I practiced Martial Arts of several styles and types of kung fu, including: Choy Lee Fut, Wing Chun, Long Fist, Hung Gar, Chow Gar, and others. All had great qualities, but for me, each one had its pros and cons for what I needed in a style. It wasn't until I began learning the internal styles of Baguazhang, Xingyiquan, and Tai Chi Chuan, that I began learning that one needs to be able to move actively like the wheel of a cart, be able to be balanced at all times, and be able to change in any direction, at any time. My other styles then came back into the picture and I was lead to have abilities that I never thought posssible. So below is what my Shaolin-based kung fu training is designed to do for the student:
Blocks, Kicks, Punches, Footwork, and combination of them all are learned. My style consists of learning the blocks, kicks, punches, individually, and then combining them with a virtually infinite amount of variations. This way my students don't get caught up in a classical mess when having to respond to any kind of attack. And if no attack ever comes, their body will fully balanced and evenly developed.
Forms (Sets) taught in most styles have so many postures in them, that one would need to practice them for many years each in order for some of the movements to become natural. (and most of these styles are meant for a right-handed person...) But the thing is; most systems of old times teach dozens or in some cases hundreds of sets that look mostly alike, but differ in slight ways. (This goes for weapons sets too.) You don't need to learn a million sets to be good. ! mastered move is better that 1000 unmastered.
This makes the path for THAT MUCH harder for the students to make them a natural response. When the student gets used to the use of the movements to for instance; block a left oncoming straight punch, and then a right, and then a low punch followed by that, they get knocked out because the attacker throws a right first and then a left or jab followed by a hook. The student was expecting what they practiced for for so long, that the movements got programmed in their subconscious for only one way.
Then the fight resorts to a boxing match where punches are exchanged and the stronger, faster (or dirtier) opponent wins. The forms went right out the window and shame is brought to the style!
Our system uses every type of stepping with each side of the body developed, in order for the practitioner to be able to do any movement, on any side, in any direction, at any time. (And be able to change up should the attacker change in mid movement.)
For instance (just using the types of punches with the fist, not including the different ways of using the hand) if you have 9 types of punch with a fist, combine that with the three levels of punch, and 8 possible directions, and 5 types stepping, you have 1080 types of punches with a fist. If you then add our different ways of turning, you can now punch in 360 degrees.
The same goes for our blocks, kicks, and weapons. (Both sides developed equally.)
Next section will be about my internal training... Check back soon, or contact me if you have any questions.
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