Shaolin Kungfu

Cover a Boxer's left jab with your left Single Tiger and strike him with your right Black Tiger

We can cover a Boxer's right jabs with our left hand using “Kitten Washes Face” or “Wave Dragon Back to Cave”. In reality, a Boxer usually uses left jabs instead of right jabs. His typical tactic is to use left jabs to pave the way for a powerful right punch.

We start with the Boxer's right jabs instead of his left mainly for the purpose of systematic progression. In our basic Combat Sequence 1, which constitutes our basic sequence from which our counters against a Boxer develop, we use our left Single Tiger against an opponent's right attacks.

A logical progression from this basic counter is to use our left Single Tiger against a Boxer's right jabs. The next progression is to change our left Single Tiger to our left Wave Dragon or left Kitten to flow according to the momentum of a Boxer's right jabs.

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“Shaolin Covering an Opponent's Left Jabs

You can cover a Boxer with your left hand using the pattern “Wave Dragon back to Cave” when he makes a right jab. What would you do if he makes a left jab? You can use your left hand to cover his left jab using the pattern “Single Tiger Emerges from Cave”. You must cover his hand, not just brush it away, otherwise he can still strike you. Having covered him and making sure he can't counter-strike, you strike him with your right “Black Tiger Steals Heart”.

“Shaolin Opening or Closing, and Striking

If an opponent attacks with his right hand, you can ward off his right hand with your left hand. If he attacks with his left hand, you can slap it away also with your left hand. Here you “open” the opponent. Or you may “close” him. If he attacks with his left hand, you close him with your left hand. If he attacks with his right hand, you also close him with your left hand (not shown in the video). Hence, you use your left hand to open or close your opponent, and use your right hand to strike him.

“Shaolin The Emperor and the Minister

Here is how to close an opponent. But if appropriate, you open him instead, as in two occasions in the video clip. Here, the left hand, which is used to open or close the opponent, is known in kungfu terms as the “minister-hand”. The right hand, which is used to strike the opponent, is known as the “emperor-hand”. The “minister” paves the way for the “emperor” to strike.

“Shaolin Paving the Way to Strike

Here are the mechanics for applying the minister-hand to pave the way, and the emperor-hand to strike in conjunction with correct footwork. The patterns are “Single Tiger Emerges from Cave” and “Kitten Washes Face” (or “Wave Dragon Back to Cave” when covering) for paving the way, and “Black Tiger Steals Heart” for striking. The footwork involves the False-Leg Stance and the Bow-Arrow Stance.

“Shaolin Using Body-Movement instead of Footwork

This is a progression from the tactic shown in the previous video clip. Instead of moving backward into a False-Leg Stance and forward into a Bow-Arrow Stance, you just shift your body backward and forward without moving your feet. The closing or opening of the opponent with your left hand, or minister-hand, and striking with your right hand, or emperor-hand, is the same.

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Shaolin Counters against a Boxer's Left Jabs from Wong Kiew Kit on Vimeo.

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Basic Shaolin Kungfu against Boxing, Kick-Boxing, Muay Tahi and Wrestling

  1. From Shaolin to Instinctive Fighting to Boxing
  2. Basic Counters against a Boxer's Jabs
  3. Chasing after a Boxer's Retreat
  4. One-Step, Two-Step or Multiple-Step Chase
  5. Practicing on your Own, then Testing it on your Partner
  6. Counters against a Boxer's Left Jabs
  7. Handling Unexpected Attacks Correctly and Spontaneously
  8. Progressing to Realistic Sparring with a Boxer
  9. Employing Appropriate Tactics to Defeat a Boxer
  10. Sticking to a Boxer as he Tries to Bounce Away
  1. Advantages of the Bow-Arrow Stance over a Boxer's Footwork
  2. Practicing Numerous Tactics against Boxers
  3. Handling a Boxer Competently despite his Speed and Size
  4. Understanding and Implementing Techniques, Tactics and Skills against Boxers
  5. Countering the Left-Left-Right of Boxers
  6. Kick a Boxer Whenever he Uses his Right Hand
  7. Various Tactics to Handle a Boxer
  8. Attacking a Boxer with a Planned Sequence
  9. Felling an Opponent as he Attacks with an Undercut
  10. Various Ways to Fell an Opponent
  1. Knee Strikes and their Counters
  2. From Simple Techniques to Sophisticated Patterns
  3. Why are many Kungfu Practitioners Unable to Counter Muay Thai or Kick-Boxing Attacks?
  4. Superiority of Kungfu Stances, Footwork and Techniques
  5. Counters against Muay Thai and Kick-Boxing Attacks
  6. Effective Tactics and Techniques against Continuous Attacks Mixed with Feint Moves
  7. How do you Counter Continous Kicks?
  8. Exploiting the Innate Weaknesses of Kicks to Counter Them
  9. Throwing an Opponent as he Kicks
  10. Striking the Attacker as he Attempts a Shoot
  11. Countering the Shoot when an Attacker has Grabbed you or Pushed you onto the Ground