At Kung Fu Ottawa we believe in training the basics. These include learning the various horse stances, footwork and mobility drills, punches and kicks, as well as the basic forms of Choy Lee Fut. Once a strong foundation has been achieved, the practitioner then moves on to study a rich variety of training methods to take your kung fu to the next level, which include:
San Sou Techniques:
Fighting techniques and combinations trained on their own to develop proficiency, on pads to develop speed, accuracy and power, and finally while sparring with a partner.
San Da or Sparring:
Although not mandatory, sparring is encouraged. Putting your training to the test with an opponent can be fun and show you how to use your techniques effectively.
Practical self-defence techniques for a variety of different situations
The basic forms have a cross pattern and train the oi lem sau – external hands. They present themselves with a functional basic structure, so that the practitioner understands the essential movements and strategies.
Based on the pattern of the bagua. The use of hands are fifty percent oi lem sau (external hands) and fifty percent noi lem sau (internal hands). They increase in complexity from primary-level forms by introducing elaborate techniques, different directions and trajectories as well as mixing both wide and short movements.
Based on animal movements and employ more of the noi lem sau (internal hands) and expressed more dynamically. They mimic the characteristics of different animals in order to develop different forms of movement and feelings, each with different energy--achieving a higher level in martial arts.
Why train weapons?
Weapons training of different kinds is a complement to fist fighting/forms. This type of training not only allows one the opportunity to become skilled with weapons, but to also strengthen the body and improve focus and fighting principles.
Weapons are divided into several categories: long range, mid-range, and close range. These are further subdivided into hard, soft, heavy, light, flexible, double, and combinations of weapons.
Multi-person forms teach the partners how to use contact and apply the movements and techniques. They teach fighting concepts, conditioning and are trained with either fist or weapons.
The Choy Lee Fut system has 18 different wooden dummy sets as a result of the legacy passed on from Choy Fook to Founder Chan Heung. Just like the rest of the forms, these are categorized into primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. Each dummy set trains specific techniques to develop a specific skill or is used to condition certain parts of the body. As the practitioner's skill level increases, so does the complexity level of the dummy system. Some of the higher level dummies are elaborate mechanical contraptions with built-in booby traps or designed to surprise the practitioner as well as ultimately raise skill levels.
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