shaolin kung fu

Dr Damian fells Nick onto the ground unexpectedly using the inconspicuous“leg-drag” technique

As mentioned earlier, throwing is only one of many techniques in Shaolin Kungfu used to fell an opponent onto the ground. Shaolin Kungfu makes uses of a great variety of methods, which are also very versatile. A Shaolin master may change from one felling technique to another, yet still using the same pattern.

Two felling techniques are demonstrated in this video series, namely “leg-drag” and “leading”. Other felling techniques, like “sweeping”, “sinking elbow” and “pulling back”, are demonstrated in earlier series.

The “leg-drag” is interesting. You fell an opponent without him knowing what has happened. The pattern implementing the “lead” technique is “Pakua Palm Technique”. Initially Grandmaster Wong plans to use this pattern to implement the “push” technique, but changes to the “lead” technique yet without changing the pattern.

Please click the pictures below to view the videos

Starting from the basic Felling Technique


Nick and Dr Damian are formulating a combat sequence from their specialize Five-Animal Set incorporating felling attacks. Like the others, they use Combat Sequence 13, “Felling Tree with Roots”, as a base to start with. Notice that if you are familiar with this sequence, it is quite easy to fell an opponent.

Modifications from Unicorn Step


Dr Damian starts his modification from the basic counter using a Unicorn Step. Dr Damian could press down at Nick's arm using “Lohan Tames Tiger” to fracture it or dislocate Nick's elbow, but he chooses to strike Nick's ribs with a leopard punch. Nick responds with “Green Dragon Shoots Pearl”.

Felling Opponent with Leg-Drag


Instead of applying “Lohan Tames Tiger” in the normal way using a Bow-Arrow Stance, Grandmaster Wong first fells Nick on to the ground using a “leg-drag”. This is one of many ways in Shaolin Kungfu to fell opponents. The pattern used is still “Lohan Tames Tiger”, but executed in a different way, resulting in better control of the opponent, illustrating again the beauty and profundity of Shaolin Kungfu.

Felling an Opponent Unexpectedly


Dr Damian applies the “leg-drag” to fell Nick onto the ground. The back leg of the Unicorn Step is used as an anchor. The fall is unexpected, and may result in the opponent breaking his arm or leg. So do be very careful when applying this technique on a sparring partner, who must also know how to break fall. Notice how Nick breaks his fall without sustaining any injury.

Ensure Coverage when Felling Opponent


Grandmaster Wong illustrates the fine points in applying the “leg-drag”. Often the opponent does not know how or why he falls. Make sure you do not expose your groin when your opponent is on the ground.

Flawless Execution after Correct and Persistent Training


This time Dr Damian applies the “leg-drag” felling technique very well. Nick breaks fall very well too. If one could maintain this rate of progress, within six months of training he can execute the technique flawlessly.

Formulating Counters against Throws


This is the first time Dr Damian and Sifu Anthony are working out this sequence. Hence, their movements are slow and interrupted. Dr Damian is acting as an attacker to help Sifu Anthony formulate some effective counters against throws.

Pakua Palm Technique


This is the “Pakua Palm Technique”. As its name implies, it is a signature pattern and technique in the Shaolin Pakua Set. However, as the situation warrants it, the frontal Bow-Arrow Stance is changed to a reversed Bow-Arrow Stance, thus applying the pattern like “Lead Horse Back to Stable”. Note the three harmonies of hands, body and feet, which are necessary for a successful application of the felling technique.

You can view all the videos above by clicking the picture or the caption below

Felling an Opponent Without him Realizing What has Happened from Wong Kiew Kit on Vimeo.


How to Think and Act as a Master

Click here for an Overview of the entire course

  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

Courses and Classes