Hung Ga Wrestling Techniques

Hung Ga Kyun Wrestling Takedown TechniquesQuestion: We know that traditional kung fu covert 4 aspects: striking, kicking, seizing, wrestling.

I practice wrestling with friends some time , and with my stance work (cat stance , horse stance and bow and arrow stance )I score most of the time even against high level Judoka ( they told me they don t understand how I move ). I take the time to root my feet to the ground and have low gravity center.

I want to know if you have made a reaserch about Hung Gar wrestling? If you have made a reaserch about it, are you going to make a article about it?

Thank you


Answer: As you have correctly noted, all Chinese martial arts use “Four Types of Attack” (Sei Gik), namely:

  • Kicks (Tek)
  • Strikes (Da)
  • Takedowns (Seut)
  • Holds/locks (Na)

Speaking of Practical Hung Kyun, our primary weapons are strikes. Kicks belong to our secondary weapons (note that “Old Hung Kyun” did not contain any kicks!), takedowns and holds/locks being our tertiary weapons. You will understand soon why is that so – see below.

Hung Kyun contains few, however very reliable “takedown” techniques, eg.

  •  “Iron Broom Kick” (Tit Sou Ba Geuk)
  • “(Three Stars) Hook and Spring Kick” ([Saam Sing] Kau Taan Geuk), both “Big and Small Hook and Spring” (Daai Siu Kau Taan)
  • “Unicorn Steps Footwork” (Jau Kei Leun Bou)
  • “Bring the Horse Back to the Stable”/”Hungry Horse Rings the Bell” (Dai Ma Gwai Chou/Ngo Ma Yiu Ling)
  • basically all “Tiger Form” (Fu Ying) techniques, and few other techniques

Hung Ga Kyun Wrestling Takedown TechniquesWong Kiew Kit Sifu shows some of the typical Southern Shaolin wrestling techniques

Couple of notes from our Practical Hung Kyun Combatives curriculum:

  • Many common techniques that are often use use as blocks/strike are used as “Wrestling Techniques” our counters in our Practical Hung Kyun curriculum. Setup is very important.
  • Footwork is one of the keys – in the example from your cross-training you have mentioned, you have succefully employed strategy called “Move the Stance, Change the Steps” (Jau Ma Wun Bou). My Sifu can use this principle very, very good (see the example below).
  • Practical Hung Kyun concetrates on “anti-grappling” techniques; all “wrestling techniques” contain the inherent threat that you will go down with the opponent you want to sweep, throw etc. and we certainly do not want to go to the ground and engage in ground fighting match.
  • Because Practical Hung Kyun self-protection training is dedicated mainly to reality-base self-defence, we have to take in account usage of “dirty” techniques, like knee groin kicks, grabbing the hair, bitting etc. – something that you have to take in account in “clinching range”.

Hung Ga Kyun Wrestling Takedown TechniquesGrand Master Lam Chun Sing demonstrates the “Move the Stance, Change the Steps” strategy

  • Realistic practice of many techniques requires long sleeve shirt, as they extensively (but not exclusively) use grabbing of the clothes (hint: try that eg. in you “Butterfly Palms, Unicorn Step Training”)
  • We want the opponent fall down in such manner that he hurts himself (when needed) – or exactly the opposite: we want to control the fall of knocked out opponent so he does not smashes his head against the pavement (something we have tho definitely think about in today’s society and its laws)
  • Hung Ga Kyun Wrestling Takedown Techniques“Falling techniques” (Dei Dou Faat) are different from regular Judo breakfalls – we need to take in consideration that the opponent will kneel on us or kick us
  • Some of our most important drills work answer the “What If” questions and scenarios – eg, unsuccessful tackle defence, acquiring better position, correct way how to get up, specific last restort “takedowns” from the kneeling position (and yes, traditional “takedowns”, if you are asking) etc.
  • Cross-training is a must, as well as good mats. Most of the Gung Fu shoot defence techniques you see out there are nothing but fantasy. Few seconds on the mat with an avarage wrestler might be a big, big suprise.

Most of the concepts, techniques and strategies are covered in our Practical Hung Kyun Intensive Training Course called Anti-Grappling: Counter MMA for the Street.

Pavel Macek Sifu, Practical Hung Kyun

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