Wuzu – breakdown of fundamentals #1.

August 19, 2009

Like I mentioned before, in CKF when you’re ready, you start to learn how to apply techniques on a partner.

One of the things that Russ and I were studying when examining relationship between Karate and Whooping Crane was not so much the techniques, knowing how the Japanese/Okinawan are well-known to adapt whatever they import and carve out their own character; we moved our focus to paradigm of training seeing how each do has it own exclusive approach.

There are some, including me, who believe that most CKF started without stylized forms; there was a time that it was primarily “loose techniques” training; this is really more functional when you’re training big masses to prepare them for the battlefields.

Even in many armies today, like my 2 and a half year’s service in the Singapore Army, unarmed combat training is all about working in pairs. Bayonet fighting or unarmed combat, solo training is not the standard.

According to many historians, “intellectualization” of CKF most likely grew out of the Ming period and this comprises practice of forms as an essential component of training.

More a mean to an end, forms like I said, are to prepare you for the real fighting.

And when you are ready to teach, they are the “references” for you to use to pass on methodically, so the understanding of forms, with firm command of embedded principles and concepts is the key to preserving the integrity of the system.

Most TCKF is not purely a “collection” of techniques without an underpinning theme.

Forms, in the strictest sense, are the grouping of techniques for you to hone a certain or combination of principles.

To many elders, watching a form in action is revealing; how well the performer got the principles pinned down…so to speak…..

Got a very written Wuzu book in my collection that, more than just showing you forms, a range of fundamental techniques and principles are presented in categories for readers to get a closer look into this multifaceted 5-in-1 system.

A system that I have some contacts with through Ah Teck’s San Cheen Do……

I will try to post the whole book in installments for all to get a better appreciation of this system.



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