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Even if you know the counter against this formidable chin-na attack called "White Ape Ascends Tree", you may not be able to apply it successfully unless you "follow the opponent's momentum".

Many secrets were revealed at the Special Chin-Na Course, one of which was “Following the Opponent's Momentum”, which is “soon khai sai” (Cantonese) or “shun qi shi” (Mandarin) in Chinese.

This principle is significant in other dimensions of kungfu too, but especially important in chin-na in both attacks and counters. Indeed, by applying this principle, course participants on their own were able to work out counters to some very formidable chin-na attacks.

For example, how would you counter a chin-na technique like “White Ape Ascends Tree”, where your one leg is held in an awkward position with your ankle or knee about to be dislocated, and your other leg stepped on with your other knee about being crashed? The video clips show some effective counters, but without applying the principle of “following the opponent's momentum”, which is shown in the videos but too fine to be noticeable by uninitiated observers, the gross counter movements may not be possible.

You can read first-hand accounts of the Special Chin-Na Course by Zhang Wuji from his posts in the Shaolin Wahnam Discussion Forum by clicking here .

Please click on the pictures or their captions to view the videos.

Please note: you can download the video clips onto your own computer and view them at your leisure. Enter the webpage (not this one) where the selected video clip can be downloaded. Place your computer pointer at the picture or one of the links, and right click. Choose “Save Target As”. Select the directory or sub-directory where you wish to keep the video clip. Click “Save”.

Following the Opponent's Momentum

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Hidding Tiger's Tail Hiding Tiger's Tail Two Counters
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White Ape Ascends Tree Scissors-Legs Two Dragons Tame Serpent
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Immortal Tames Tiger Lohan Tames Tiger Double Rolling Thunders

We would like to express our thanks to Dr Damian, Dr Roseline and Bernadette from Shaolin Wahnam Sabah for making these videos, and Godfery Kissey of Ogingo Videography, Penampang, Sabah, Malaysia (telephone number: 60-88-731788, e-mail for providing the video equipment.

Please click the picture or caption below to view the video

Following the Opponent's Momentum in Chin-Na Attacks and Counters from Wong Kiew Kit on Vimeo.


Glimpses of Special Chin-Na Course

Click here for an Overview of the entire course

  1. Importance of Mind Training and Force Development
  2. Applying Strategies and Tactics in Effecting Chin-Na Techniques
  3. More Sophisticated Chin-Na Techniques
  4. Following the Opponent's Momentum in Chin-Na Attacks and Counters
  5. How to Subdue an Opponent with Chin-Na even when he Knows the Counter
  6. Chin-Na Techniques for Dislocating Wrists
  7. Some Examples of Chin-Na Combat Sequences
  8. Marvelous Techniques Beget Marvelous Techniques
  9. Three Points of Time to Counter Chin-Na Attacks
  10. Countering Sophisticated Chin-Na Techniques
  1. Successful Application of Chin-Na Attacks and Three Points of Counters
  2. Good Timing and Good Spacing
  3. Close-Body Fighting and Rapid Punches
  4. Listening to Winds and Catching Goats

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