APPLYING KICKS, THROWS AND GRIPS IN STRIKING HANDS

Wahnam Taijiquan, Tai Chi Chuan

“Da Shou”, or Striking Hands, is an excellent way to learn techniques for application in various combat situations. It involves not just striking but also all the other three categories of attacks, namely kicking, felling and gripping.

By learning the techniques in this section as shown by the video clips here and in the other webpage on Striking Hands , a Wahnam Taijiquan practitioner has a repertoire of techniques sufficient to deal with any attacks! In other words, his combat techniques are complete.

As a comparison, many other martial arts, like Karate, Taekwondo, Boxing, Kick-Boxing and Wrestling, are not complete. If an opponent locks the arm of a Karateka, or throws a Taekwondo exponent, for example, the Karateka and Taekwondo exponent would have no techniques in his art to counter the attacks. Hence, they have to cross-train.

But this does not mean that after learning all these techniques, a Wahnam Taijiquan practitioner would be unbeatable. He may know how to counter all attacks, but how effectively he does so also depends on other factors, particularly his skills and the skills of his opponents. If his opponents are more skillful, such as faster and more forceful, he will still be defeated by his opponents even though he knows the counters to his opponents' attacks. Hence, developing combat skills is very important in combat training.

The video clips below are a continuation of Practicing Combat Techniques in Striking Hands . Together they provide the material for combat sequence training shown in subsequent video clips.

These video clips were taken at the Guan Yin Temple on the Blue Mountain.


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Thrust Kick

Striking Hands

Grandmaster Wong demonstrates a thrust kick. Spacing is important. Kicks by many students often cannot connect because they are too far from their opponents when executing their kicks.

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Side Kick

Side Kicks

After demonstrating a thrust kick, Grandmaster Wong demonstrates a side-kick, which has a longer range than a thrust kick. You must space yourself so that you are near enough to connect but far enough to be safe.

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Striking Tiger Poise

Fundamentals of Wahnam Taijiquan

Grandmaster Wong demonstrates a technique to avoid a thrust kick. But Sifu Piti executes a side-kick instead, but although it has a longer range, Grandmaster Wong can still avoid it.

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Defence for any Kicks

Striking Hands

Striking Tiger Poise can be used to avoid any kicks. As soon as Sifu Robin drops his leg after his kick, Grandmaster moves in to counter-strike.

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Carry Tiger Back to Mountain

Striking Hands

Grandmaster Wong demonstrates using “Carry Tiger Back to Mountain” to fell a heavy opponent. As usual, laughter is a common feature in Shaolin Wahnam training.

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Break Fall

Striking Hands

One should learn how to employ break-fall to fall safely before learning felling techniques and their counters. The palm should be the last, not the first, to reach the ground.

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Swaying-Lotus Kick

Striking Hands

Grandmaster Wong uses a Swaying-Lotus Kick to counter Sifu Jose Antonio's felling technique. It is important to guard the opponent's hands when executing this kick in such a situation.

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Hanging Fist

Striking Hands

A good counter against any kicks is the hanging fist. Here, as Sifu Robin executes a sweeping kick, Grandmaster Wong moves away and simultaneously strikes the attacking foot with a hanging fist.

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Catch a Snake

Striking Hands

Grandmaster Wong employs “Little Child Catches Snake” to grip Sifu Robin's arm. Take care that you do not expose your groin when applying this technique.

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Cloud Hands

Striking Hands

It is important to be relaxed when an opponent grips your arm. Use a Cloud Hands movement to release the grip and counter-strike with a horn punch, taking care to guard the opponent's hands.

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Spontaneous Attacks and Defences

Striking Hands

After releasing the grip and countering the horn punch, participants continue with their spontaneous attacks and defences.

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