Shaolin Kung Fu against Wrestling

As a Wrestler attempts to shoot, Grandmaster Wong sinks onto the ground and immobilizes him using the Shaolin pattern "Fierce Tiger Crouches on Ground"

What many people may not realize is that Wrestling is a sport, and not a fighting art. As a sport, it is necessarily governed by safety rules, whereas there are no rules in a real fighting art. This does not mean that a Wrestler is not a formidable fighter. A Wrestler, especially a professional one, can be powerful and deadly, and may kill an opponent easily.

But one must remember that, especially if you are an amateur, using Wrestling for real fighting without any safety rules can be very dangerous. Indeed, rushing in head-on without adequate protection attempting to throw an opponent using a Wrestling technique known as “the shoot” is suicidal.

There were some heated debates in the past in our Shaolin Wahnam Discussion Forum on whether kungfu exponents could stop “the shoot” of a Wrestler. Some of our instructors, like Sifu Anthony Korahais and Sifu Jamie Robson, believed that a powerful strike by an internal master on the head or eyes of the Wrestler as he charges in, could cause him serious or even fatal injury. But some Wrestling supporters agued that the Wrestler would be tough enough to take the strike. As usual, we leave others to their opinions, but we in Shaolin Wahnam would certainly not take the risk.

There were also some who argued that the Wrestler would be too fast for a kungfu exponent to strike him. These Wrestling supporters made a serious mistake in combat philosophy -- they presumed that their opponents were incompetent. In kungfu philosophy we hold the reverse attitude — we always assume that our opponents are capable, therefore we must always take precaution.

Moreover, the Wrestling supporters did not realize that if a Wrestler was skillful enough to avoid the counter-attacks of an opponent and successfully grasped the opponent's legs, the Wrestler could have defeated the opponent by striking the latter's groins, dan tian or other vital spots without having to fell the opponent onto the ground first, and then to subdue him. In other words, it was a question of skills and not of tactics and techniques.

On the other hand, not many people know that there are many Shaolin techniques to counter Wrestling attacks before, during or even after the attacking process. Sifu Kai Uwe Jettkandt of Shaolin Wahnam Germany, who is also a grappling master, demonstrates some of these techniques here.

Some basic Shaolin techniques against Wrestling practiced by the course participants of the Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course of October 2006 are shown in the video clips below. The first three clips were taken before they were taught effective techniques against Wrestling. They used whatever techniques they found useful from their own judgment. The last two clips were taken after the participants had learnt some effective kungfu techniques against Wrestling. It is obvious that there is some marked difference in their combat efficiency.

Please chick the pictures or the captions below to view the videos

Shaolin Preventing a Wrestling from Attacking

Andy employs Shaolin techniques to prevent a Wrestler from attacking.

Shaolin Elbowing a Wrestler's Head

James attempts to work out ways to prevent a Wrestler grappling him. Eventually he manages to elbow the Wrestler's head.

Shaolin Keeping a Wrestler at Bay

Roeland manages to keep a Wrestler at bay, but another Wrestler shoots Eugene onto the ground.

Shaolin The Importance of Stances in Handling a Wrestler

Sifu Ronan shows some effective ways to counter a Wrestler's shoot. The superiority of Sifu Ronan's methods over the earlier methods by other course participants is that Sifu Ronan stays at his stances effectively.

Shaolin Retreating a Step to Avoid the Wrestler's Momentum

If a Wrestler charges in too closely, the kungfu exponent should retreat a step to avoid the Wrestler's momentum, and simultaneously strikes the opponent's head.

Shaolin Squat Down if Wrestler Has Grasped your Legs

If you cannot move a step back because a Wrestler has successfully grasped your legs, then squat down immediately. This will prevent the Wrestler from felling you.

Shaolin Locking the Wrestler's Hands

By squatting down, you lock the Wrestler's hands and also immobilize him. You can then defeat him with a decisive strike.

Shaolin Preventing a Wrestler from Pushing you Over

A strong Wrestler can still fell you over by pushing forward. To counter him, you also push forward with your body. When a Wrestler pushes forward, his neck could be choked.

Shaolin Striking a Wrestler's Head

As a Wrestler shoots forward, you can retreat a step and simultaneously strike his head. Or you may squat down and strike his back.

Shaolin Gripping a Wrestler's Body

If a Wrestler has succeeded in felling you, you could grip the Wrestler's body with your legs, and then strike him.

Shaolin Lazy Bear Looks at Sun

Sifu Ronan repeats the Shaolin counter against a Wrestler's shoot. This Shaolin pattern is called “Lazy Bear Looks at Sun”.

Shaolin Turning the Body to Grip an Opponent

Sifu Ronan explains that to execute the technique correctly, he should follow the Wrestler's momentum and turn his body while falling so that his legs are free to grip the opponent.

Shaolin Carp Turns Body

Even when you have been pinned to the ground by a Wrestler, you can skillfully turn your body and pin him down instead. This pattern is called “Crap Turns Body”.

Shaolin Fierce Tiger Crouches on Ground

Course participants practice locking Wrestlers on the ground as they attempt their shoots. This Shaolin pattern is called “Fierce Tiger Crouches on Ground”.

Shaolin Turning the Table Around

Course participants practice the technique of turning the table around and pinning opponents instead.

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How to Use Shaolin Kungfu to Handle a Wrestling Exponent from Wong Kiew Kit on Vimeo.

Fundamental Shaolin Kungfu Training Programme of Shaolin Wahnam

1. Stances: the Foundation for Internal Force and Combat Efficiency
2. Footwork Secrets for Health, Efficiency and Elegance
3. Moving into a Same Direction using Different Ways to Gain Advantages
4. Picture-Perfect Forms and Flowing Movements
5. From Random Fighting to Patterns, and from Patterns to Sequences and Sets

6. One-Step Sparring to Develop Combat Skills
7. From Pre-Arranged Sparring to Guided Sparring
8. Using Techniques and Tactics in Sparring

9. The Five Basic Kicks
10. The Secrets of Side Kicks and Continuous Cannons
11. How You may Defeat Opponents Experienced in Random Free Sparring
12. How Would a Fragile Girl Counter a Powerful Sweeping Kick from a Muay Thai Fighter?

13. Shaolin Felling Techniques and their Defences
14. Safety First Before Executing Felling Techniques

15. From Combat Sequences to Free Sparring
16. Sixteen Combat Sequences and Five Kungfu Sets
17. Surprise your Attacker with a Counter-Attack

18. Working out Ways to Fight a Boxer
19. Effective Tactics and Techniques against Boxers
20. From Gross Outline to Fine Details
21. Exploiting Advantage to Clinch Victory
22. Variety of Kungfu Techniques against Boxers
23. Analysis of Techniques Used against Boxers
24. Using Shaolin Kunfu against Boxing in Free Sparring

25. Effective Shaolin Tactics and Techniques against Kick-Boxing
26. Shaolin Kungfu against Kick-Boxing in Free Sparring

27. How to Handle a Karate Exponent
28. How to Handle a Taekwondo Exponent
29. How to Handle a Wrestling Exponent

30. Understanding the Typical Attacks of Muay Thai Fighters
31. Grandmaster Ho's Secrets in Countering Muay Thai Fighters
32. First Avoid Defeat, Then Secure Victory
33. Counteroing the Elbow and Knee Attacks of Muay Thai Fighters


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