REVEALING SECRETS OF PAST TAIJIQUAN MASTERS
Among the participants of the Sabah Intensive Chi Kung Course and the Sabah Instensive Shaolin Kungfu Course are some who practice Taijiquan. They make use of question-time to ask Grandmaster Wong intriguing questions that have puzzled them.
Grandmaster Wong's answers amaze them, revealing secrets of past masters. Before this the practitioners could only perform Taijiquan as external forms, but within fifteen minutes Grandmaster Wong teaches them how to transfer their newly learnt chi kung skllls into their Taijiquan forms to generate energy flow and develop internal force!
Thousands of Taijiquan practitioners have practiced “Single Whip” with an open palm in one hand and a hook in the other. But what is the hook for? Not many people know. When performing the “li” or “press forward” technique, known as “Push Boat According to Flow” in Wahnam Taijiquan, the left palm is placed at the right wrist. Why is this so? And what is meant by striking with the back leg? You will find answers in this video series.
The wrestling shoot is often used today to fell an opponent. Do you know that there are many Taijiquan techniques to counter the shoot? And do you know that there are many Taijiquan techniques to fell opponents onto the ground? You can also find the answers in the videos.
Performing Taijiquan External Forms
Participants who have learnt Taijiquan elsewhere perform their Taijiquan movements the way they used to practice. Some Shaolin Kungfu practitioners also join in the fun, performing Shaolin movements slowly like Taijiquan.
Adding Inner Dimensions to External Movements
The participants perform the same movements but this time in a chi kung state of mind. They just enjoy the movements, without thinking of anything, without worrying about their breathing, and without worrying whether their forms. At the end of the performance they can feel some internal force.
The Secret of the Hook in Single Whip
Thousands of Taijiquan practitioners have performed “Single Whip”, but not many know why one hand is held in a hook. Here is the secret. It is to consolidate internal force so that it will be exploded out in the other hand. Why is the other hand not held in a fist. It would then tense up the muscles hindering smooth chi flow.
Hook Hand Applied as a Grip
The hook hand in “Single Whip” can also be used to grip an opponent's wrist while striking him with the other palm. It is necessary to lift up the opponent's hand so as to prevent him from striking back.
Holding an Opponent while Attacking Another
The hook hand is used to hold on to an opponent and keep him at bay while attacking another opponent so that the first opponent could not attack you from behind. It is amazing the hook hand in “Single Whip” is so useful but very few people know about it.
Double Dragons Play with Pearl
Here are two applications for “Double Dragons Play with Pearl”? When an opponent is about to grasp you as in a shoot, you can dislocate his neck. This is a deadly attack. Another application is to release his holds on your both arms, and hold him or strike him instead.
Why is the Left Palm at the Right Wrist?
When performing “Push Boat According to Flow”, one places his left palm at his right wrist. Thousands of Taijiquan practitioners are doing this, but very few know why. The left hand is used to “tame” an opponent's hands while striking him.
Taijiquan Qin-Na or Gripping Technique
Here is another combat function of the left palm on the right wrist in the pattern “Push Boat According to Flow”. It is a qin-na or gripping technique, which can be used to dislocate an opponent's wrist.
Black Bear Sinks Hips
What is the function of the “sinking” technique as in the pattern “Black Bear Sinks Hips”? One useful function is to counter a shoot. As an opponent moves in to grab your legs for a shoot, push his head down to your knees with the “sinking” technique.
Felling an Opponent with the Sinking Technique
The “sinking” technique can also be used when an opponent has successfully grasped your legs, or holds you with your arms trapped in between his arms. When an opponent has fallen, it is important to position your legs so that he may not kick at your groin.
Shoulder Strike from the Back Foot
When and how is a shoulder strike used? When an opponent grips your arm and pulls you, instead of resisting, follow his momentum and counter-attack with a shoulder strike as well as a strike at his groin with your reverse palm. The shoulder strike is not executed from the shoulder, but from the back foot.
Tricking an Opponent to Attack
When you apply a shoulder strike, your upper body is exposed. You may use this as a trap. If an opponent attacks you, grip his arms and pull him down with the pattern “Black Bear Sinks Hips”.
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