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Sifu Eugene lifts up Adam and throws him onto the ground

Wrestling throws are found in Shaolin Kungfu too. In fact, they are more sophisticated. Wrestling throws are usually exposed as attackers are protected by safety rules, but Shaolin throws are always covered, with the exponents' safety taking top priority.

Some examples of Shaolin throws that are similar to but not quite the same as Wrestling throws are “Angry Bull Charges at Fence”, “Jade Belt Surrounds Waist” and “Drunken Man Retains Friend”.

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Vulnerability of the Shoot

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A Wresting shoot makes the attacker very vulnerable. In Wrestling, where the shoot is often used, the attacker is protected by safety rules where dangerous counters are not allowed, but if one forgets this point and uses the shoot in real fighting, he exposes himself to serious injuries.

Angry Bull Charges at Fence

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If an attacker is fast, or if you are slow, he will put you onto the ground with a shoot. In other words, despite the technique being inferior, an attacker using the shoot may still defeat his opponent because of his superior skill. If the skill level is similar, such an attack is offering one's defeat without the opponent making extra effort. “Angry Bull Charges at Fence” is like a shoot, but a crucial difference is that the exponent is well covered when applying this Shaolin technique.

Three Points of Time when Countering

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There are three points of time when countering — initial, transitional and established. In order to learn the counters, participants let the attacker complete his attack before countering. Here, Sifu Roland fells Adam and puts him in a Wrestling hold.

Lohan Worships the Buddha

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Sifu Roland applies a Wrestling lock on Adam. In Shaolin Kungfu this pattern is called “Lohan Worships the Buddha”. How would you counter if an opponent successfully puts you onto the ground and pins you down in this way?

Jade Belt Surrounds the Waist

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Here is another common Wrestling technique to fell an opponent. In Shaolin Kungfu such a pattern is called “Jade Belt Surrounds Waist”. But there is a crucial difference. Do you know what it is? In the Wrestling technique, the attacker is exposed, but in the Shaolin technique the attacker is well covered.

Hiding Flowers in the Sleeves

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As Adam attempts the shoot, Sifu Roland counters with “Hiding Flowers in the Sleeves”, which could suffocate the opponent with an arm lock on his neck. In a real fight, the exponent could tear the attacker's throat or gorge the attacker's eyes.

Drunken Man Retains Friend

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Adam shows another Wrestling throw. In Shaolin Kungfu it is known as “Drunken Man Retains Friend”. Of course there is a crucial difference between the Wrestling throw and the Shaolin throw. In Shaolin Kungfu we always cover ourselves to be safe first, before executing any attack. But how would you cover your opponent in this throw?

Uplift or Emptying Rucksack

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Here is still another Wrestling throw, the uplift, demonstrated by Sifu Eugene on Adam. An obvious indication this is a Wrestling throw and not a Shaolin throw is that the opponent's left hand is not covered and thus may execute a surprised counter-attack. In Shaolin Kungfu, a similar pattern but where the opponent is safely covered is known as “Lohan Emptying Rucksack”

How would you Cover yourself Safely?

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We know that this felling technique demonstrated by Sifu Eugene is a Wrestling Uplift and not a Shaolin “Lohan Emptying Racksack” because the opponent's hands are left uncovered. If you are applying “Lohan Emptying Rucksack”, how would you cover yourself safely in the throw?

Green Frog Crouching on Ground

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Sifu Eugene demonstrates again the Wrestling Uplift. After throwing Adam, Sifu Eugene pins him onto the ground with a Wrestling hold. In Shaolin Kungfu, this pattern is called “Green Frog Crouching on Ground”.

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  1. Returning to the Basics
  2. Form, Force, Flow and Element of Threat
  3. Reviewing the Basic Combat Sequences
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  2. The Tiger-Crane Set — Manifesting the Hard and the Soft in Shaolin Kungfu
  3. The Dragon-Tiger Set — Crystallization of Two Wahnam Traditions
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  5. One-Finger Shooting Zen — the Treasure of Shaolin Wahnam
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  8. Monkey Techniques are Flowing and Agile but can be Very Devastating
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  10. Beware of the Monkey Tricks
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