Join Sifu Kisu for a hands-on workshop and instruction in Northern Kung Fu styles on Sunday from 1pm to 3.30pm. This course is limited admission and involves an extra fee of $40, payable via cash only. Those interested in the course should be present at Sifu Kisu’s workshop room (room 303) on Sunday at 12pm.
Tun Da Course
Form No. 6 – Close-Encounter Combinations (Short Strikes)
The emphasis of this form is on techniques and combinations that are applied when up- close (within arms reach) with your opponent. In contrast to the short-range (or short- hand) Southern Kung Fu styles such as Wing Chun and Southern Praying Mantis, this set also includes techniques and tactics of how to get into close range with your opponent from a distance. Like all short range fighting styles, combinations include hand trapping, simultaneous block-strike techniques, and footwork/tactics to ‘stick’ to the opponent. The uniqueness in the Northern Shaolin Short Strikes is the ‘blending in’ or ‘smooth and subtle transitions’ with long-range techniques. It has the advantage over other short-range styles in that movements include high-and-low position shifting in addition to side-to-side shifting. Close-in executions of ground sweeping and high/jumping kicks are also skills that others don’t have. This is the easiest form to learn because of its direct movements (therefore it is taught first), yet its the most difficult to master. The main challenge is for the practitioner to overcome his intuitive ‘fear’ when up-close, and the development of keen senses and reflexes required in short-range fighting. It is ‘harder’ than you think!