MARVELOUS TECHNIQUES BEGET MARVELOUS TECHNIQUES
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:
- Marvelous Techniques Beget Marvelous Techniques
- Wondrous Skills Generate Wondrous Skills
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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..
Review of the Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course in Sabah in March 2007
- Overview 1 : The Fundamentals
- Overview 2 : The 16 Combat Sequences
- Overview 3 : Are They Performing Kungfu Dance?
- The Basics of Shaolin Kungfu Training
- Fundamental Combat Skills
- Defeat you Hand to your Opponent, Victory you Create Yourself
- Avoiding Disadvantages and Seeking Advantages
- Basic Principles and Tactics of Combat
- Skills derived from Sparring can be Rewardingly used in Daily Life
- Some Secrets in Practicing Genuine Kungfu
Various Ways to Move into an Opponent
- Applying Combat Sequences in Sparring
- Linking Sequences to be More Combat Efficient
- The Secrets of Continuous Cannons
- The Mechanics of Continuation
- Marvelous Techniques Beget Marvelous Techniques
- Perfecting Forms and Developing Force
- Applying Tactics in Combat
Objectives of Form Training in Solo
- Being Fluent in Kicking Techniques before Applying them in Combat
- Using Tactics in Kicking Attacks and Defences
- Different Levels of Sophistication in Sparring and Fighting
- The Legacy of Uncle Righteousness: Secret of Continuous Cannons and their Counters
Benefiting from the Experiences and Teachings of Past Masters
- Poetic Patterns Can be Very Deadly
- Moving Back One Step when in Diffiuclt Situations
- Linking Sequences to Form a Kungfu Set
- Felling Techniques in Kungfu are Different from Judo and Wrestling
- Butterfly Palms and Hiding Flowers are Excellent in Countering Felling and Gripping Attacks
Let Mercy Flow from the Hands
- Benefits of Solo Set Practice — Combat Sequences 13 to 16
- From Pre-Choice Sequences to Free Sparring
- Applying Shaolin Patterns Correctly and Spontaneously in Free Sparring
- Shaolin Kungfu against Boxing and Kick-Boxing
- Shaolin Counters against Wrestling Shoots
- The Secret of Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam
- Why Shaolin Kungfu is Technically Faster than Boxing
- Shaolin Techniques, Tactics and Strategies against Boxing
- Revealing Secrets of Past Taijiquan Masters
- Overwhelming Opponents with Just One Pattern
- Poetry and Elegance in Effective Combat