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SHAOLIN WAHNAM KUNGFU — COMBAT SEQUENCE 5 “FIERCE TIGER SPEEDS THROUGH VALLEY”

Fierce Tiger Speeds Through Valley

Fierce Tiger Speeds Through Valley

Progressing to the Right Leg Mode for Combat

Combat Sequences 1 to 4 which have been posted in previous vebpages constitiute one stage of combat training, and they form the kungfu set “Black Tiger Steals Heart” in the Shaolin Kungfu programme of our school. The main objective of this stage is to develop fundamental combat skills as follows:

  1. right timing
  2. right spacing
  3. flowing movement and force
  4. right judgement
  5. fast decision
  6. instantaneous change
  7. footwork adjustment
  8. safe coverage
  9. flowing attack
  10. pressing attack

The first two skills, right timing and right spacing, are the most fundamental. Without them the other skills, as well as all techniques and force, lose their significance. An exponent, for example, may have some fantastic techniques and tremendous force, but if his attack or defence cannot reach its target on time, all his techniques and force are quite useless.

Combat Application Combat Application
Poise Patterns Fierce Tiger

All the principles you learn in combat training can be, and should be, transferred to our daily work and play to make our life more rewarding. This is a main reason why we devote our time and effort to kungfu training. The principles of right timing and right spacing are of utmost importance in life. You may be the best computer programmer in the world or have the most advanced marketing skills, but if these skills are not used at the right time and at the right place, they are as good as being useless.

Some people, who may actually have many talents or much knowledge, constantly complain that society or Mother Luck never gives them an opportunity to use their talents and knowledge. What they need is to develop the skills of right timing and right spacing like what we do in our combat training, and transfer these fundamental skills to daily life.

Combat Application Combat Application
Single Tiger Golden Dragon

In the previous set of four combat sequences, besides the fundamental skills you also learned the basic techniques for hand attacks and defence. You should practise these four sequences in stages, as follows:

  1. pre-choice
  2. self-choice
  3. end-point continuation
  4. mid-point continuationM
  5. end-point addition

At the pre-choice stage, the initiator begins with a pre-chosen sequence, and the responder responds accordingly to complete the sequence. At the self-choice stage, the initiator may start with any sequence he likes, but the releasing of control must be gradual so that the responder can respond accordingly too and both partners can complete the sequence smoothly.

At the end-point continuation stage, after completing one sequence the initiator (or sometimes the rsponder) starts another sequence without retreating to poise patterns. For example, after completing Combat Sequence 1, instead of returning to poise patterns, the initiator continues by repeating Combat Sequence 1 or starting Combat Sequence 2. You should continue to the next sequence at the start iof the next sequence, but later you may continue at any suitable point of the next sequence. Hence, at this stage an encounter will consist of five or six exchanges instead of three.

Combat Application Combat Application
Fierce Tiger Golden Dragon

At the mid-point continuation stage, either one of the partner may continue with another sequence at the mid-point of the first sequence. For example, you may start with Combat Sequence 2, but at any suitable point during the sequence you or your partner may continue to Combat Sequence 3. You may enter Combat Sequence 3 at its beginning or at any suitable point of Sequence 3. Hence the exchanges are less although this stage is a progression from the previous stage. But later you may have three instead of two sequences in one encounter.

At the end-point addition stage, you or your partner may add a suitable hand-attack pattern and the other person will respond accordingly. The additional attack pattern need not be any of the patterns found in the four sequences, but it must be a hand attack. For example, instead of a level punch of the “Black Tiger”, you may use a palm strike or a phoenix-fist. You are to add only one pattern, and after the respond both will return to poise patterns.

Combat Application Combat Application
Precious Duck Golden Star

Once you have practised these four combat sequences well, you can defend against all hand attacks — although at this level the range of techniques is limited. Hence, you will soon find that neither you nor your sparring partner can beat the other. No matter what hand attack or counter- attack one uses, the other can defend against it effectively. None has an advantage over the other because now both have the same level of skills and techniques.

To overcome this impasse, you have to find at least one advantage over your partner (or opponent in real fighting). This can be achieved by either improving your skills or expanding your techniques. In other words, although you and your partner are at the same level of techniques, if you are faster or more powerful than him, you can still beat him. Alternatively, although you and your partner are at the same level of skills, if you can use techniques which he is unfamiliar with, you will also beat him. A main objective of the next set of four combat sequences, Sequences 5 to 8, is to expand your hand techniques.

