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Grandmaster Wong giving on the spot advice on how to enhance skill levels with the same techniques

Having raised our levels of techniques and tactics, we can raise our skill level. The same technique or tactic performed at different skill levels can have vastly different results.

In our 16 basic combat sequences, we place much importance to spacing and timing. Here in the special combat sequences, we bring spacing and timing to more sophisticated levels.

For example, by adjusting the angle we face our opponent or by the manner we tame our opponents' hands, we can make it difficult for them to attack and defend. By reducing big movements we can speed up our attack, and by purposely slowing down we can trick our opponents to respond the way we want.

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Don't Push the Opponent Away


Having taken note of some possible variations, Adam now reverts back to his originally planned combat sequence where he responds to Peter's “Green Dragon Shoots Pearl” with “Swimming Dragon Plays with Water”. He should not push the opponent away as this will make the counter-attack ineffective, but glide along the opponent's arm.

Different Effect due to Skillful Footwork


Now Grandmaster Wong helps Peter to improve his skills. He advises Peter not to move too far back but to adjust his footwork. Notice the different level of skill in footwork makes a big difference in the effect of executing the same technique.

Same Technique Executed at Different Skill Levels


Peter responds to Adam's attack with “Green Dragon Shoots Pearl”. The technique is good, but the skill in implementing it is not. First, Grandmaster Wong shows how the technique should not be executed. Then he demonstrates executing the same technique with a higher level of skill. Can you see the subtle difference? If you can't, a clue is that in the first case it is easy for Adam to counter-strike, but in the second case it is difficult.

Establishing Higher Level Techniques


Now Adam and Peter perform the whole combat sequence. It is obvious that the techniques here are of a higher level than those in the 16 combat sequences. Having established the techniques, Grandmaster Wong proceeds to help them to raise the level of their skills in executing these higher level techniques (to be shown in subsequent video clips). What skills do you think are involved?

Two Improvements on Combat Skills


Two improvements on skills are made here. The first is “angling”, and the second better control of opponent's hand. By shifting his back leg slightly, Peter positions himself at a more effective angle against his opponent. Secondly, by pushing the opponent's hand further away, it is more difficult for him to counter. These two improvements make an obvious difference in combat efficiency.

Taming the Opponent's Hand


Another improvement in skills is made in the way to tame an opponent's hand. Many martial artists do not “tame” their opponent's hands when attacking, thus exposing themselves to dangerous counter-attacks. Their opponents do not exploit this situation simply because they do not know about it. We do not only “tame” our opponent's hands, but also seek to do so most effectively.

Effectiveness of Improved Skills


The effectiveness of taming the opponent's hand is evident in this video. For a moment Adam is unable to continue with his planned counter. He moves to the other side instead. Grandmaster Wong says that he still can carry on with his planned counter. By improving his skill, Adam succeeds in doing so. Do you know how he does so? But his spacing is too close, which results in certain disadvantages.

Improved Techniques Performed with High Level Skills


By improving his body position, Adam improves the effectiveness of his counter. Peter's response is extravagant. Here are two better counters, which are faster and flow more smoothly. The improvement here is on techniques which are executed in high level skills. Notice that in the first case, Adam is caught by surprise, and in the second case he is thrown off-balanced.

Circular Movement to Facilitate Chi Flow


Here is how to improve the skill in performing “Green Dragon Shoots Pearl”. The striking arm should not be straight, otherwise it would lock the chi flow at the shoulder or elbow. The palm strike should move in an arc to facilitate chi flow, but the arc is not noticeable that others may think it is a straight line.

Enhancing Combat Efficiency with Higher Skill and Technique Levels


Adam and Peter now perform their combat sequence with improved skills and techniques. Of course by raising both the skill level and the technique level, combat efficiency is much enhanced. This is one of the main aims of the Special Shaolin Kungfu Course.

