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When you opponent thinks that he has broken your ribs, he finds your snake palm thrusting into his throat!

When Grandmaster Wong first founded the Shaolin Wahnam Association in Sungai Petani, Malaysia more than 20 years ago, two lines of a poetic couplet were written alongside our Shaolin Wahnam logo. These two lines, possibly introduced by the Venerable Harng Yein, the Second Patriarch after the Venerable Chee Seen in Uncle Righteousness lineage, are as follows:

The video clips below show an example of a marvelous technique.

First there is a prosaic technique. But if you practice this prosaic technique very well and execute it with wondrous skills, it may become a marvelous technique.

The procedure is simple. When an opponent attacks you with a middle-level strike, which is a very common form of attack, you deflect it with a Single Tiger, tame his hand and leg, and strike him with a Dark Dragon.

When it becomes a marvelous technique executed with your wondrous skills, you break your opponent's ribs as soon as he attacks!

The counter again this marvelous technique is even more marvelous. When an opponent applies this technique on you, he may find your snake palm thrusting into his throat at a time when he thinks he has broken your ribs.

Find out more from the video clips and their accompanying explanations below. You will also find the secret of exploding internal force.

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Breaking an Opponent's Ribs as Soon as he Attacks

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An effective counter against a middle punch is a palm strike at the opponent's ribs at the time when he has just completed his punch. If you practice this technique 50 times daily for six months, you may break the ribs of most attackers as soon as they attack you. The name of the pattern is called “Dark Dragon Draws Water”. As shown in the video, it appears the opponent has no way to escape.

Closing an Opponent with Little Change of Escape

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A common mistake some students make is to push the opponent away instead of closing him. Pushing him away will make it more difficult to strike him. As the strike is close-range, it is preferable to use internal force.

Exploding Internal Force from Dan Tian

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The stance must be firm. Rotate the waist and let internal force spiral out from the dan tian through the arm to the palm to be exploded out. Of course you must have internal force in your dan tian to start with.

Marvelous Techniques Beget Marvelous Techniques

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As the opponent attacks, rotate your waist to deflect, not block, the attack, and simultaneously thrust a reverse palm strike to the opponent's throat. This is a beautiful counter against a beautiful attack, striking an opponent at a time precisely when he thinks he has made a hit. It manifest the Shaolin poetic saying that “Marvelous techniques beget marvelous techniques”.

Deflecting by Waist Rotation

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The marvelous technique is shown again. The onus is not to block, but just rotate the waist with the hands in the right position. The rotation of the waist will deflect the attack, without having to move the hands. The left hand is then thrust up at the opponent's throat. Remembering to adjust your foot position of your back leg.

Profundity in Simplicity

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Grandmaster Wong leads the class in performing the marvelous technique. By itself, the technique is simple, and even looks prosaic. But its application is marvelous. It is an example of profundity in simplicity, which is characteristic of genuine Shaolin Kungfu.

Sail Along with the Attack

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How would you defend against the marvelous counter? An example is shown here. As the opponent thrusts the reverse palm strike at your throat, sail along with it using his momentum, then thread it away and counter-attack with a Precious Duck. If the opponent counter-strikes with a hand sweep, gently move your arm away to avoid the strike.

Sounding East Attacking West

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Notice that you float the opponent's thrusting attack following his momentum. It is not necessary to push it away vehemently. Threading the opponent's upward and counter-attacking him below, as shown here, is applying the tactic of “Sounding East attacking West”.

Mastery requires Correct and Smart Practice

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Participants practice the sequence just taught. Learning takes only 5% of the time, practicing requires 95%. The onus of mastery is practice, not learning. But one must practice correctly and smartly. Wrong practice brings harmful side-effects. Unintelligent practice wastes much time..

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Review of the Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course in Sabah in March 2007

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  1. The Basics of Shaolin Kungfu Training
  2. Fundamental Combat Skills
  3. Defeat you Hand to your Opponent, Victory you Create Yourself
  4. Avoiding Disadvantages and Seeking Advantages
  5. Basic Principles and Tactics of Combat
  6. Skills derived from Sparring can be Rewardingly used in Daily Life
  7. Some Secrets in Practicing Genuine Kungfu
  8. Various Ways to Move into an Opponent

  9. Applying Combat Sequences in Sparring
  10. Linking Sequences to be More Combat Efficient
  11. The Secrets of Continuous Cannons
  12. The Mechanics of Continuation
  13. Marvelous Techniques Beget Marvelous Techniques
  14. Perfecting Forms and Developing Force
  15. Applying Tactics in Combat
  16. Objectives of Form Training in Solo

  17. Being Fluent in Kicking Techniques before Applying them in Combat
  18. Using Tactics in Kicking Attacks and Defences
  19. Different Levels of Sophistication in Sparring and Fighting
  20. The Legacy of Uncle Righteousness: Secret of Continuous Cannons and their Counters
  21. Benefiting from the Experiences and Teachings of Past Masters

  22. Poetic Patterns Can be Very Deadly
  23. Moving Back One Step when in Diffiuclt Situations
  24. Linking Sequences to Form a Kungfu Set
  25. Felling Techniques in Kungfu are Different from Judo and Wrestling
  26. Butterfly Palms and Hiding Flowers are Excellent in Countering Felling and Gripping Attacks
  27. Let Mercy Flow from the Hands

  28. Benefits of Solo Set Practice — Combat Sequences 13 to 16
  29. From Pre-Choice Sequences to Free Sparring
  30. Applying Shaolin Patterns Correctly and Spontaneously in Free Sparring
  31. Shaolin Kungfu against Boxing and Kick-Boxing
  32. Shaolin Counters against Wrestling Shoots
  33. The Secret of Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam
  34. Why Shaolin Kungfu is Technically Faster than Boxing
  35. Shaolin Techniques, Tactics and Strategies against Boxing
  36. Revealing Secrets of Past Taijiquan Masters
  37. Overwhelming Opponents with Just One Pattern
  38. Poetry and Elegance in Effective Combat

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