Combat Application Combat Application
Green Dragon Poise Patterns

This sequence, “Fierce Tiger Speeds Through Valley”, introduces the right leg mode in attack. So far, from Combat Sequences 1 to 4 with the exception of the “Precious Duck” pattern, the left leg mode is used. The left leg mode and the right leg mode have their own strong points and weaknesses. Some martial artists, often without their own awareness, favour one mode to the other. Later when you are more skilfull and know more techniques, you can manoevre your opponent to his unaccomstomed leg mode, often without him knowing, thus gaining a tactical advantage.

In the previous four combat sequences, continuing from one sequence to another was easy when you were executing Sequences 1 and 2, but you probably experienced some difficulty if you were executing Sequences 3 or 4. This was because of your leg mode. After completing Sequences 3 and 4, your right leg was in front, and you might not know how to continue your attack as your attack patterns in the right leg mode were limited.

Now this limitation can readily be overcome. For example, after defending against your partner’s Black Tiger or Green Dragon with your right Single Tiger in Sequences 3 or 4, you can “thread” with your left Golden Dragon and continue with your right Fierce Tiger as in Sequence 5. You will find a lot of attack patterns in the right leg mode in subsequent sequences.

OVERVIEW

Combat Application Combat Application Combat Application
Poise Patterns Fierce Tiger Single Tiger
Combat Application Combat Application Combat Application
Golden Dragon Fierce Tiger Golden Dragon
Combat Application Combat Application Combat Application Combat Application
Precious Duck Golden Star Green Dragon Poise Patterns

SHAOLIN WAHNAM KUNGFU — COMBAT SEQUENCE 3 “PRECIOUS DUCK SWIMS THROUGH LOTUS”

(reproduced from http://www.shaolin.org/review/duck.html)

Precious Duck Swims Through Lotus

Precious Duck Swims Through Lotus

Near enough to Strike but Far enough to be Safe

In the first combat sequence in our combat training programme, “Black tiger Steals Heart”, you developed two fundamental combat skills, namely right timing and right spacing. These two are fundamental skills, meaning very important skills that form the foundation of future development.

The third fundamental skill is appropriate force, which is developed in our force training programme like “Golden Bridge” and “One-Finger Shooting Zen”, and which we apply in our combat sequences. It is important that the force must be flowing, and not mechanical or staccato.

Combat Application Combat Application
Poise Patterns Black Tiger

Without these three fundamental skills, a person cannot be combat efficient, even if he knows a lot of techniques. This is a common fault with many kungfu students — they think mistakenly that they can be more combat efficient by learning more techniques.

Skills have to be developed methodically, not merely learnt from a book or even from a master. A master provides you the method, and shows you how to do it, but you have to practice and practice to so that the skills become second-nature to you.

Combat Application Combat Application
Single Tiger White Snake

Free sparring is not a method to develop skills; it is a method to test whether you have developed the necessary skills to apply appropriate techniques in combat. This is a common fault with most martial art students today — they mistakenly think they can be combat efficient by practicing free sparring.

In this combat sequence, “Precious Duck Swims through Lotus”, you consolidate and improve upon the combat skills you have learnt, namely right timing, right spacing, right judgment and instantaneous change. We also have increased the choice of attack and defence from two to three alternatives.

Combat Application Combat Application
Golden Dragon Precious Duck

In the first combat sequence, there is only one choice, which is actually no choice. The initiator attacks with “Black Tiger Steals Heart” and the responder defends with “Single Tiger Emerges from Cave”. Both the initiator and the responder know what the movements will be. The movements are pre-arranged so that being free from worrying what to move next, they can better focus on developing the skills of right timing, right spacing and appropriate force.

In the second combat sequence, the initiator has two choices — he can attack with “Black Tiger Steals Heart” or “White Snake Shoots Venom” — and the responder has to react accordingly. In this third combat sequence, the choice is increased to three, with the addition of “Precious Duck Swims through Lotus”. If the responder makes a wrong judgment, his instantaneous change is more difficult. In the previous two combat sequences, if he judges wrongly, he can still defend against the coming attack — his “Golden Dragon” can still defend against the ”Black Tiger”, and his ”Single Tiger” can still defend against the “White Snake”. But here he has to change his “Golden Dragon” or “Single Tiger” into a “Hand Sweep”.

