COMBAT APPLICATIONS OF DOUBLE BUTTERFLIES FLYING

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Sifu Anthony covers Grandmaster Wong very well, but Grandmaster Wong turns around to counter

Having acquired the technique and skill of “khuen fa” or “making flowers” implemented in the pattern “Double Butterflies Flying”, the next step is to learn its combat applications.

It is a formidable technique. When applied skillfully, amongst other functions, it can be used to continuously attack an opponent almost irrespective of his responses!

On the other hand, participants also learn how to counter attacks of this formidable technique, thus making our combat training complete. Much skill is required to execute the technique and its defence effectively.

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Continue Attacks Regardless of Opponent's Defence

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“Making flowers”, implemented in the pattern “Double Butterflies Flying”, is a formidable technique. If you are skillful, amongst many other combat functions you can apply it to attack your opponent continuously almost irrespective of his response. If he tries to block your attack or hold your hand, you continue regardless of what he does!

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How to Counter Continuous Attacks of Making Flowers

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If “making flowers” is such a formidable attack, amongst other functions, how would you defend against it, especially if you are unarmed. Grandmaster Wong gives an impromptu example. As Simon attacks with a right chop, Grandmaster Wong grips his wrist using “Wave Dragon Back to Den”. Grandmaster Wong positions himself so skillfully that it is difficult for Simon to continue with his attack. Then Grandmaster Wong puts Simon in an awkward position and uses his own weapon to attack him.

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Turning the Weapon Back to the Opponent

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Grandmaster Wong gives another impromptu example to counter the continuous attacks of “making flowers”. He “tames” Simon's right chop with the pattern “Yun Dan Tames Tiger” (Yun Dan is the military god of wealth.) As Simon continues with a reversed right chop, Grandmaster Wong turns the chopping attack back to him using the pattern “Sweep Clouds See Sun”.

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Skill not just Technique in Stopping Attacks

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Grandmaster Wong explains that you must be skillful in taming or holding his arm, otherwise he can release your grip and strike you. First he shows how a skillful taming of the opponent's elbow can stop his attacks. Then he shows that if you are not skillful, even when you grip his two wrists he can still release the grips and strike you.

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The Deciding Factor is Skills

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But if the Butterfly Knives exponent is skillful too, he can counter your counters. Sifu Anthony tames Grandmaster Wong's elbow very well, making it impossible for Grandmaster Wong to continue with a reversed chop. But Grandmaster Wong changes into a reversed yin-grip and cuts Sifu Anthony's arm. Sifu Anthony pushes Grandmaster Wong backward, but Grandmaster Wong turns around and attacks Sifu Anthony with the other knife.

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Retreating a Step to Counter

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If an opponent grips your arm and pushes at you, just retreat a step and cuts the opponent's arm. As in life, when situations appear difficult, retreating a step often helps to solve problems.

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Counter against a Seemingly Impossible Escape

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Sifu Anthony manages to hold Grandmaster Wong's both hands in such a way that it seems there is no escape. But Grandmaster Wong merely retreats a small step and counters with “Double Swallows Flying Separately”.

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Following Opponent to Bridge Gap

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Then how would you defend against an armed opponent when you are unarmed. When you grip his hand to disarm him, he retreats a step and strikes you. One effective way is to follow his retreat to bridge the gap he attempts to create. The Unicorn-Step is very useful for this purpose. Then subdue him accordingly.

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Double Butterflies Flying

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Grandmaster Wong leads the class in performing Sequence 7 which includes the important technique of “making flowers”. The pattern used to implement this technique is “Double Butterflies Flying”. The other two patterns are “Golden Knife Chops Rock” and “Double Dragons Emerge from Sea”.

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LINKS

Review of UK Summer Camp 2007 Weapon Course

Click here for an Overview of the entire course

  1. Introducing the Butterfly Knives
  2. Fierce Tiger and Moon-Gazing Rhinoceros
  3. How would you Counter a Spear Thrust?
  4. Counters against Chops and Sweeps of Other Weapons
  5. Butterfly Knives Against a Saber
  6. The Secret of Performing Butterfly Knives with Force and Speed but Without being Tired
  7. Yin-Yang Butterfly Knives and Close-Combat Applications
  8. Some Interesting Applications of Butterfly Knives Held in Reverse
  9. Combat Training with Weapons Must be Injury Free
  10. How do you Release your Butterfly Knives from being Locked?
  1. Learning to Make Flowers Systematically
  2. Combat Applications of Double Butterflies Flying
  3. Human-Character and Cross-Road are Found Here
  4. Kungfu Training and Mental Clarity
  5. Learning the Combat Applications of the Butterfly Knives against Other Weapons
  6. The Benefits of Combat Training with Classical Weapons
  7. From Slow and Systematic to Fast and Spontaneous
  8. First-Class Kungfu Calls for Great Skills and Techniques

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