Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Useing just one pattern to overwhelm an Opponent

Would you beleive that a master may use just one patter to overwhelm an opponent irrespective of how the opponent attacks or defends? The opponent may strike, kick, throw or grip, yet the master uses just one pattern to overcome him. The opponent may tries various ways to escape, yet the master controls him using just one pattern! It is fun seeing how this can be done.

Grandmaster Wong provides some impromptu examples in this video series using “Double Dragons Play with Pearl” or “White Monkey Presents Fruit”. Sometimes he uses the two patterns in conjuction.

It is also interesting to note that many people think the pattern “Double Dragon Plays with Water” is only decorative without concrete combat functions. It is amazing that there are so many applications with it — and all without pre-arrangement. All the examples illustrate answers to questions asked on the spot.

Please click the pictures or the captions below to view the videos

Double Dragons Play with Pearl

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

What would you do if an opponent presses hard at your elbow to dislocate or break it? You can neutralize his attack by using “Double Dragons Play with Pearl”, followed with a “Low Stance Vertical Punch”. Remember to cover your opponent in your counter-attack.

Felling an Opponent with Double Dragons

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Your opponent attacks you with an elbow-strike, throwing you off balance. But you stabilize your stance and fell your opponent instead using “Double Dragons Play with Pearl”.

Many Applications of Seemingly Decorative Pattern

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Here are more applications of “Double Dragons Play with Pearl”. You may use the pattern to lock your opponent's hands, or to break his arm. It is indeed amazing that a pattern many people think is only decorative can have so many applications. All the movements here and elsewhere in this series are impromptu.

Same Pattern for Numerous Functions

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

When one is skillful he can use the same pattern for numerous functions. You can trap your opponent's hands with “Double Dragons Play with Pearl”. But your opponent counters with a shoulder strike as well as an insidious strike to the groin. You use the same pattern, “Double Dragons Play with Pearl” to counter it.

Internal Force and Releasing Grips

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

“Lifting Water” is a very important pattern in Taijiquan, though many practitioners many not realize it. It is so important that it is usually practiced right at the start of many Taijiquan sets. Besides developing internal force, it is used to release a double hand grip as shown in this video.

White Monkey Presents Fruit

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

A skillful practitioner can use the same pattern irrespective of what the opponent does. An example is given here with the pattern “White Monkey Presents Fruit”, which is found in Wahnam Taijiquan.

One Hand Gripping Two Hands

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

You can use “White Monkey Presents Fruit” in conjunction with “Double Dragons Play with Water”. Irrespective of what your opponent does, you can use these two patterns against him. You can use just one hand to grip your opponent's two hands!

Good Stances and Internal Force

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Even when your opponent has gripped you, with your two arms immobilized within the grip, you may still apply “Double Dragons Plays with Pearl” and “White Monkey Presents Fruit” to neutralize and counter-attack. It is not just the techniques that are instrumental in the effective counter, good stances and internal force are required.

The Escape is Almost Comical!

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

Physical struggle and feet stomping would not enable you to be released from a powerful round-body hold. But you can get out of the hold without effort — it is almost comical. A good stance is obvious.

Overwhelming the Opponent with just One Pattern

Shaolin Kungfu Show in Sabah

This is a continuation of the previous video clip. You lock the opponent's arm when attacking him. Whatever your opponent tries to escape or counter, you can overwhelm him using just one pattern, “White Monkey Presents Fruit”.

You can view all the above videos here


Review of the Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course in Sabah in March 2007

Click here for an Overview of the entire course

  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

Courses and Classes