Combat Application Combat Application
Hand Sweep Single Tiger

Two new skills are introduced in this sequence. One is adjusting footwork. This skill is a development of right spacing. After defending your partner’s “White Snake” with your “Golden Dragon”, you have to bring back your front left leg a small step before moving forward a big step with your right leg for your counter-attack with “Precious Duck Swims through Lotus”. If you do not adjust your footwork, you would give your opponent a free advantage, i.e. an advantage he gains without having to do anything. You would have made it easy for him to strike you or fell you to the ground.

The second skill is covering yourself in your attack. You can do this by “taming” his front left hand, i.e. pushing it aside or “floating” it upward, with your left palm maintaining contact with his left arm, while you strike his side ribs with your right punch. Covering yourself is extremely important in any attack. This is what many other martial artists never do, exposing themselves to serious counter-strikes.

In the previous two combat sequences, the counter-attack mode is “first defend then counter”. Here the mode is “no defend direct counter”. As an opponent attacks you with “Precious Duck”, you need not block or ward off the attack first, then counter-attack. While moving your front left leg backward into a left false-leg stance, you directly strike his attacking arm with your hand-sweep.

“No defend” is a misnomer. It is not ignoring your own safety and go all out to attack, which would be foolish. Here, the defence is already incorporated in your counter-attack. As you move into your false leg stance for your counter-attack, you already have moved your body away from his attack.

OVERVIEW

Combat Application Combat Application Combat Application Combat Application
Poise Patterns Black Tiger Single Tiger White Snake
Combat Application Combat Application Combat Application Combat Application
Golden Dragon Precious Duck Hand Sweep Single Tiger

USING ATTACKS FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO COUNTERS IN OTHER MARTIAL ARTS

Lessons from Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course

Kuala Lumpur, 18th to 22nd March 2015

The rationale behind applying a kungfu combat sequence against opponents of other martial arts is that you are so fluent in your sequence that they have no time to response. It does not matter what martial arts they practice. You must press in so relentlessly that they have no time to use their techniques on you.

This is the proactive approach. They merely retreat to avoid your pressing attack. As a result they are pressed to a wall.

However, if they are skillful enough to dodge your attack and manage a counter, you use the reactive approach. You counter their response and continue your pressing attack, or subdue them on the ground and deliver your coup de grace.

To bring your sparring to a higher level, you can use attacks for which your opponents of other martial arts have no counters. For example, if you kick at a Boxer, he has no techniques in his repertoire to defend against your kick. If you apply a chin-na technique on a Karate exponent, he has no techniques in his repertoire to release your grip. If you fell a Taekwondo exponent, he has no techniques to defend against your felling attack.

The video below shows some attacks for which opponents of other martial arts have no techniques to counter. But if you apply the same attacks on kungfu practitioners, they will be able to respond correctly – if they know how, and many kungfu practitioners do not know how, they merely perform kungfu forms.

The video below may be divided into the following parts:

  1. Using a chin-na attack on opponents of other martial arts. A kungfu counter against the chin-na attack is also shown. Most other martial arts do not have a counter.
  2. Sean used a chin-na attack called “Old Eagle Catches Snake” against Pascal. Most martial arts do not have a counter against this chin-na attack.
  3. Pascal used a felling attack, Fell Tree with Roots, against Sean.
  4. Sean and Barnie both used Shaolin Kungfu for combat. As Shaolin Kungfu has an extensive range of techniques, there are no attacks that cannot be countered.

sourced from http://shaolin.org/general-3/kl-shaolin-2015/lesson02.html

COMBAT SEQUENCE AGAINST OTHER MARTIAL ARTS

Lessons from ntensive Shaolin Kungfu Course

Kuala Lumpur, 18th to 22nd March 2015

Amongst the many important lessons learnt at the Intensive Shaolin Kungfu course from 16th to 22nd March 2015 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was using a kungfu combat sequence against an opponent of other martial arts. This is exactly what Grandmaster Wong has been advocating.

