Hung Gar Kung Fu has its origins within the Shaolin temple of the Fukien province in southern China. It is based on both the movements of the Five Shaolin Animals (Dragon, Snake, Tiger, Leopard, & Crane) and the Five Elements of Chinese cosmology (Earth, Wood, Fire, Water, & Metal). It is a traditional system which emphasizes moral and physical cultivation of the individual, thus enabling one to deal with rigors of daily life, both mentally and physically.
According to legend, a Shaolin master of the Tiger Claw style was out in his garden one day. Spotting a crane pecking away at his newly planted vegetables, the priest grabbed a stick and tried to chase the intruder away. The bird, however, eluded each swing of the stick. At one point, the crane leaped up into the air and the surprised monk found himself the victim of a furious counter-attack. Using its sharply pointed beak as a weapon, the crane became a formidable foe. The priest made a complete study of the crane's behavior and learned how this frail-looking creature would respond to various types of attack. By imitating these movements, a series of new fighting techniques based on fluidity, gracefulness, and sharp pecking attacks was developed. Combining these unusual crane tactics with his dynamic tiger claw techniques, the Shaolin monk devised a new and highly effective method of combat.
Hung Gar Forms
Besides combat, Hung Gar also trains the internal strength and ‘Qi’ of the practitioner. This is achieved by breathing, releasing sound and coordinated movements guided with intention. This boosts the general health and the vitality of the practitioner, especially with the high-level skill, the Tit Sin Kuen (Iron Wire Fist). Hung Gar practitioners are also physically strong with a compact muscular build and long-lasting stamina.
The system was handed down from the Shaolin abbot Gee Sin Sum Si to his disciple, Hung Sei Kwan. After the burning of the Shaolin temple by the Manchus of the Ching Dynasty, Gee Sin escaped with Hung Sei Kwan and taught the Hung Gar system covertly to the Ming Dynasty patriots, who performed on the Opera boats of China.
Today, Hung Gar is regarded as a system based on power and an immovable foundation. The Hung Gar stylist prefers to remain still and firm as a mountain and await the attack of the opponent. The opponent's strikes are met with the Hung Gar bridge and blocking techniques, thus creating openings for counterattacks. These counters can inflict varying degrees of damage to the human form, depending on what is necessary to neutralize the aggressor. At any given point, the techniques of the Hung Gar system can rip muscles, dislocate joints, break bones, and even kill, but only if absolutely necessary in defending one's life or country.
Through the attainment of these skills, Hung Gar practitioners learn to treat these skills with respect. Exponents of the Hung Gar strive to use them wisely and for the betterment of society. They become more tolerant of obstacles life puts in the way. Therefore, they use their mental capacities to deal with life, while refraining from physical confrontation unless it is absolutely the last resort.
Empty Hand Forms – Fundamental Fist Forms, Iron Bridge Fist, 5 elements Tiger Taming, Single Arrow Tiger Taming, Fierce Tiger Descends the Mountain Form, ‘I’ Shaped Tiger Taming Form, Tiger and Crane Form, Fierce Tiger from The Forest Form, Double Arrow Tiger Taming, Iron Wire Form.
Weapon Forms – Twin Mother and Son Knives, Cloud Weaving Umbrella, Smoking Pipe, Wooden Bench, 5 sectioned Whip, Fifth Brother 8 Trigram Pole, Tiger Tail Pole, Six- and Half-Foot Killer Pole, Climbing Dragon Double End Staff, Tiger Fork, Moon Spade and Guan Dao.
Benefits of Hung Gar Kung Fu
Our Hung Gar (洪拳) training is very progressive, all students will learn at their own pace with close guidance from the instructors and the seniors throughout their martial arts journey. Our Hung Gar curriculum has strong emphasis on the training of horse stances, footworks, fundamental hand techniques and Qi Gong (气功), as the students advance, they will learn more complicated combat techniques. Hung Gar (洪拳) Kung Fu builds up the overall physical strength and fitness of the practitioner, it also cultivates mental strength and spiritual awareness, allowing the practitioners to control his "Qi" energies and unlock his hidden strength. Hung Gar training boosts the practitioner's core strength & muscular power, hardening the tendons & bones, and increases cardiovascular endurance. It also helps to increase self-awareness & focus.
Self Defense: The fighting techniques of Hung Gar are powerful and contain more than 100 options, this is especially useful in self defense. One does not have the luxury of using fanciful moves in a life or death situation, the combat philosophy of Hung Gar is to deliver the maximum damage to the opponent in the shortest time. Even when used by women, they can bring down a grown man with no more than 3 moves if executed correctly. Simultaneous counterattacks are heavily emphasized in Hung Gar. In self defense, equivalent force is to be used to subdue the attacker. If a criminal try to hack you with a machete, will you be so courteous to just land punches on his face? The fact is, you will need to use deadly force on him, or you will be the one dying!
Hung Gar contains deadly strikes to the vital parts of the human body. However, these deadly strikes are never to be used in a non-life-threatening situation. Hung Gar is a martial art with solid defense and rapid counterattacks, it has been used in self defense for more than a century, its practicality and effectiveness has been proven in countless deadly encounters.
Hung Gar is a traditional Chinese martial arts system, the most widespread of the five prevalent southern systems. Its origin is from the "fighting monks" of the first Shaolin Temple in Henan province. The Shaolin system derived from Can (Zen) Buddhism, a hybrid of Dharma Buddhism and Taoism. As early as 500 AD, Damo, the legendary Bodhidharma, taught breathing exercises (Qi Gong) to the monks. This helped them improve their physical health so they could endure longer periods of meditation. The breathing exercises evolved into a fluid self-defense system that was much softer in execution of movement than what developed later. It included techniques, mimicking five animals - tiger, white crane, dragon, snake and leopard. These were developed, in an effort to protect the Henan temple, the most splendid of all the monasteries, from bandits and invaders.
