Hung Ga Kyun “Four Arrivals” is one one the key practical concepts, handed down from Grand Master Lam Sai Wing.
We have already covered correct mindset (Sam Dou) and situational awareness (Muk Dou) – time for action, time to strike the adversary, fast and hard!
Third part of the article is dedicated to “Hand Arrival” (Sau Dou):
Hand Arrival: Attack and Easily Take Control
(Sau Dou: Gung Cheui Yi Haang)
Gung Cheui is also an idiom meaning “storm and capture” – it denotes surprising, aggressive entry, total overwhelming of the opponent and dominantly taking over control. Action beats reaction – “defending” with pre-emptive strike(s) is much easier to do (Yi Haang) than reacting to opponent’s attack and defending.
Once again: notice that Grand Master Lam Sai Wing doesn’t speak about defending, but attacking! All “Four arrivals” are actually not “self-defense” concepts, but “pro-active self-defence”, better to say “self-protection”, because as we saw in the previous installments, the first two cover the pre-conflict phase of the combat as well. Yea re following Grand Master’s advice in our core program, PHK Intro Kit: Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Martial Arts.
Sei Dou don’t say what you should do if the enemy does this or that. Don’t worry what he could do to you – let him be worried what you could do to him! Action beats reaction – the old Masters knew.
Read the complete translation in the Lam Sai Wing’s Taming the Tiger Manual (available to instant download HERE).
Part 4 (the last installment of he series) coming soon!
Pavel Macek Sifu, Practical Hung Kyun
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