The video above showed this important lesson, which may be divided into the following 6 parts as follows:

  1. Joel using typical kungfu forms was at the mercy of Bernie who uses kick-boxing. This is what many of our students and some instructors do, despite advice to the contrary by our Grandmaster! It is no surprise, therefore, these students and instructors are badly beaten by other martial artists.
  2. Kang Jin used Shaolin techniques against Joel who acted as a kick-boxer. Although Kang Jin used a good kungfu technique to fell Joel at the end, this was not what the Grandmaster advised. Kang Jin used isolated kungfu techniques instead of a kungfu combat sequence to press into the opponent.
  3. The situation was now reversed. Joel used typical kungfu techniques against Kang Jin who acted as a kick-boxer. But Joel, like Kang Jin before, used kungfu techniques in isolation. Seeing Joel’s poor performance, Grandmaster Wong interrupted their sparring. Grandmaster Wong asked Joel to used the same kungfu techniques in a sequence instead of in isolation.
  4. The effect was immediate. Using the same techniques, but in a sequence instead of in isolation, Joel pressed Kang Jin to the curtained windows. This was exactly what Grandmaster Wong had been advocating all along.
  5. The next session between Leroy and Sean was interesting. Whenever Leroy applied a kungfu combat sequence on Sean who acted as an opponent using other martial arts, Sean had no chance. When the situation was reversed, whenever Sean applied a kungfu combat sequence on Leroy who acted as an opponent using other martial arts, Leroy had no chance. The reason was simple. The kungfu exponent applied his kungfu combat sequence so fluently that the opponent had no techniques in his repertoire to counter or had no time to counter. There was also a glimpse of Bernie applying a kungfu combat sequence on Pascal.
  6. There was a short session of Pascal using a kungfu technique to fell Sean. Then Barnie applied a simple combat sequence to press Kang Jin backward. This was the lesson Grandmaster Wong had been telling Shaolin Wahnam instructors and students to do, i.e. to press opponents of other martial arts with a well trained combat sequence. There was also a glimpse of Parveen who did what many people would consider impossible. She came with clutches a day before, but during the whole course she participated and sparred without clutches!

The invaluable lesson from this video is obvious. Practice a kungfu combat sequence well. Then just apply it on your opponents of other martial arts, taking care of safety first for yourself. Your opponents will have no time or no techniques in their repertoire to counter.

sourced from http://shaolin.org/general-3/kl-shaolin-2015/lesson01.html

WEDDING CELEBRATION OF WONG CHUN YIAN

Wong Chun Yian 

Grandmaster Wong’s youngest child, Wong Chun Yian, will be married to Miss Yeoh Swee Zhi on Sunday, 22nd November 2015, in Sungai Petani, Malaysia. A week of celebration with complimentary courses, wedding ceremonies, International Shaolin Wahnam Show, and wedding dinner will commemorate the very happy occasion. The celebration will probably be held at Cinta Sayang Holiday Resort, Sungai Petani, so many family members will be reminiscent of happy memories.

The Celebration programme is as follows:

  1. Complimentary Shaolin Kungfu Course on 16th and 17th November 2015, 8.00 to 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 to 7.00 p.m. on both days.
  2. Complimentary Wahnam Taijiquan Course on 18th and 19th November 2025, 8.00 to 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 to 7.00 p.m. on both days.
  3. Complimentary Chi Kung Course on 20th and 21st Novemebr 2015, 8.00 to 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 to 7.00 p.m. on the first day, and 4.00 to 6.00 p.m. on the second day. 

    As Grandmaster Wong is a versatile teacher, he will ensure that all attending the courses, irrespective of their levels, will benefit. The courses, unlike before, are not necessarily on review material.

  4. Wedding Ceremonies. 22nd November 2015, 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. All Shaolin Wahnam family members are invited to witness the wedding ceremonies at Grandmaster Wong’s house. Lunch will be served.
  5. International Shaolin Wahnam Show. 22nd Novemeber 2015, 7.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. Shaolin Wahnam family members from the same country or region are invited to present some merriment on stage.
  6. Wedding Dinner. 22nd November 2015, 7.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. All Shaolin Wahnam family members are invited.

As this is the wedding celebration of his youngest child, Grandmaster Wong hopes that as many Shaolin Wahnam family members as possible will attend. Please contact the Secretary as soon as possible if you wish to join in the celebration.

Following the wedding, a Special Kungfu Course on the 36 Shaolin Leg Techniques will be held at the Copthorne Orchid Hotel in Penang from 24th to 30th November 2015. These 36 Shaolin Leg Techniques, often mentioned but little understood, were regarded as secrets by kungfu masters. They constitute the justification that Grandmaster Wong has mentioned there are more kicks in Shaolin Kungfu than all the other martial arts combined! The course is also suitable for Taijiquan practitioners. Those who wish to attend the course please contact the Secretary.