Red Fist.

December 25, 2009

Hong quan/red fist

History:This is a Northern long fist school that is often synonymous with Shaolin. Its origin is unclear, but some attribute it to Song Taizu, the first Song emperor. Others believe that the word Hong is used because as an analogy to “bright” or “good looking”. Because of this ambiguity and the overlap with the popular Southern style Hung Gar, this has been one of the most muddled terms in Gungfu.

Hong Quan focuses on absorbing the adversary’s energy with a soft outside and a hard inside. Many of its forms are an important part of the Shaolin Temple curriculum. These include xiaohongquan (small red fist), dahongquan (big red fist), zhonghongquan (middle red fist), laohongquan (old red fist), fenhongquan (pink fist), taizuhongquan (first emperor fist), erluhongquan (second form red fist), guangxihongquan (Guangxi province red fist) and changshaohongquan (long and short red fist)…….

This must be my 2nd or 3rd entry about Red Fist, believed by many scholars to be a forerunner in the world of CKF.

There are also those who would tell you that this style is a major source of influence with both Northern and Southern styles stable.

In recent times, with the increasing emergence of info including videos, evaluation is made a whole lot easier; now we can all examine some of the long held viewpoints and theories about Hong Quan.

Personally, after going through quite a bit of Hong Quan books and videos, it’s hard to miss the many commonalties between Hong Quan and many northern/southern styles still in practice today.

One thing for sure, this is a “straightforward” system, with many of their movements you could see the “fight” ……straightaway………….

“Law” family spear.

December 25, 2009

Oooooh, don’t you just love the abundance of TCMA materials that are found over at youku, toudu and 56 ……

If only this phenomenon had started 30 years ago; wishful thinking hahahaha….. (Hey it’s Christmas…) I would have cleared up many of the puzzles that have been irking me all these years. Well, better late than never, I suppose.

Anyway …………..

It was about 2 years ago that I was over at Por Suk’s temple in Penang and after a regular interview session about his Cho Gar Ban Chung Wing Chun, we started talking about histories of TCKF in general.

And the topic of “Mo Suk” families crept into the picture; you know Hung, Mok, Li,Yang, Chong etc etc…

Por Suk told me how the older generations used to connect certain CKF weapons with a particular family; apparently, those families are the acknowledged first-rate practitioners of these weapons so much so that they become “synonymous” with the weapons.

With his typical “sing-song” style of narrating, he started rolling off a poem-like explanation.

“Chan Gar Kwon, Law Gar Cheong, Yu Gar Par ……” and I think there were 8 all in all but he was going so fast that I only caught the those 3.

Also because after that he started doing a little that he knows of Chan Gar Kwon (single head pole), Law Gar Cheong (spear) and Yu Gar Par (tiger fork) so the rest did not really register with me.

It was only after I left Penang and in Kuching that I decided to look up info about the various families and their outstanding weapon expertise.

In an old Hong Kong magazine, I found an article about “Law Gar Cheong” and this proved to be a true fascinating read.

And I remember thinking, how cool it would be if I could see Law Gar Cheong in action …… do I know anyone who might know this spear??? Watching Por Suk little display is just not adequate hahahaha…..at best whetting my appetite.

Spear, after sticks, is the other weapon that I spent enormous time studying and honing and I am constantly on the look-out for more….

Now, thanks to “56”, I have a complete “Law Gar Cheong” form – something that should keep me occupied for a while dissecting ….now how did the Sifu slipped the yang to ying hand before spitting the spear …. Hhhhmmmmm, spear must not leave the body, , body to rise and fall to keep the spear at eyebrow level ….. oooops there goes my holidays…….

Kung fu ezine article.

December 25, 2009

Zhang Lipeng: It is. It’s the spirit. It’s over. It’s over. Do you know why it’s over? Because the modern style, you don’t need martial arts to protect the country. You don’t need martial arts to protect your life. Nobody’s going to kill you. In history, everybody would carry a big knife, a straight sword. It didn’t matter where you went, if you went into a restaurant you would still carry a knife because you always had to defend yourself. Right now, if you want to kill somebody, you shoot him – you have a gun; you don’t have to spend twenty years stuck in a mountain to do training. You don’t need that stuff for revenge. That’s why the history martial arts will slowly disappear.

Here is a “Kung Fu Magazine” ezine article :-

Interview with former Shaolin monk, Zhang Lipeng

by Barbara Malvik …….click here.

Errrh, what I have been saying all along in this blog ……………………..