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Striking Form and Chasing Shadow are Effective Strategies against Boxers

Although Boxers are fast, Boxing techniques are actually slower than Shaolin techniques. Moreover, there are effective tactics and strategies which you can apply against Boxers.

For example, in Boxing one is not allowed to kick, grip or fell his opponents. In other words, Boxers are not trained to use kicking, gripping or felling, nor to defend against these attacks. If you plan your tactics and strategies to exploit these weaknesses, you have a better chance in beating a Boxer. The video clips here show some of these lessons at the Sabah Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course of March 2007.

Nevertheless, although you may have better techniques, tactics and strategies, you must not have any illusion that a Shaolin practitioner will always beat a Boxer. Despite these advantages, an experienced, skillful Boxer may still win in a combat

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Superior Techniques against Seasoned Boxer

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Paul from Ireland is a seasoned Boxer. But Grandmaster Wong uses superior Shaolin techniques to handle him. As Paul bounces in to jab, Grandmaster Wong grips his hand and counter-strikes.

Closing a Boxer and Striking him Continuously

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Grandmaster Wong demonstrates an application of a superior technique against a Boxer. He grips the Boxer's arm and “closes” him, making it difficult for the Boxer to strike back or bounce away, while he strikes the Boxer continuously.

Advantage of Stance and Waist Rotation

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If a Boxer uses the same tactic against you, i.e. closing you with one hand and striking you with the other, you can easily turn the table back to him by appropriate waist rotation as shown in this video. A Shaolin practitioner is able to do this because of his stance, whereas a Boxer without this advantage of the stance is unable to.

Effective Ways to Handle a Boxer

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Grandmaster Wong demonstrates some effective ways to handle a Boxer. Notice the difference in combat strategies. The Boxer bounces about, whereas Grandmaster Wong remains calm to observe the opponent. As the Boxer moves in, Grandmaster Wong intercepts him and counter-strikes. He uses his knee to fell the Boxer and deliver a coup de grace with a strike on the Boxer's head. All these movements are impromptu.

Decisive Strikes to End Combat

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The Boxer looks for openings to attack Grandmaster Wong. But as soon as he moves in, Grandmaster Wong fells him and conclude the combat with decisive strikes.

When there is Form, Strike the Form

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There are many ways to handle a Boxer. Another effective way is to strike his arms, body or head when he attacks. This is applying the strategy of “When there is form, strike the form.” Your arms must be powerful and your footwork both agile and solid.

When there is No Form, Chase the Shadow

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When a Boxer attacks you, you strike his attacking arms. When he pulls back his arm or bounces away to avoid your counter-strikes, move in and strike his body, head or back. This is applying the strategy of “When there is No Form, Chase the Shadow”. Of course in a practice session, you keep your strikes a few inches from target, but in a real fight you strike your opponent hard.

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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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