Tit Sin Kyun is the highest set in Hung Ga Kyun. Simply said, it’s a Five Elements “Internal Training” set that uses sounds that refer to emotions.
There is much more to Tit Sin Kyun, such as the “Twelve Bridge Arms” (Sap Yi Ji Kiu Sau) and its use in ground grappling/antigrappling, but we will not go into that here. Perhaps another article.
For now we will just focus on the sounds.
The sounds in Tit Sin Kyun are primal sounds, used for boosting the power/spirit on a technical level and for releasing mental and muscle tension. Continue reading →
Does Hung Ga Kyun have a Wooden Dummy (Muk Yan Jong)? The answer is – it depends.
We have already revealed a traditional Hung Ga Kyun Wooden Dummy in one of our previous articles… kind of, so our regular readers already know.
Let us expand the answer: If a Hung Ga practitioner uses whatever Wooden Dummy, it becomes Hung Kyun Muk Yan Jong. Folks, it is a tool, and if used correctly, it might be very useful tool, not only to condition your palms, fists, and “Bridge Hands” (Kiu Sau). Continue reading →
Answers to the important questions that every martial artist should ask!
The second part of our installment got even more positive response than the first one – just wow.
I had to spend literally hours responding to all your emails. Scholars and warriors, thank you, I am very happy you found the practical examples and the short instructional videos useful, even though it is just a tip of proverbial (PHK curriculum) iceberg. Continue reading →
„Ten Forms Set“ (Sap Ying Kyun) aka „Five Animals and Five Elements“ (Ng Ying Ng Hang Kyun) belongs to the advanced sets of Hung Ga Kyun.
“Five Animals” part comes for the (pre-)Wong Fei Hung era, “Five Elements” section was choreographed by Grandmaster Lam Sai Wing. Various old sources suggest that „Five Animals“ and „Five Elements“ were in the past 2 sets (or more probably series of techniques and combinations), which were joined together and re-choreographed. Continue reading →
“Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don’t forget to breathe, very important.”
Do you remember? I hope you do. And if you don’t know what I am talking about, please do me a favor, and watch (the original) Karate Kid movie series. 1980’s, I know, I know, but still worth watching it.
Mr. Miyagi, portrayed by late Pat Morita – who by the way didn’t know any Karate at all – is definitely a Master we all dreamed of as kids. Or not, especially if you want to learn kicks and strikes, but instead a martial arts school it seems you joined an home improvement company. Continue reading →
One of the main PHK missions is practical usage of all skills that we learn and practice. We don’t stop at sets – we devote a significant amount of training to drills, application drills, strength and conditioning, and of course sparring.
PHK Gym Jihlava, led by Michal Hink, senior disciple of Pavel Macek Sifu, is an example to follow. Check out their new video of “Six and Half Point Long Pole” practice, which is a part of our 2nd Kap beginner’s program. Continue reading →
Wong Kei Ying’s “Small Deception-Kick” (Gwai Ji Geuk), commonly called the “Shadowless Kick”, includes the “Yin-Lifting Kick” (Liu Yam Geuk), “Court-Sweeping Leg” (Sou Tong Geuk), “Propping-Rooster Leg” (Chang Gaai Geuk), and “Single-Standing Golden Rooster Leg” (Gam Gaai Duk Laap Geuk). Because issuing such a counter is so extremely fast that the opponent is unable to detect a shadow, these skills are therefore called the “Shadowless Kicks” (Mou Ying Geuk). Continue reading →