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“Tiger Claw System’s” Traditional Nine-Count Fingertip Push-ups [VIDEO]

"Tiger Claw System's" Traditional Nine-Count Fingertip Push-ups

“Hands are unique weapons in the Chinese martial arts”, says Grandmaster Wai Hong of Tiger Claw System – and his “Tiger Claws” are proof. We will reveal his unique push-up variation in the video below, but first some experience from my lineage and other Masters I met.


I remember my Sifu told me that his father – legendary Grandmaster Lam Jou – wasn’t really a fan of regular pushups; no surprise, he was very fond of fingertip pushups. Anybody who met him was a witness of his tremendous grip strength.

His eldest son, Grandmaster Lam Chun Wai, writes in Hung Kuen Training: Chin Cheung & Fuk Fu Kuen Deui Chak:

The movement is the same as normal push-ups, with both hands (using either fingers or fists) to support the body and stretch the legs out horizontally, thus using one’s hands and the toes/ balls of the feet to keep the body in position and maintain balance. When practicing finger push-ups, in the beginning, it is not necessary to do push-ups but merely maintain correct posture, remembering to keep every joint on the fingers bent. After keeping up daily practice over two weeks or so, one’s fingers should be strong enough to start finger push-ups. The ideal target is to do a hundred reps.

Wong Kiew Kit - fingertip pushups

Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit, “Taming the Tiger” Pushups; courtesy Shaolin Wahnam Institute

 

Wong Kiew Kit Sifu, which I had the pleasure to meet years ago in Germany, recommends to start with regular pushups and proceed to fingertips pushups:

There are two parts. The first part involves pressing up. Support your body with both palms and toes. By bending the elbow, lower and raise the whole body. When you can press up 30 times comfortably, proceed to the second part.

The second part is the same as the first part except that you use your ten fingers instead of your two palms to support your body.

Our popular PHK Intro Kit: Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Martial Arts features “The Art of Taming the Tiger” (Fuk Fu Gung) – 3 progressions of Chinese pushups NOT ONLY for strength, as well as 2 different training methods.

The Fu Jaau Paai‘s “Nine-Count Fingertip Push-ups” is an excellent progression – check it below. The sample comes from an old VHS tape Tiger Claw Kung Fu by Grandmaster Tak Wah Eng.

“Tiger Claw System’s” Traditional Nine-Count Fingertip Push-ups 

Sifu Falko Kriel writes:

Those familiar with yoga will instantly find similarities with the sun salutation movements, integrating a dynamic series of strength and flexibility building postures to activate all parts of the body. We stretch the hamstrings and allow the lower back and spine to elongate, as well as to open up the acupuncture meridians along the back. We dip down to a pushup to activate the muscles in our core and learn to generate power from deep within. We cultivate mindful breathing to become more aware and fully present in our bodies. Finally, for those training the tiger claw technique, the entire sequence is down on the fingertips to strengthen the muscles and sinews of the hand to transform it into a tiger’s paw capable of extending extreme energy and momentum right into the fingers! 

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[VIDEO] Dang Family Hung Kyun: “Smashing and Hitting Set” (Jong Da Kyun)

Dang Family Hung Kyun 鄧家洪拳: "Smashing and Hitting Set" (Jong Da Kyun 撞打拳) | Practical Hung Kyun

This is one of the original forms, and was the first form taught in the Dang Family Hung Ga curriculum. The form is much shorter than Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun, comprising of less than one hundred moves.

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“The Five Animal, Five Element Boxing Set” of Hung Kyun Master Lam Sai Wing: Intro & Dragon Section [Part 1 of 10]

“The Five Animal, Five Element” aka “Ten Forms“ Boxing Set of Hung Kyun Master Lam Sai Wing: Intro & Dragon Section [Part 1 of 10]

In the Wong Fei Hung curriculum, three famous sets, the “Gung 工 Character Tiger Subduing Set” (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun 工字伏虎拳), the ““Tiger and Crane Twin Pattern Set”” (Fu Hok Seung Ying Kyun 虎鶴雙形拳), and the “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun 鐵線拳 ), are collectively known as “The Hung Kyun Three Treasures.” However, the “Ten Patterns Boxing Set” (Sap Ying Kyun 十形拳) was originally established by Lam Sai Wing, to revise and consolidate key portions of the curriculum as he had learned it from Wong Fei Hung.  Continue reading

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Hung Ga’s “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun) Combat Applications [VIDEO]

Hung Ga's "Iron Thread Set" (Tit Sin Kyun) Combat Applications

Tit Kiu Saam (“Iron Bridge” Three) was one of the best fighters of 19th century Southern China – one of the legendary “Ten Tigers of Gwong Dung”. He was famous for her “Bridges” (Kiu), firm stances (Ma)  and incredible strength, developed thanks to his “Iron Thread Set” (Tit Sin Kyun).

