Grandmaster Wong locks Padraig's hand and leg as he kicks, then kicks Padraig instead.

The tactics and techniques against a Boxer can be used against a Kick-Boxer too, except that we need to take care of their kicks. Hence, when the course participants worked out ways to fight a Kick-Boxer, as shown in the first four video clips below, they did not have much difficulty.

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Nevertheless, if we wish to be more combat effective, handling a Kick-Boxer requires special treatment because the way a Kick-Boxer fights is quite different from that of a Boxer. A Kick-Boxer is more like a Muay-Thai fighter, though he is usually less aggressive and also less tricky, and uses elbow and knee techniques less frequently.

Grandmaster Wong shows some of his favorite tactics and techniques against kicks which he said were very useful in his young days when he frequently sparred with Taekwondo exponents and Muay Thai fighters. (Kick-Boxing was unknown then.) As usual, the guiding principle is to avoid an opponent's strong points and strike at his weaknesses.

Grandmaster Wong shares an important secret. When fighting a kicking opponent, many people move back. This is a big mistake as it gives the opponent his advantage and momentum. This is the way he would like to fight in.

When fighting an opponent who uses kicks frequently, you should move in rather than move back. This will force him to fight in a way disadvantageous to him. When you are close at him, it is difficult and disadvantageous for him to kick, and it is relatively easy for you to strike him, as those who concentrate on kicks are generally poor in hand defence. You should then exploit the advantage and clinch victory.

Of course, you must move in at the right time, and you must guard against his attacks when moving in. An excellent time to move in is when he has just completed his kicks and is about to place his kicking leg on the ground.

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“Shaolin Striking the Kicking Leg

Grandmaster Wong shows a simple and effective way of dealing with a typical frontal attack of a Kick-Boxer posed by Padraig. As he kicks, you shift your body back to avoid the kick and simultaneously strike his kicking leg with a leopard fist, followed immediately with repeated strikes on the opponent's body. If he bounces back, you move forward swiftly to close the distance, taking care to guard his hands while attacking.
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“Shaolin Strike the Form, Chase the Shadow

You can use the same tactic if the opponent kicks your sides, like his using a round-house or a sweeping kick, but you may change your leopard fist to a palm chop which has better control over a sweeping kick. This tactic is called “if there is form, strike the form; if there is no form, chase the shadow”.
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“Shaolin Intercepting and Striking

If the opponent is too close, when he applies a round-house kick or a sweeping kick, don't move back but intercept his kick, followed immediately with a strike to his solar plexus. It should be intercepting, and not blocking.
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“Shaolin Floating an Opponent's Kick

If the opponent's round-house or sweeping kick is high, you can “float” his leg. Remember it is not a block. You can then grip his front hand and attack him with your leg.
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“Shaolin White Monkey Catches Pig

After floating his attacking leg and gripping his front hand, you may then fell your opponent and follow up with decisive strikes while he is on the ground. This chin-na technique of immobilizing an opponent's hand and leg is called “White Monkey Catches Pig”.
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“Shaolin Strike and Chase

Different stances are used to match the depth of an opponent's kick. Normally we retreat to a False-Leg Step and simultaneously strike the kicking leg. But if the kick is close (to ourselves) we retreat to a Cat Step. If it is very close, we retreat to a Unicorn Step. Immediately we use “choui pou” or “Chase Steps” to close into the opponent and strike him further.
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“Shaolin Yun Than Tames Tiger

Grandmaster Demonstrates the counter patterns, which are “Yun Thian Tames Tiger” to deflect the sweeping kick, and “Golden Leopard Speeds through Jungle” to strike the opponent. (Yun Thian is a martial god of wealth.)
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“Shaolin Planting Willow in Front of Camp

Grandmaster Wong demonstrates how to float an opponent's sweeping kick and immobilize him. The pattern used is “Planting Willow in Front of Camp” which may look innocent to the uninitiated.
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“Shaolin Avoid and Chase

And effective tactic against kicking attacks is “avoid and chase”. As an opponent kicks, you avoid his kick by leaning your body backward. If he moves in with another kick, you also move back a small step. As soon as he lowers his leg after his kick, you chase forward to strike him. You may also fell him onto the ground, then follow with a decisive strike.
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“Shaolin Strike and Strike

Another effective tactic against kicks is “strike and strike”. As an opponent kicks, you avoid the kick and simultaneously strike his kicking leg. As he lower his leg, you move in with another strike.
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Effective Shaolin Tactics and Techniques against Kick-Boxing from Wong Kiew Kit on Vimeo.

Fundamental Shaolin Kungfu Training Programme of Shaolin Wahnam

1. Stances: the Foundation for Internal Force and Combat Efficiency
2. Footwork Secrets for Health, Efficiency and Elegance
3. Moving into a Same Direction using Different Ways to Gain Advantages
4. Picture-Perfect Forms and Flowing Movements
5. From Random Fighting to Patterns, and from Patterns to Sequences and Sets

6. One-Step Sparring to Develop Combat Skills
7. From Pre-Arranged Sparring to Guided Sparring
8. Using Techniques and Tactics in Sparring

9. The Five Basic Kicks
10. The Secrets of Side Kicks and Continuous Cannons
11. How You may Defeat Opponents Experienced in Random Free Sparring
12. How Would a Fragile Girl Counter a Powerful Sweeping Kick from a Muay Thai Fighter?

13. Shaolin Felling Techniques and their Defences
14. Safety First Before Executing Felling Techniques

15. From Combat Sequences to Free Sparring
16. Sixteen Combat Sequences and Five Kungfu Sets
17. Surprise your Attacker with a Counter-Attack

18. Working out Ways to Fight a Boxer
19. Effective Tactics and Techniques against Boxers
20. From Gross Outline to Fine Details
21. Exploiting Advantage to Clinch Victory
22. Variety of Kungfu Techniques against Boxers
23. Analysis of Techniques Used against Boxers
24. Using Shaolin Kunfu against Boxing in Free Sparring

25. Effective Shaolin Tactics and Techniques against Kick-Boxing
26. Shaolin Kungfu against Kick-Boxing in Free Sparring

27. How to Handle a Karate Exponent
28. How to Handle a Taekwondo Exponent
29. How to Handle a Wrestling Exponent

30. Understanding the Typical Attacks of Muay Thai Fighters
31. Grandmaster Ho's Secrets in Countering Muay Thai Fighters
32. First Avoid Defeat, Then Secure Victory
33. Counteroing the Elbow and Knee Attacks of Muay Thai Fighters


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