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Why a Shaolin exponent can move faster than a Boxer

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.

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Shaolin Kungfu is Technically Faster than Boxing

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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.

Shaolin is also Technically Faster than Boxing in Footwork

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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 is Technically Faster than Bouncing About

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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 is Even Faster

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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 use Kicks

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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.

Some Effective Tactics against Boxers

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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 Techniques against Boxers

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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.

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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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