Shaolin Kungfu

Executing a sweeping kick

Many people move back when an opponent attacks. This is a big mistake, especially when the opponent uses kicks frequently, like in Muay Thai, Kick-Boxing and Taekwondo. By moving back you give your opponent his tactical as well as technical advantages.

You should stand at your stance, and move in to counter-attack when appropriate. Should you block his kicks? Generally no. Bociking kicks also gives the attack tactical and technical advantages. Wouldn't you he kicked if you don't block and don't move back?

Make good use of your stances. You can avoid his kicks as well as hand strikes by shifting your body backward without moving your feet. If he kicks, strike his kicking legs. If he strikes, cover his hands and move in to counter-attack.

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Shaolin Kung Fu Importance of Timing and Spacing over Techniques

A Muay Thai fighter attacks with typical Muay Thai techniques, including the much dreaded knee strikes. A resonder gives a correct counter, but his timing and spacing are wrong, illustrating their importance over techniques in combat.

Shaolin Kung Fu Sequence of Frontal Kick, Sweeping Kick and Knee Strike

Both combatants go over the Muay Thai attacks to observe their movements and work out some good counters using Shaolin techniques. The Muay Thai attacks come in a sequence of three kicks — frontal, sweeping and knee. How would you defend against or counter such attacks?

Shaolin Kung Fu A Series of Muay Thai Kicks

Participants go over the series of three Muay Thai kicks. These kicks are also found in Shaolin Kungfu as “Little Bird Show Toes”, "Naughty Monkey Kicks at Tree” and “Jade Girl Kicks Shuttle”.

Shaolin Kung Fu Working out Some Effective Counters

Participants try out the Muay Thai attacks on one another and work out some effective counters. Trying to find the answers for oneself before being shown is an important aspect of our training. Please note that some of the participants here are beginners.

Shaolin Kung Fu Forceful and Realistic, yet Gentle and Graceful

When we are forceful, we are proud to be gentle and graceful when compared to the tough fighting of most other martial artists. Most other people may find it hard to comprehend how one can be forceful and gentle.

Shaolin Kung Fu Shaolin Counters against Muay Thai Kicks

Here are some Shaolin counters against the series of Muay Thai kicks. As the Muay Thai fighter initiates his frontal kick, avoid his kick and simultaneously strike his leg. As he executes a sweeping kick, slant the body back to let the kick pass. When he grips your head and throws knee strikes at you, ward of his hands as you step back and simultaneously strike him.

Shaolin Kung Fu Advancing by Retreating, Long against Short

The Shaolin counters against the three Muay Thai kicking attacks are shown again in slow motion. Strike the kicking leg, avoid the sweeping kick, and ward of the grip and simultaneously strike. The opponent's knee attack would be unable to reach you. Here you use the principles of “advancing by retreating”, and “long against short”.

Shaolin Kung Fu Spacing is Important for Effective Counter

Spacing is important in combat. You may use the same techniques, but if your spacing is incorrect, as shown here, your counter would be ineffective. Here, you must not retreat too much while applying “advancing by retreating, long against short”.

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How do You Counter Continuous Kicks from Wong Kiew Kit on Vimeo.

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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