COUNTERS AGAINST KICKS AND THROWS

Shaolin Kung Fu Combat Application

As Sifu Wong Chun Nga executes a whirlwind kick using the pattern "Naughty Monkey Kicks at Tree", Grandmaster Wong shifts back to counter with a hanging fist using the pattern "Heavenly Priest Stamps Insignia".


Shaolin Kungfu is rich in kicks and throws though many martial artists may not realize it. However, unlike Taekwondo kicks, Shaolin kicks are purposely inconspicuous. Also unlike kicks in Taekwondo, a Shaolin practitioner usually plans some preliminary movements to prepare for his kicking attacks.

When throwing an opponent, it is important to cover him to ensure it is difficult if not impossible for him to strike during the throw. It is also important to cover the opponent after he has been thrown onto the ground to prevent him for a surprised attack. As throws are normally not combat-ending by themselves, it is necessary to follow up with a decisive strike to put the opponent out of action. Some throws, however, are combat-ending.

Besides showing kicks and throws and their relevant counters, this video series also introduces some methods where you can employ combat sequences in such a way that your sparring partner may not know what patterns you use in your attacks even though he knows the combat sequences. This can be accomplished by using the addition, subtraction and modification.


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“Shaolin Pressing an Opponent with Planned Sequences

Grandmaster Wong demonstrates how we can press an opponent using just two sequences with appropriate modifications when necessary. He uses Sequence 1 and Sequence 3 on Sifu Wong Chun Nga. Sifu Wong Chun Nga is well trained and thus is able to respond to Grandmaster Wong attacks. When he attempts to force back with kicks, Grandmaster Wong counters the kicks and continue with his planned attacks.
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“Shaolin Using just One Sequence to Handle an Opponent

Grandmaster Wong demonstrates how you can use just one sequence to handle an opponent. Here Grandmaster Wong uses Sequence 3. When an opponent, posed here by Sifu Wong Chun Nga, uses attacks outside the sequence, Grandmaster Wong modifies accordingly. Does this work if the opponent uses non-kungfu teachniques. Yes, if you can modify accordingly.
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“Shaolin Thrust Kick and Whirlwind Kick

Grandmaster Wong attacks Sifu Wong Chun Nga randomly using techniques from the three combat sequences and adding thrust kicks and whirlwind kicks wherever appropriate. Sifu Wong Chun Nga responds accordingly and counter the kicks with the pattern “Heavenly Priest Stamps Insignia”. All the movements here are impromptu.
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“Shaolin Applying Combat Sequences in Free Sparring

Course participants apply the three combat sequences they have just learnt in free sparring. As they are only beginners, it is understandable that their forms and movements are not fluent, but it is inspiring that they can use kungfu patterns in free sparring.
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“Shaolin Sex and Size are Not Crucial Factors

The participants here are beginners, yet the differences in sex and size are not crucial. This is because the participants use internal force instead of muscular strength. In our school, internal force is taught right at the beginning. Hence, even beginners are able to employ it in their sparring. They also have a lot of fun, which is another common aspect in Shaolin Wahnam training.
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“Shaolin Felling an Opponent

Grandmaster Wong demonstrates how to fell an opponent using the Shaolin pattern “Fell Tree with Roots”. This sequence is performed slowly so that students can observe the movements clearly.
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“Shaolin Repeated with Speed

The same sequence is now repeated with some speed. It is important that the responder knows how to break-fall safely so as not to hurt each other in practice. The attacker should cover the opponent so that it is difficult for the latter to counter.
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“Shaolin Counter against Felling Technique

Grandmaster Wong demonstrates using the Shaolin Pattern “Naughty Monkey Kicks at Tree” to counter a felling technique executed by Sifu Wong Chun Nga. Grandmaster Wong explains that it is not advisable to hold an opponent's hands while kicking him. Do you know why?
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“Shaolin Naughty Monkey Kicks at Tree

Grandmaster Wong demonstrates the pattern “Naughty Monkey Kicks at Tree” from another angle. Timing and footwork are important in executing the technique effectively. In your sparring practice, make sure that you would not hurt your opponent with the kick.
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“Shaolin Counter against a Whirlwind Kick

As Sifu Wong Chun Nga executes a whirlwind kick at Grandmaster Wong, Grandmaster Wong counters with the Shaolin pattern “Heavenly Priest Stamps Insignia”. This pattern can be used to counter almost any kicks! It is important to follow the opponent's momentum while moving away.
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“Shaolin Solo Practice of Sequence 6

Grandmaster Wong leads the class to practice the initiator's part of Sequence 7 in solo. Because they do not practice their combat application, many kungfu practitioners would wonder what the patterns are for. They would probably be surprised that one of the patterns is a felling technique.
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“Shaolin The Responder's Part in Solo Practice

Now the responder's part is practiced in solo. Amongst other benefits, solo practice helps you to acquire picture-perfect form, which is important in sparring as in this way it gives the best technical advantages for the relevant combat situation.
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From Combat Sequences to Free Sparring

  1. Training Combat Sequences to Prepare for Free Sparring
  2. Counters against Kicks and Throws
  3. Systematic and Gradual Progression to Free Sparring
  4. Some Formidable Attacks and their Beautiful Counters
  5. Gentle and Elegant, yet Forceful and Combat Effective

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