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  1. Returning to the Basics
  2. Form, Force, Flow and Element of Threat
  3. Reviewing the Basic Combat Sequences
  4. Devising Strategies Using Combat Sequences
  5. Applying Strategies for Effective Combat
  6. Free Sparring with Prescribed Conditions
  7. Combat Sequences to Train Spontaneous Attacks and Responses
  8. Using Strategies and Tactics in Attack and Defence
  9. It is Heartening to see so Many People Using Kungfu in Free Sparring
  10. Felling and Gripping Techniques in Shaolin Kungfu
  1. How Sequence Training and Chi Flow Enhance Combat Efficiency
  2. The Tiger-Crane Set — Manifesting the Hard and the Soft in Shaolin Kungfu
  3. The Dragon-Tiger Set — Crystallization of Two Wahnam Traditions
  4. The Dragon-Form Set — Demonstrating that Softness Can be Very Powerful
  5. Shaolin Monkey Set — Symbolizing Spiritual Path from Cheekiness to Enlightenment
  6. Shaolin Five-Animal Set — Gist of Shaolin Forms and Essence
  7. Shaolin Pakua Set Set — An Exclusive Set Fit for Kings and Generals
  8. Combat Application pf Pakua — Sharing Secrets for Combat Efficiency
  9. Beginning to Learn some Monkey Tricks
  10. Refining Techniques in Combat
  1. Some Examples of High level Combat
  2. Collective Effort for Greater Benefits
  3. Can Sophisticated Kungfu Techniques be Used in Combat?
  4. Skills are usually More Important than Techniques
  5. One-Finger Shooting Zen — the Treasure of Shaolin Wahnam
  6. Raising Levels of Techniques and Tactics in Combat
  7. Bringing Combat Skills to More Sophisticated Levels
  8. Monkey Techniques are Flowing and Agile but can be Very Devastating
  9. Flowing with the Opponent's Momentum
  10. Beware of the Monkey Tricks
  1. Marvelous Techniques Beget Marvelous Techniques
  2. How to Raise your Level of Combat
  3. How you can Defeat your Opponents
  4. Employing Sophisticated Kungfu Techniques to Enhance Combat Efficiency
  5. Systematic Training is Essential for Combat Efficiency
  6. Raising Combat Efficiency from Basic to Advanced Levels
  7. Kungfu Philosophy and Swaying Willows
  8. Hands Pave the Way, Kicks to Clinch Victory
  9. Six Harmonies of the Double Tiger Claws
  10. The Amazement and Effectiveness of Monkey Kicks
  1. A Bag Full of Monkey Tricks
  2. Gentle and Flowing, yet Very Powerful
  3. Can your Responses still be Correct and Spontaneous in Real Fights?
  4. Incorporating Kicks into Combat Sequences
  5. Elaborate Patterns to Meet Complex Combat Situations
  6. The Benefits of Understanding and Applying Kungfu Philosophy
  7. Our Kungfu is a Training of Energy and Mind
  8. Ensuring Own Safety when Felling Opponents
  9. The Beauty and Profundity of Shaolin Felling Techniques
  10. Felling Techniques of the Dragon and the Monkey
  1. Felling an Opponent Without him Realizing What has Happened
  2. Pattern Analysis of the Tiger-Crane Set
  3. Tiger Patterns for Chin-Na, Against Kicks and Countering the Shoot
  4. Pattern Analysis of the Dragon-Tiger Set
  5. Revealing the Secret Tactic of Leak Hand
  6. From the Level of Techniques to the Levels of Tactics and Strategies
  7. Pattern Analysis of the Dragon-Form Set
  8. Effective Techniques for Fighting on the Ground
  9. Pattern Analysis of the Monkey Set
  10. Soft Techniques and Internal Force in Monkey Kungfu
  1. Interesting Monkey Patterns that are Deadly for Combat
  2. Pattern Analysis of the Pakua Set
  3. Pattern Analysis of the Five-Animal Set
  4. Variety of Techniques in Shaolin Five Animals
  5. Investigating the Combat Applications of Some Patterns
  6. Similar Patterns but Different Applications
  7. Effective Counters against Kicks, Grips and Knee Jabs
  8. Secrets of Skyward Cannon Punch in Continuous Attack
  9. Cannon Punch Towards Sky and Fierce Tiger Crouching on Ground
  10. Flowing Monkey Techniques against Powerful Tiger Claws
  1. Sophisticated Grips and Sophisticated Counters
  2. Breaking an Opponent's Elbow and Wrist
  3. Neutralizing Wrist Lock and the Three Harmonies
  4. Advanced Chin-Na Techniques and Counters
  5. Two Stories about Kicks
  6. How to Respond to Attacks Spontaneously and Correctly
  7. Can Beautiful Patterns and Flowing Movements be Effective in Combat?
  8. Linking Combat Sequences into a Set
  9. From Pre-Arranged Sparring to Combat Efficiency
  10. Crystalization of Combat Techniques from Past Masters
  1. Hei Sai or the Spirit of Energy
  2. Manifesting the Energy and Spirit of your Form
  3. Manifesting the Spirit of the Form
  4. Kungfu Practice is not just Physical Training but also Spiritual Cultivation
  5. Fluidity of Form, Energy and Spirit
  6. Shaolin Kungfu is Chi Kung and Meditation
  7. Revealing the Secrets of Shaolin Masters
  8. The Profundity of Shaolin Combat Application
  9. It is Easy to Fight against Boxers
  10. Avoiding a Boxer's Strong Points and Attacking his Weaknesses
  1. Some Effective Tactics against Boxers
  2. The Strategy of Not Allowing an Opponent to Escape
  3. The Strategy of Letting Trick Manifesting Trick
  4. The Strategies of Interception and of Striking Form
  5. Standardized Routines of Kick-Boxing Attacks
  6. Some Effective Counters to Kick-Boxing Attacks
  7. Felling a Kick-Boxer when he Kicks
  8. The Secrets of Two Tigers Subdue Dragon
  9. Shaolin Counters against Kick-Boxing and Karate
  10. Some Important Combat Philosophy and Principles
  1. It is Relatively Easy to Handle Karate Attacks
  2. Good Spacing When Executing Kicks
  3. A Variety of Taekwondo Kicks
  4. Effective Shaolin Counters against Taekwondo Kicks
  5. Trapping Legs and Subduing Opponents
  6. Making Expedient Changes to Surprised Attacks
  7. The Legacy of Sigung Ho Fatt Nam — Planting Willow in Front of Camp
  8. Having Fun in Throws and their Counters
  9. Sharing the Secret of Move Stance Change Step
  10. Some Unorthodox Felling Techniques Not Commonly Seen
  1. Felling Opponents with your Stances!
  2. Beware of Monkeys; they are Expert at Plucking Peaches
  3. Sophisticated Footwork and Leg Techniques of Monkeys and Gorillas
  4. Wrestling Throws are Found in Shaolin Kungfu Too
  5. Real Fighting is Different from Martial Sports
  6. Who Says there is no Ground-Fighting in Shaolin Kungfu
  7. An Incredible Secret of One-Finger Zen
  8. Understanding Muay Thai Fighting Strategies and Techniques
  9. Various Strategies to Counter Muay Thai Fighters
  10. Responding to Muay Thai Attacks Spontaneously and Correctly
  1. Avoiding Opponent's Strength and Attacking his Weakness
  2. Effective Ways to Counter Sweeping Kicks
  3. Effective Counters against Knee and Elbow Strikes
  4. Crouching Tiger against Grab Neck Elbow Strike
  5. Shaolin Kungfu for Combat Efficiency, Good Health and Spiritual Development

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