Hung Gar is straightforward, honest style with a rigid philosophy. It teaches the student how to use self-control and to use his Kung Fu knowledge properly. Hung Gar students are guided to be firm believers in doing what is morally correct. These are the reasons why Hung Gar is one of the most popular southern Kung Fu styles in the world.
Level I - White Sash
1."I" Pattern Tiger Control Boxing Form
2. Tiger Control Counterstrike Boxing Form
3. Gung Gee Fuk Fu: The oldest form of Hung Gar. Introduces beginners to Qi Gong (strengths of internal organs and development of Qi)
4. Lau Gar Kuen: A form of one of the original 5 ancestor styles. This sequence on the variability and flexibility of techniques, with aim at power, speed, spacing, timing, and accuracy
Level II - Yellow Sash
1. Yeuhng Family Fifth Lord’s Eight Trigram Pole
2. Commander's Knife
3. Tiger and Crane Twin Patterns Boxing Form
4. Single-Headed Pole Counterstrike
5. Knife Vs. Spear Counterstrike
6. Lau Gar Kwan (Staff): From the Lau family, this form begins almost exactly like its empty-hand version. Lau Gar Pole combines strong stance-work with elusive thrusting attacks similar to the spear
7. Hung Jeh Kwan: Known as the two-point pole or the ‘monkey staff’, you will be taught to the fluidity of both ends through the demand of your core
8. Pu Dao: Known as the “Horse Cutter”, this technique aims to teach combat against opposing cavalry with your weapon of choice
Level III - Green Sash
1. Plum Blossom Long-Handled Broadsword
2. Goi Chung's Great Walking Moon Double Knives
3. Five-Pattern Boxing Form
4. Long-Handled Broadsword Vs. Spear Counterstrike
5. Double Knives Vs. Spear Counterstrike
6. Pek Kwa Darn Do: This sword form aims to teach the practitioner to defend him/herself against multiple attackers through the use of circular, stabbing, and slashing motions combined
7. Fu Hok Seun Ying: As the second pillar of Hung Gar, this form encapsulates ying/yang--utilizing the tiger fist, known for it's power fierceness, with the fluent, elegance of the crane fist, Fu Hok Seung Ying combines short-range with long-range techniques; hard and soft in complete harmony
Level IV - Red Sash
1. Yiuh Family Tiger Fork
2. Cross Pattern Single Steel Whip
3. Ten-Pattern Boxing Form
4. Tiger and Crane Counterstrike Boxing Form
5. Double Daggers Vs. Spear Counterstrike
5. Say Ga Yin Cheong: This staff form teaches the practitioner to defend him/herself using darting thrusts and spinning motions in combat against non-firearm weapons
6. Darn Do vs. Chin Cheong: In this sequence the practitioner learns the defense of butterfly swords against a spear
Level V - Blue Sash
1. Side-Headed Long Bridge Bench
2. Plum Blossom Double Dragon Knives
3. Iron Wire Boxing Form
4. Plum Blossom Double Steel Whips
5. General Gwan's Spring-Autumn Long-Handled Broadsword
6. Chin Cheung: Known as the “War Palm” this form aims to teach the practitioner the fluent movement of vertical fist, the long punches of the crane, yet a large amount of short-range palm strikes and uppercuts.
7. Sup Ying Kuen: As one of the “Four Pillars” of Hung Gar, this sequence aims to teach the practitioner the “Ten Forms Fist”, combining the movements of the five basic Kung Fu animals - dragon, snake, leopard, tiger, and crane - with the five elements of Chinese philosophy - gold, wood, water, fire, and eart.h
8. Tid Sin Kuen: The last of the “Four Pillars” of Hung Gar, also known as the “Iron Wire”, is an advanced form with emphasis on further development of the Qi. This set aims to teach the practitioner special breathing techniques, Qi Gong movements, stance, and hand techniques.
1. Lauh Family Boxing Form
2. Lauh Family Single Headed Pole
3. War Palm Boxing Form
4. Jau Family Butterfly Knives
1. Praying Mantis "Bang Bouh" Boxing Form
2. Traveller's Stick
3. Double-Headed Stick Counterstrike
4. Si Family Plum Blossom Spear
5. Pek Gwa Willow Leaf Knife
6. Gwan Leuhn Mountain Sword
7. Life Gate Sword
The training of beginners focuses on developing a strong technique (faat ), skill foundations (gung ), relaxation, strengthening and building of correct structure of the techniques and correct motion patterns (from the formless to form). The students first learns specific Kung Fu warming up exercises, basic techniques/drills (saan sik ) and their usage or application (saan sau ) as well as conditioning, strengthening and relaxation exercises (Kung Fu ). After correct mastery of the basic exercises he/she starts to learn the first empty handed set (kyun tou ), usage of the techniques in a sparring set (deui chaak ) and basic combat sequences and sparring drills (wui hap ).
The training of intermediate and advanced students concentrates especially on developing skill (Gong ) aspects (“from the form to formless”), sparring sets (deui chaak ), combat sequences and sparring drills and weapon practice (separated techniques, sets, sparring sets, combat sequences and sparring drills and sparring). The emphasis is put on enriching the combat arsenal, combat tactics and strategy, and advance inner aspects of, namely the cultivation of “life energy” (Hei Gong , Qi Gong in mandarin Chinese).
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