One of the worst misconception in CMA is that CMA sparring and fighting needs to look different than [fill in any other art or combat sport]. What works looks surprisingly very similar – and what does not work looks very different.
Guess what – one of the frequently used idioms for martial arts was Kyun Seut, lit. “Art of the Fist”, or Kyun Faat, “Fist Methods”, i.e. “boxing” or “pugilism”.
Another old idiom for martial arts was Kyun Geuk, lit. “Fists & Legs” – basically kickboxing, just the other way round, “boxkicking”. Of course CMA cover also other modes of attack, such as elbow strikes, palm strikes, finger pokes, throws, grabs, joint locks, weapons, etc., but the message is clear – punching and kicking – “boxing” or “boxkicking” – is the foundation.
So – any time I hear “it is just kickboxing”, I wanna punch or kick the guy.
PHK approach to developing the combat skills is simple, methodical, and practical:
- Learn the basic strikes and kicks in (as presented in our PHK Intro Kit) – so called “Seed Boxing” (Kyun Jing) techniques.
- Add street combat specific techniques, such as groin kicks/groin strikes.
- Add Hung Kyun’s “Special Hands”, such as “Long Bridges” (Cheung Kiu) techniques.
- Integrate with all other aspects of the combat game, which are cover in our PHK Plugins, such as multiple attackers, knife survival, ground fighting, etc.
- Use all types of protective gear – from big boxing gloves to small MMA gloves, shin pads, and of course cup & mouth piece. You may not use ALL techniques from Hung Kyun arsenal, but you can use A LOT, and – use full force, full aggression, without unnecessary injuries.
- Practice all different types of situational scenarios, sparring drills, and sparring.
If the grandmasters of the past had the opportunity to use the protective gear, they would! Less injuries equals more time you can spend training. Save your macho nonsense stories of full contact fighting without gloves for your little niece – we have seen many of those useless “Slap Fu” videos. Don’t worry, you will have a chance to practice all other techniques in other modes of combat training, such as application drills, self-protection drills and scenarios.
You can strive for uniqueness and looking different – or fighting better. We at PHK made our choice long time ago.
And remember, any time somebody says “but it looks like kickboxing”… you know what to do.
Pavel Macek Sifu, Practical Hung Kyun
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