Fundamentals of Kung Fu Course
Developing, applying and excelling in the fundamental skills of authentic and effective Kungfu ... everywhere ... Useful skills for every aspect of modern life.
No one can be proficient in kungfu by merely attaining an intensive course. The purpose of the course is to provide students with fundamental skills and techniques; subsequent diligent practice is necessary.
Intending students should also note that while combat efficiency is emphasized, this
course is never meant for street combat or prize-fighting.
- Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit
6th to 9th June 2017 - Guildford, Surrey
The focus this year for both the Chi Kung and Kung Fu courses is to develop, realize and apply the fundamental skills in all circumstances, whatever the situation, everywhere – something we can all benefit from remembering, regardless of the level we believe we are at.
We are really excited about this year’s Kung Fu Summer Camp and wanted to explain what it is about.
We designed this course with Sifu to go back to the foundations/core of Kung Fu – so that people could make sure they really understand the scope of the foundations, how to train them and how to apply them.
they can actually apply it in a combat situation
they get all of the benefits of Chi Kung and the extra benefits of Kung Fu (energy and how to apply it, mental clarity, peacefulness/calmness in the face of whatever external circumstances – these extras are all essential in any spiritual practice)
they can actually put the skills into practice in everyday life
if they want, they can actually apply these skills in any spiritual practice
they haven't or don’t lose their way in their training
they can continue to progress usefully and safely
This is important…
As you can see from the above, Kung Fu is about a lot more than just fighting. Obviously on this course Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit will be teaching combat applications and how to make them effective. Naturally to get the benefits of Kung Fu it has to be trained in this way. However, most of us will never have to fight. More importantly on this course you will learn how to get all of the mind/spirit/energy benefits of Kung Fu and learn how to apply them in everyday life.
Shaolin teaching discourages fighting, but equips people to deal effectively with conflict, both internal and external. The aim of this course is teach Kung Fu in a way that doesn’t lead to anyone hurting but does lead to healing, happiness and peace.
And you get a chance to learn all of this from a man who:
has been practicing for more than 60 years
actually gets the benefits
continues to hone his understanding and application in his life
continuously improves the way he teaches to include his own developments/learning
The course outline
Note: Prior to the course you will have chosen one of the four combat sequences (shown lower on this page). Before the course you should review the video and practice until you at least know the sequence. Ideally by the time you get to the course you will be able to perform the short sequence in a flowing way without having to pause to remember the next pattern.
Each day Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit will focus on 1 of the fundamentals:
Fundamental skills of stances, footwork and movement
Fundamental skills of spacing and timing
Fundamental skills of bridging, covering and entering
Fundamental skills of force training
Every morning he will teach his latest understanding on how to train and develop one of the skills. He will have time to focus on each individual and how they can specifically improve in that aspect of their training.
Every afternoon you will apply the mornings learning to your chosen sequence, with Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit’s guidance. He will be specifically teaching how both the fundamental and the combat skills can be applied in everyday life.
Over the course of the week each student will be taken through the progressive ‘Shaolin Wahnam Sparring Methodology’. This means every person will have an opportunity to improve in applying their skills in a safe and friendly environment.
Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit will also be bringing all of the learning from the fundamentals into one of the treasures of Shaolin Kung Fu – One Finger Shooting Zen. This is a short but profound skill that can generate tremendous amounts of energy. The essence of this has been passed down through the Shaolin lineage. Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit received this from his teacher, Sifu Ho Fat Nam, who in turn had it passed onto him from through the lineage leading back to the Venerable Jiang Nan.
Prepare for the Summer Camp
In this video Sifu Wong demonstrates combat sequence 1 of 4 combat sequences. Students of the UK Shaolin Summer Camp are invited to choose 1 combat sequence and practice it at least 30 times everyday, until arrival at the Kung Fu course. By practicing this or one of the other sequences everyday the student will be better equipped to handle and defeat any style of fighter. It will also increase speed, balance, fluidity and force, as well as being great fun. During the course students will be taught by the Grandmaster how to really apply them.
As well as training for combat the training of genuine Kung Fu, such as this, is excellent for improving all aspects of life, whatever you do.
Combat Sequence 1 Training Video
Combat Sequence 2 Training Video
Each combat sequence demonstrated by Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit is different. Depending on your preference, style and skill you may find that one flows better than another for you. Perhaps practice each one of the four sequences a few times and see which one fits. You may be surprised with the results.
Each sequence is shown with a left and right mode ending, to take into consideration what mode your opponent is in.
Combat Sequence 3 Training Video
To be able to use Kung Fu patterns in free sparring, first practice the Kung Fu techniques in combat sequence training. This can be broken down to single patterns, as shown in the second part of the videos. Once proficient in each pattern they can be practiced as a sequence. This forms part of our sparring methodology enabling students to be able to effectively use genuine Kung Fu patterns in sparring, not just for show.
Combat Sequence 4 Training Video
Why are most kungfu practitioners today unable to use their kungfu for combat? It is because they have not been taught to do so. Why haven't their schools or systems taught them kungfu combat? It is because somewhere in their generation line they have lost their sparring methodology? Hence, the majority of kungfu practitioners today — students as well as masters — either do not spar at all, or if they ever spar they use other martial art techniques. If students follow the prescribed methodology and practice sufficiently, they will find free sparring a natural progression.
Practicing Combat Sequence 1 Training Video 1
What’s it like to practice the combat sequences? How easy are they to learn? Are they effective in sparring?
Well, we like to know as well. So as part of our preparing for the Summer Camp we spent one of our training sessions going through combat sequence 1. This video does not show how to apply it in free sparring, but the steps that would lead to free sparring, (which will be shown if future videos) and what it is like to train the sequence.
Practicing Combat Sequence 1
This week the students got to flow a little more with their combat sequence. The movements are now requiring less thought, adjustment is starting to happen naturally, and they are able to use the sequence to press their opponent. The kick in the sequence is now looking quite dangerous and will soon be performed as a ’no shadow kick’.
Practicing Combat Sequence 1
In week 3 the students are already feeling used to the flow of the sequence, so no longer have to think about what comes next. Now they can work on smoothing out the patterns in flowing movement, then apply it in combat. They also tried out the combat sequence in response to an attack and turning the tables. Both being aspects of skills leading to free sparring.
Practicing Combat Sequence 1
Each week some of the Kung Fu students have practiced combat sequence 1 of 4 to gradually increase their skills in using the sequence. In this video the students use each pattern from the set as a stance to build internal force and also help the body ingrain the pattern without thinking. Parts of the set are isolated and practiced to improve on spacing and timing (another important aspect of the sparring methodology in our school).
In the flow of the sequence sometimes the attacker may make a spontaneous change to his sequence to take into consideration a counter or movement from his opponent, then he continues with his sequence as practiced. During this weeks training there was a noticeable increase in force used. Whilst this wasn’t part of the plan for this week it demonstrated that they were getting more used to the set now, so could flow more freely. More fore and intent to strike is also part of the methodology.
Practicing Combat Sequence 1
In this weeks video the attacker has to adjust his footwork and respond accordingly with his combat sequence as the defender retreats randomly, instead of linear as previously. The defender also responds with the occasional counter, so the attacker needs to move in safely, creating a bridge or opening before they strike.
(Please note there is no week 5 video)
The intention is to complete the combat sequence, however sometimes just in a few moves the defender is pushed off the mat and there is no need to continue. On other occasions the attacker may miss out some patterns when they see an opening and move straight to the finishing move, which in this sequence is a felling technique.
The attacker also pays attention not to rush in blindly, but to move in swiftly, with force, whilst covering.