Shaolin Kungfu

Closing a Boxer and striking him with leopard punches

Having learnt the various counters against a Boxer's jabs and crosses, we can now progress to more realistic sparring with the Boxer. A good strategy is to close the Boxer, giving him little opportunity to counter-attack, and then strike him.

Instead of closing a Boxer, we can also open him to attack. Using the left hand to guard or pave the way, and the right hand to strike is an effective strategy.

A Boxer is not only fast, but he often uses feint moves. A good tactic is to cover his moves, irrespective of whether they are feint or real, thus preventing him from continuing his attack. Good body-movement and footwork are needed to implement this tactic successfully.a

At this early stage of our training, we limit a Boxer's attacks to jabs and crosses, which are his main techniques. Hooks and undercuts will be dealt with later.

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“Shaolin Floating Fast Continuous Jabs

Cover the left jab of a Boxer with your left hand, and follow up with a right strike. But the Boxer pulls back his left jab and jabs again. Reflexively float the Boxer's second jab, thus preventing him from attacking further, and counter-strike with a Black Tiger.

“Shaolin Opening an Opponent's Defence

If you fail to cover or float a Boxer's jabs, or if he succeeds in escaping from your coverage and continues jabbing, you can open his defence, then move in to counter-strike. You must have right spacing when striking, and you must also ensure he cannot attack you at the same time while you strike him.

“Shaolin Importance of Body-Movement and Footwork

The scenario is repeated. The combat situation is similar but the movements are spontaneous. Good body-movement and footwork are necessary. Together with the hand techniques, they constitute the three external harmonies.

“Shaolin Attacking with Leopard Punches

Close the Boxer effectively, giving him no opportunities to counter-strike. As the opponent's front body is close, attack his ribs, throat or arms with a leopard punch instead of attacking his chest with a Black Tiger.

“Shaolin Covering Jabs Irrespective of whether Feint or Real

A Boxer's opening jabs are often feint moves to pave the way for a powerful right punch. Irrespective of whether they are feint or real attacks, you can close them and counter-attack. Good body-movement and footwork will prevent you from being hit even when you fail to cover the Boxer's jabs.

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Progressing to Realistic Sparring with a Boxer 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