Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Solo form training during the Sabah Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course

Form training in solo is an important aspect in kungfu training. In fact, that is what masters normally do. However, most kungfu practitioners today do not realize the meaning or objectives in solo form training. They practice their forms almost solely for demonstration.

Pleasing spectators, of course, was never an objective of form training in the past. In genuine, traditional kungfu, solo form training accomplishes the following objectives

This video series show how participants at the Sabah Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course of March 2007 accomplish some of these objectives in solo form training.

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Forceful and Fast, Yet Not Tired or Panting for Breath

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Here is the initiator's mode of Sequence 8. When your forms are correct, you should back up your forms with force. The force comes from flowing chi, and not from muscular tension. Hence, you can be forceful and fast, yet not tired or panting for breath.

The Skills of Form, Force and Speed

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Here is the responder's mode of Sequence 8. First your forms should be picture-perfect. Next they should have force. Then they should be performed with speed. Practicing the sequence in solo is a good way to accomplish these important skills of correct form, force and speed.

Practice Shaolin Kungfu, Not Opium Smoking

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

You should avoid in your practice of performing your forms incorrectly, without force and without presence of mind. This is jokingly called “opium smoking”. Each time you practice, your movement should be a masterpiece, so that if you have practiced for three years, you have benefited for three years — not that you have conditioned yourself to bad habits for three years.

Power from Internal Force, Not Muscular Strength

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

There must be power in your movements. The power comes from internal force and not muscular strength. Internal force is exploded from the dan tian in a punch and in a palm interception. If there is not sufficient force, an attacker's sweeping attack will break through the defence.

Smooth Flow of Movements

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Here are Combat Sequences 5 and 6. The patterns in a sequence are not performed individually, but continuous as a sequence. The emphasis is not on speed, but on smooth flow of movements. The forms must, of course, be picture-perfect. If they are not picture-perfect, the student should go back one step to practice the sequences pattern by pattern instead of as sequences.

Completed in One Breath

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Here are Combat Sequences 7 and 8. Once a sequence begins, it continues smoothly to its completion without any pause in between. The whole sequence is performed in one breath, known in Chinese as “yeit hei hor seng” (Cantonese), or “yi qi ke cheng” (Mandarin). The practitioner must, of course, be very familiar with both the forms and their order of performance. Otherwise, he would have to go back one step to practice the sequences pattern by pattern.

Linking Sequences to Form Set

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

The four combat sequences, Sequences 5 to 8, are linked together to form a set. It is presented here in two parts. There is no break between the first part shown here and the second part shown in the following video clip. Each initiator's or responder's mode of a sequence is completed in one breath. The emphasis here is on correctness of form, force and fluidity of movement.

No Change in the Appearance of the Performer's Face

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

This is the second part of the set formed by linking the Combat Sequences 5 to 8. The first part shown in the previous video clip and the second part shown here should be performed continuously. This set is called “Fierce Tiger Speeds Through Valley”, after the most popular pattern in the set. At the completion of performing a set, the practitioner should not be tired or out of breath, described poetic in Chinese as “mien pat koi yoong” (Cantonese), or “nian bu kai young”, which literally means “there is no change in the appearance of the performer's face”.

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

Click here for an Overview of the entire course

  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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