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A Deadly Attack with a Poetic Name

All kungfu patterns are named, often poetically and always meaningfully. “Black Tiger Steals Heart”, for example, indicates a strike to the heart or solar plexus (not to the jaws), and “Golden Leopard Speeds through Jungle” indicates a fast strike penetrating intervening defence. Some patterns, especially in recent times, are technically named. For example, “Black Tiger Steals Heart”, is also called “Bow-Arrow Thrust Punch”.

Poetic patterns can be very deadly. One may think that “Yellow Oriole Plays with Water” is delicate and elegant, which it is, but it is also a deadly double attack at the eye and groin at the same time.

This video series shows how you may intercept pressing attacks with “Yellow Oriole Plays with Water”, or, interestingly, continue your pressing attacks with this deadly pattern. The attacks and counters here constitute Combat Sequence 11, which is also named after the poetic pattern. An important tenet, “Moving Back One Step” is also explained.

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When in Difficulty, Move a Step Back

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You plan a pressing attack but your opponent intercepts and “tames” your hands. What could you do? He seems helpless. As in life, when situations appear helpless, move back one step and often you will be able to find a solution. Here, not only you have found a solution but threaten your opponent with a double attack, one to the eye and the other to the groin.

Yellow Oriole Plays with Water

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You intend to implement some pressing attacks but your opponent intercepts and counter-attacks. You responds with a deadly double attack using the poetically named pattern, “Yellow Oriole Plays Water”.

Deadly Attacks of Poetic Pattern

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The roll is now reversed. Your opponent threatens you with two deadly attacks in one technique using the pattern poetically named “Yellow Oriole Plays with Water”. If you block the top attack, you would be kicked at the groin. If you block the kick, he would suffer an eye attack. What can you do? Simple, if you know how.

No Defence Direct Counter

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When you are faced with a seemingly helpless situation, move back one step -- in kung and in life. Not only you can avoid the deadly double attacks, you also strike the attacking leg, using the tactic of “no-defence-direct-counter”. Your opponent pulls back his kicking leg to avoid the counter-attack, then moves in to “close” your hands, simultaneously striking your neck with a leopard punch. Again, you move back and thread away the attack with “Golden Dragon Plays with Water”.

The Deadly Organ-Seeking Kick

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The various attacks and defences form a combat sequence, which is called “Yellow Oriole Plays with Water”. It incorporates the deadly organ-seeking kick.

Kungfu is 95% Practice

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Practice is essential in kungfu; it constitutes 95% of the time, learning is only 5%. Anyone who is not willing to practice diligently will not be proficient in kungfu no matter how much he learns. Helping one another and enjoying the practice are two hallmarks in our school. Injuries almost never happen.

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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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