WHY SHAOLIN KUNGFU IS TECHNICALLY FASTER THAN BOXING
Many kungfu practitioners find it hard to fight against Boxers because Boxers are fast. But it may come as a big surprise to them that the Boxers' techniques are actually slower than kungfu techniques!
How does this make sense? How is it possible that Boxers are fast yet their techniques are slower? Understanding the difference between skills and techniques will make this paradox clear. A car is technically faster than a bicycle. But if you are unskilled in driving a car, a skillful cyclist can travel faster than you. Although kungfu is technically faster than Boxing, if you are unskilled in fighting, a skillful Boxer can fight faster than you.
During question-time at the Sabah Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course of March 2007, a seasoned Boxer, Paul, and a few other participants asked Grandmaster Wong about effective Shaolin techniques against Boxers. Grandmaster Wong also explains some effective tactics and strategies. This video series records some of these lessons.
It is important not to underestimate a Boxer. Nevertheless, Shaolin Kungfu is technically faster. A Boxer, for example, usually parries first, then counter-strike, whereas a Shaolin practitioner may defend and counter-strike at the same time.
The footwork of Shaolin Kungfu is also technically faster than that of Boxing. For example, where it takes a Boxer two or three steps to bounce forward or away, a Shaolin practitioner takes only one.
Shifting stances in Shaolin Kungfu is technically faster than bouncing about in Boxing. When Sifu Jamie who acts as a Boxer attacks Grandmaster Wong, Grandmaster Wong shifts his back foot backward to avoid the strike and then move his body forward to counter-strike.
Shifting body-movement, without moving the feet away, is even faster. The advantage is further compounded with the hand movement with the help of an appropriate stance. This superiority in technical speed is accomplished by the harmonies of feet, body and hands.
An effective strategy against Boxers is to attack them with kicks. Almost irrespective of how a Boxer attacks you, you lean back and counter with side-kicks. If he bounces away, follow up with more side-kicks. A Boxer has no techniques in his art to counter against kicks.
There are some effective tactics against a Boxer. Using gripping and felling attacks is also very useful because a Boxer has no techniques in his art to counter gripping and felling attacks.
Applying felling attacks against a Boxer is also a very useful tactic. As a Boxer normally bounces about, his stance is usually not solid and it is easy to fell him. You can follow closely in and fell him.
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