Shaolin Kungfu

If an opponent grips your arm and simultaneously fells you onto the ground like what is shown in the picture above, you need more sophisticated patterns than mere punching and blocking to counter the simultaneous attacks

Some people think that kungfu patterns are too complicated to be combat effective. They believe, incorrectly, that techniques are effective for fighting only when they are simple, like straight-forward punches and kicks.

But even an elementary Shaolin Kungfu class shows that when fighting progresses to higher levels, more sophisticated techniques are needed. If an opponent successfully grips your arm, for example, relying only on Boxing techniques would be inadequate. Past fighters experienced such sophisticated combat situations in real fighting, and evolved sophisticated counters against these attacks. These sophisticated fighting methods now come to us in crystallized forms as kungfu patterns.

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Shaolin Kung Fu Making it Difficult for Opponent to Defend

The finer points of the knee attack in the pattern “Golden Cockerel Stands Solitarily” are shown. Not only the Shaolin exponent prevents the opponent from counter-attacking, he also makes it difficult for the opponent to defend himself. If the opponent manages to wriggle free and attack the exponent's groin, the exponent can deflect the attack with his knee.

Shaolin Kung Fu The Secret of Continuous Kicks

A Shaolin secret, “lin wan theui” or “continuous kicks”, is revealed. As the Shaolin exponent avoids the opponent's left knee attack, he counter-strikes the opponent's chest. The opponent jumps up with another right kick. The Shaolin exponent avoids the second kick simultaneously striking the leg, and immediately follows with another strike at the opponent.

Shaolin Kung Fu Appropriate Changes to Suit Situations

Here the counter is demonstated from another angle. The Shaolin exponent brushes away the second kick, and counter-kicks the opponent's knee, followed by another attack on the opponent's head. These exchanges are possible with kungfu practitioners. Boxers and other martial artists are unlikely to be familiar with these techniques.

Shaolin Kung Fu Felling Opponent When his Left Leg is in Front

The pattern “Lead Horse Back to Stable” is used to fell an opponent. It is useful when both you and your opponent have the left leg in front. Of course, when you are familiar with these techniques, it does not matter which leg you or your opponent have in front.

Shaolin Kung Fu Hide Flowers in Sleeves

How would you counter if your opponent applies “Lead Horse Back to Stable” on you? A good counter is “Hiding Flowers in the Sleeves”. Make sure you cover your opponent's hands as you strike him. You may recall that this attack and counter are found in Combat Sequence 14 of our basic Shaolin sparring methodology.

Shaolin Kung Fu Following the Attacking Momentum

If a kungfu practitioner grips the arm of a Boxer, the Boxer would have no techniques to counter. Notice that in this counter the movement follows, not goes against, the attacking momentum.

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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