Hung Ga’s “Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes” (Chat Sing Lin Waan Kau) is a famous “long Bridge” boxing combination from “Tiger & Crane Double Forms” Set. It was supposedly #7 of Wong Fei Hung’s „Ten Lethal Bare Hand Techniques“ (Sap Duk Sau).
The techniques of “Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes” are:
- „Throw Balls in Waves“, also called “One Star Throwing Punch”
- “Water Wawe Throwing Strike”, also called “Two Stars Throwing Punch”
- „Whirlwind Smashes Waves“ , also called “Continuous Smashing and Covering”
- “Great Immortal Lifts Pot”, also called “Continuous Lifting Uppercut”
- “Thrust Punch from Sleeves”, also called “Arrow Punch Under Armpit”
Check out a rare video from an old Wong Fei Hung movie (1956) featuring this famous combo:
- Notice the 2 guards before the actual combo – “One Finger Lead Hand“ (with the rear hand in the upper position – lead hand in a “Two Finger” formation?) and “Beggar Asks for Rice”, famous Wong Fei Hung’s pre-combat posture.
- The techniques originaly come from Hap Ga. Kwan Tak-Hing was actualy a Tibetan White Crane practitioner, not Hung Ga Kyun practitioner.
- Last technique seems to be an uppercut as well, not a straight punch as in our Chat Sing Lin Waan Kau. We actually usually follow with a barrage of straight arrow punches.
- The combination ends in a typical Hap Ga posture as well.
Interesting piece of history, isn’t it?
Do you know who plays the young apprentice of Grand Master Wong Fei Hung?
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