We don’t have much information about his other techniques, but if: Continue reading

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Hung Ga vs. Wing Cheun: Differences and Similarities

Hung Ga vs. Wing Cheun: Differences and Similarities

Today I would like to share my thoughts concerning the differences and similarities between Wing Cheun (Yip Jing and Yun Kei Saan lineage) and Hung Kyun (Lam Family lineage).  In the first place, please note that it is not the intention of this article to assert whether these excellent arts are superior to one another or to any other styles of martial arts.  My intention is to explore the similarities and differences between the two arts so as to expand knowledge and understanding of these arts.

Having trained in Wing Cheun for more than 20 years and Hung Kyun for nearly 10 years, it is quite clear despite some fundamental differences that both of these excellent arts have, they also share a number of similarities. Continue reading

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The Mystery of Lam Sai Wing’s “Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes”

The Mystery of Lam Sai Wing's "Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes"

  • “Long Bridges” techniques in “Tiger Crane Double Form Set” (Fu How Seung Ying Kyun) come from “Buddhist Family Arhat Style/Set” (Fat Ga Lo Hon Kyun) – including the “Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes” (Chat Sing Lin Waan Kau)
  • Vast majority of “Five Elements” boxing techniques from the “Five Animals and Five Elements Set” (Ng Ying Ng Hang Kyun) are virtually the same as in today’s Hap Kyun
  • We have a photo of Lam Sai Wing, performing “Wing-Flap Hand” (Pok Yik Sau) technique, which is not found in any today’s Hung Kyun set. The article mentions “Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes” as one of the special methods of Wong Yan Lam’s disciple, Hap Kyun’s Wong Mun Wing (Wong Hon Wing) – read the article here
  •  …and now, we have acquired a rare article series about Lam Sai Wing’s “Seven Stars Continuous Smashing Strikes [Set?]”, which btw. includes a drawing of the Pok Yik Sau – plus few other typical Hap Kyun techniques!

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Kwan Tak-Hing as Wong Fei Hung Performs Long Pole [VIDEO]

Kwan Tak-Hing as Wong Fei Hung Performs  Long Pole video

Long pole was one of Grandmaster Wong Fei Hung’s specialities. It is said that in 1859 he was together with his father Wong Kei Ying traveling through Gwong Dung province and giving martial arts performance  in various cities, such as Fat Saan, Canton and Seun Dak.

At that time – as a teenager! – he defeated famous master Jeng Dai Hung and his “Left Hand Fishing Pole” (Jo Sau Tiu Yu Gwan) by using techniques from the “Ng Long’s Eight Trigram Long Pole” (Ng Long Baat Gwa Gwan) and acquired a nickname “Young Hero”.  Continue reading

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Tiger Claw School: A Brief Biography of Wong Moon Toy

Tiger Claw School: A Brief Biography of Wong Moon Toy

Wong Moon Toy’s ancestral home is Leung Dung, Saam Se, Toi Saan, Gwong Dung province. He is forty-three years old now. Already from an early age he liked sports very much and learned Northern Chinese martial arts from Lau Juk Fung, a student of Fok Yun Gaap (Huo Yuan Jia). Continue reading

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Hung Ga Kyun’s “Rattan Ring”

Hung Ga Kyun's "Rattan Ring"

“Stance training, ‘Three Stars Conditioning’, kicking the pole, hitting the sandbag, and pulling the rattan ring”,” explained Mr. Yip. “The basic Hung Kyun drills we practiced when I was young. You practice these in your lineage, right?”

“Yes, we practice, except … pulling the rattan ring, I do not know this exercise!”

“Oh, you don’t? Then you MUST learn it, my friend!” Continue reading

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Legends of the Old Hung Ga Kyun Masters: Lau Jaam

The Story of Hung Ga Kyun Grandmaster Lau Jaam

Cantonese martial art Master Mr. Wong Fei Hung, among his inheritors, there were two famous names, one being verified as Leung Fun, and the next was apparently Mr. Lau Jaam. They both as known-brave and skillful in fighting, outstanding in the Wong Fei Hung. Leung Fun died early, and Lau Jaam healthy and still alive. In martial art Lau was in no way weaker than Leung. They treated Lau as junior to Leung. But actually Lau was not learning from Wong Fei Hung, instead he was the pupil of Lam Sai Wing.

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