When we say umbrella skill, we mean both the Form (a.k.a. set routine) AND the fighting techniques. Fighting techniques range from parrying, intercepting, striking and counterattacking.
Basics of the umbrella skill are footwork training, waist strength and wrist strength training. A certain level of foundation in empty hand Kung Fu style is recommended before a student commences the study of the umbrella skill. We stand by the principle that a good martial art style will also need good athleticism from the user to be put into good use.
The process of learning the umbrella skill starts in the basics, followed by individual technique application and the drilling of techniques to improve their effectiveness in combat. Next is the umbrella form, after which the student will explore methods to deal with many types of weapons.
In striking, the umbrella is also rather versatile, able to hit with the tip, the body and the handle. Rather than merely holding the handle, the body of the umbrella can also be held to provide leverage as it is not sharp like a knife. The weapon is also lighter than a baton and thus more handy when it comes to intercepting knife attacks.
Furthermore, usage of the umbrella in combat has also been featured in a couple of Kung Fu movies, such as Donnie Yen’s Iron Monkey and Jet Li’s Once Upon a Time in China.
If you are interested in learning the umbrella skill, we welcome you to join our weekly classes. If you want to confirm classes or find out more about Kung Fu training, you can call coach Leroy Kwok at +65 9757 5412, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us through Facebook or Whatsapp.