Just last Saturday, Hung Gar has been proven in the ring. Initial trials against a surprised Western boxing opponent was a success. We are planning on running trials against kicking experts. We aim to get media exposure, media coverage as wide as possible. Our project is one that will light up hope among the warrior souls of tens of thousands of Hung Gar students all over the world who are sincere in exploring the combat functions of our comprehensive, age old art.
My fight was ended by referee stoppage in the middle of the second round, each round being three minutes. I feel that my training had paid off, it was based both on the wisdom of our martial ancestors’ training methods as well as the knowledge and support of modern sports science.
My opponent is not weak. He is courageous and determined. He put up a good fight in both offense and defense.
I kept pressuring him with my advances while he poked hooks and jabs at me in his retreat. I could hear the crowd cheering for him. I was new to the kickboxing scene. He was fast in his movements and punches, but gradually as I gave him one solid punch for every two punches he gave me, he got a little worn out and I took over the initiative of the fight. Apart from that, if you watch my video, I used several Hung Gar Kung Fu techniques to stall his attack, such as obstructing his path with Ding Kiu (Immobilizing Bridge) and shoulder bash. I also stalled his combinations with a stomping kick and a side kick.
After the break, the second round commenced. I pressed in for a few punches and he started clinching onto me. On the second engagement I turned my hook into an outward swing backfist which toppled him. I won many praises from my supporters and audience for delivering that backfist blow. It was there when my opponent got up and carried on the fight. He was determined to go the distance. Well, I am no pro-fighter, I am just a representative of my Kung Fu style Hung Gar, with a point to make to the whole world that the techniques of Hung Gar are effective and powerful.
It was an adrenaline filled bout, with both of us fighters aggressively getting hits in. Many among the audience told me they could almost vote my bout as the most exciting one. I had some watchers saying that my opponent’s head movement as a boxer was not good enough, as I landed several hits on him. That is very easy to say; I feel he has done a great job among boxing style users, evading several of my attacks while I pressured him and cornered him with Hung Gar footwork and bridge hands to make it harder for him to maneuver around.
I had learned a lot from my opponent, I sincerely thank him for helping me gain valuable experience as a martial artist and I have high respect for him.
My purpose of fighting is to show the world that Kung Fu can be used to fight. It certainly does not look graceful, the effects are not pretty; its fighting ability is true, if used with the correct training, correct guidance.
Hung Gar is effective because of firstly the training, followed by the techniques that can control the opponent. With strength training, hardness training and stamina training in the Gung Ji Fuk Fu form, a practitioner can be confident to confront an opponent with his mature physique. Its techniques are centered around interacting and contact with the opponent. The hand positions form a deterrence against the opponent’s offensive, while allowing us to leverage into our own offense. Modern ring sport martial artists are not familiar with such fighting methods. They are only able to bully wushu practitioners.
I encourage fellow Kung Fu practitioners who are combat capable, to stand up and show their skills. We will do it with purpose and virtue, to save the combat arts of China, rather than doing it for only ourselves, like the usual Western ego driven character.
My mission of proving Kung Fu in the ring is very important and is of high value to Chinese civilization and its culture. If the world knows that many people among the Chinese population are powerful fighters, then Chinese people will not have to grow up with the notion that their race is made to be nerds and not cut out to be athletes. It is even of utmost national security concerns to countries with majority Chinese population, as their soldiers must believe they are born to kill.
I can share my knowledge and wisdom of my art and how to use it in combat. However, I will not discourage fellow Chinese Kung Fu enthusiasts to explore other styles and support other styles. I am willing and glad to help fellow Kung Fu practitioners prepare for sparring competitions. We can always cross train, with a similar objective in mind. We are also open to ring sports fighters cross training with us, if they are open minded to ‘mix’ Hung Gar techniques and training methods into their martial arts.
As for myself, I had a rough and shaky start when beginning to engage in sparring sessions to awaken my ability to use Hung Gar techniques in combat. I faced many challenging factors: lack of distance judging, lack of stamina, lack of hit resistance and a lack of a powerful and reliable offense.
Over years of trial and error, I finally realized that I was lacking in physical domination. I was trying to be a smart aleck thinking I can have good speed and technique that will help me work around the old school ways. It ended up that I realized the old school ways are still the unchangeable truth. Perhaps we need a more scientific and institutionalized way to explain the benefits of the old school way.
With physical confidence, I can use my Hung Gar techniques from Tiger Claws to Five elements fists with little fear of being punished by the lack of power, endurance, toughness and speed. Never think about fighting smart before you are already able to fight hard.
While I was training, grinding away like a fitness hermit, my students and my fellow classmates were putting in anywhere from 4 hours to 8 hours a week training, and mostly techniques. They also hardly train with my intensity and resistance load. Many are still figuring out their path, when they will switch from smart technical fighters to patching up their foundation with the old school hard work.
Many martial artists from other styles and modern ring sport frequently point out that our postures have very big openings. They say we should put our guard up, which in turn makes us incapable of using many techniques we are trained for, in that position. We end up being passive and vulnerable. However, if you are strong and confident enough to trade blows with boxers, the guard is not a factor. We can hit through the guard. We also have many many old school fist and arm conditioning methods, making us human weapons that the common ring sport fighter will find it very unworthy to stand toe to toe with us and trade blows.
My message is that Chinese fighting culture has a huge emphasis on physical ability; it was not about the passive and soft-willed concept of yielding to force and purely relying on skill and speed. It only became that way due to Tai Chi and Wing Chun contemporary pop culture. Remember everyone, Kung Fu can fight, and many of us have the duty and responsibility to prove its effectiveness, or aid in fellow Kung Fu fighters in their duty to prove its effectiveness.