In the eventful month of March 2014, the most notable event has to be our Kung Fu display in Orchard Road. This is a weekend event which we traditional Kung Fu loyalists reach out to the city people to let them know that real Kung Fu is still available in Singapore; that they do not have to lose hope that our indigenous martial art is completely commercialized as a performance sport.
We showcased disciplines that can be important to a martial artists’ arsenal. For both days of the event, we started the day with Qin Na, also called joint locking techniques, followed by the Chinese Saber Da Dao techniques. We also ended the day and expended our calories with our high energy Kung Fu Boot Camp.
Chinese Kung Fu is very broad and comprehensive, encompassing many different styles and most practitioners could only do a few in their whole life. We focused on our刀，拳，爪combination in our display as it provided a glimpse into the major disciplines and can already be comprehensive enough for a well trained martial artist in these areas to handle any form of combat. Qin Na techniques which we did include the Hak Fu Jow (Black Tiger Claw), Po Pai Sao and Meng Fu Ha San (Fierce Tiger Descend the Mountain). They are capable of both offense and defense. This means a technique such as the Hak Fu Jow can be used to break free from a wrist hold and also used to establish a hold on the opponent.
There are two categories of Qin Na techniques. The first is to establish a hold on an opponent who is delivering a strike or to follow up from a strike. This is the more offensive category. The second kind is Qin Na techniques to counter joint locking or grappling/wrestling positions. Usually martial arts based on joint locking focus on passive counterattacks only. However, Qin Na is very useful when combined with strikes or bridge hands positions. Its pro-active capabilities allow law enforcement personnel to subdue and apprehend criminals who resist arrest.
Besides training empty hand with a partner and working around with weapons, we also use improvised weights which works the martial artist’s body in ways and areas which conventional gym equipment usually don’t train. These also include impact inducing tools such as the Lok Kiu beam and the Iron Palm bags. Tools like these condition our hands and forearms to be able to handle the impact from hitting and blocking.
Kung Fu is truly a multi-faceted art which has many kinds of techniques and training methods. Even today, it is an enriching activity which is relevant to our daily life. The event provided an opportunity for the modern people to be exposed to the profound art of Kung Fu which never grows old. As body language is universal, a Kung Fu display will surely inject life into any event! Event organizers, if you are organizing an event and wish to feature art, culture and a visually powerful display, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are prepared to give your event another dimension of fun and meaning!