-movement, which are two aspects often neglected by many other practitioners



By basics, we refer to stances, footwork, body-movement, hand forms as well as entering Zen, generating chi flow and exploding force

Many people say that the basics are very important, but judging from their practice, it is obvious that they only pay lip service to this saying. Some of them may not know what is really meant by the basics.

In our school we pay great importance to the basics —- they form the foundation upon which all our future development depends. By basics, we refer to our stances, footwork, body-movement, hand forms as well as entering Zen, generating chi flow and exploding force.

In all our courses we begin with our basics. In this set of video series, because initially we wished to post video clips to help those attending the UK Summer Camp 2007 Tantui Course, video clips showing Tantui sequences and combat applications were posted first although these video clips actually came after those on the basics at the Toronto and Frankfurt courses from which these video clips were recorded. To place them in their logical time order, this video series and the one following, i.e. Part 16 and Part 17, should be placed right at the beginning.


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tantui Entering Zen and Chi Flow

Entering Zen and Chi Flow are two of the most important lessons in our school, and they are taught right at the beginning of every course. With these two attainments, ur training becomes internal, and all our kungfu practice becomes meditation and chi kung. Amongst other wonderful benefits, they give us mental clarity and internal force.

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tantui The Horse-Riding Stance

Practicing the Horse-Riding Stance is very important in any kungfu training. However, many people only pay lip service to its importance, while many others nowadays think that stances are not important. We in Shaolin Wahnam spent much time practicing the stances, especially the Horse-Riding Stance. Do you know why?

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tantui Juniors and Masters Practicing Stances Together

It is significant to note that participants in this course range from juniors to masters, but all of them practice zhan zhuang or stance training together. This gives an indication of the great importance of the stances.

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tantui Importance of Waist Rotation in Footwork

Besides stances, footwork is also very important. Stances and footwork form the concept of “ma-bo” in Mandrin or “ma-pou” in Cantonese. “Ma” means stances, and “bo” means footwork. Here participants practice moving in the Bow-Arrow Stance with emphasis on rotation of the waist.

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tantui Reducing Big Movements to Small Movements

The uninitiated may criticize that our movements in stances are slow, and question how such slow movement can be effective in combat. What they do not realize is that this is the first part of the training where correctness of form and movement is emphasized. When this is achieved, the speed of the movements will be increased. One significant way is to reduce big movements to small movements as shown by Grandmaster Wong.

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tantui Poor Footwork may Lead to Knee Injuries

Having spent some time on the basics, Grandmaster Wong proceeds to teach the initial movements of Tantui. He shows the class some common mistakes many people make, which often lead to knee injuries. These common mistakes are due to poor footwork and lack of waist rotation.

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tantui Footwork and Body-Movement

Participants practice the Tantui movements pattern by pattern. Grandmaster Wong pays much attention to footwork and body-movement, two aspects many students neglect.

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tantui Picture-Perfect Form

Grandmaster Wong leads the class in going over the patterns of Sequence 1, which is traditionally called “Thrust Punch”. But we prefer to use a more poetic name, “Big Boss Offers Wine”. The objective in this practice session is to attain picture-perfect form. Please note the difference between solo Tantui sequences and Tantui combat sequences. This Sequence 1 is a solo Tantui sequence. The Tantui Combat Sequence 1 is "Second Brother Offers Wine".

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tantui Performing Patterns One at a Time

The class performs Sequence 1 pattern by pattern. Here the focus is on pictue-perfect form. Hence, the patterns are performed one at a time.

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tantui Patterns Performed in Smooth Sequence

Firstly Grandmaster Wong demonstrates the sequence pattern by pattern, with a pause after each pattern. Then he performs the sequence in one smooth slow as if all the patterns in the sequence were just one long, continuous pattern.

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Laying Foundation Before Training Combat in Shaolin Tantui from Wong Kiew Kit on Vimeo.

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Review of Shaolin Tantui
12 Sequences of Tantui
Tantui in Picture Series
Combat Application of Tantui
Kungfu Sets
Treasure House of Kungfu Sets
Treasure House of Combat Application

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