Lam Family Hung Kyun Application Drills

“Raise the Pot, Offer the Wine” (Tai Wu Jeun Jau)
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Lessons contain:

  • Brief overview of the lesson
  • Photo series of the application drill
  • How-to description of the photos
  • Short video of Grand Master Lam Chun Sing, showing the application of the technique
  • Commentary – translation of key points from the old Grand Master Lam Sai Wing’s manuals from the upcoming and not yet published translations by Michael Goodwin Sifu
  • Notes about history, concepts, variations and other tips

All lessons feature both the traditional poetical 4-character names of the techniques, as well as technical/descriptive names, commonly used  i regular training. 

All application drills are performed by Grand Master Lam Chun Sing and his senior disciples. 

Learn:

  • Fool-proof defense against the most typical street attack, using one of the typical  “Wood Element” techniques. Grand Master Lam Sai Wing says: “Whatever the technique [the attacker employs], I can use….
  • How to use the principle of “Borrowing [the opponent’s] Strength” (Je Lik) and return fierce “Tiger Claws” (Fu Jaau) counter-attack.
  • Why is “Black Tiger Claw Method” (Hak Fu Jaau Faat) considered to be “Poisonous Hand” (Duk Sau) and how it can be used.
  • Favourite “Long Bridge” technique of Grand Master Lam Sai Wing that helped him to survive the legendary Lok Sin Theatre Battle.
  • “Three Stars” combination, one the “Special Skills” (Jyut Gei) of Hung Ga – Choi Lei Fat combo with a twist.
  • “Finger Jab” (Biu Chyun Sau), popularized by late Bruce Lee. In Hung Kyun it belongs to “Snake Form” (Se Ying) and it is delivered to…
  • “Snake-Form Poison Hand” – favorite “dirty technique” of Hakka minority, incorporated into Hung Ga Kyun’s curriculum.
  • Bong Sau! But – Hung Ga version, not Wing Cheun. Important defensive technique that can be turned into sneaky counter-attack!
  • “Rolling Elbow” (Luk Jaang) into “Continuous Clear and Strike” (Lin Waan Kau Da).
  • Legendary “Butterfly Palms” (Wu Dip Jeung), one of the most versatile “Short Bridge” (Dyun Kiu) techniques of Hung Ga Kyun.
  • “Borrowing [the opponent’s] strength” (Je Lik) and “Change and Adaptation” (Bin Fa), demonstrated in “Emergency Split-Leaking” (Dit Dong Fan Lau).
  • One of the (according to many sources) “Ten Lethal Bare-Handed Techniques” of Grand Master Wong Fei Hung.
  • One hand, three attacks – and the principle of “Leak and Strike” (Lau Da).
  • Key Hung Ga Kyun principle of “Defend the Kicking Attack with a Leg” (Yi Geuk Siu Geuk) against feared Muay Thai low kick.
  • …and against groin kick as well. With counter-attacks, of course.
  • Legendary “No Shadow Kick” (Mou Ying Geuk), as well as another easy and practical variation.
  • “Tiger Tail Kick” (Fu Mei Geuk) – another favorite kick Grand Master Wong Fei Hung.
  • Traditional Hung Ga Kyun “Low Kick”.
  • Hung Ga Kyun typical clinch, sweep and reverse sweep. If the opponent lifts his leg to avoid the sweep, you…. , or…. !
  • Application of important Hung Ga Kyun principle “Move the Stance, Change the Step” (Jau Ma Wun Bou) – against one of the most common street attacks, side headlock.
  • The aggressor grabs you form behind, tight bearhug. What to do? Use the same principle as above!
  • Typical Hung Ga counter against wild tackle and takedown attempt. “Tame the Tiger”, which means…
  • Control and restrain technique, i.e. Kan Na Sau (Qin Na/Chin Na)

Lessons

“Old Elephant Searches Tusk” (Lou Jeung Cham Nga)

Author: Pavel Macek

“Raise the Pot, Offer the Wine” (Tai Wu Jeun Jau)

“Big right hand” haymaker is one of the most common street attacks. In this lesson, you will learn an easy defense and counter attack called “Old Elephant Searches Tusk” (Lou Jeung Cham Nga) found in “Taming the Tiger in Gung Pattern” (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun) and “Ten Forms Set” (Sap Ying Kyun).

“Tiger Springs Onto the Fence Railing” (Fu Pok Laan Baan)

Author: Pavel Macek

One of the key concepts of Lam Family Hung Kyun is the principle of “borrowing [the opponent’s] strength” (Je Lik). Grand Master Lam demonstrates the principle of Je Lik using the technique “Beautiful Maiden Gazes into the Mirror” (Mei Yan Jiu Geng), followed by a typical Hung Kyun “Tiger Form” (Fu Ying) technique from “Cross Pattern Plum Flower Set” (Sap Ji Mui Fa Kyun) as well as the 5th section of “Taming of the Tiger in Gung Pattern Set” (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun).

“Black Tiger Descends the Mountain” (Hak Fu Ha Saan)

Author: Pavel Macek

"Black Tiger Descends the Mountain" (Hak Fu Ha Saan)

In Chinese mythology, “Black Tiger” is a cruel and malicious beast. Hung Kyun’s “Black Tiger Claws” (Hak Fu Jaau) belongs to so called “Poisonous Hands” (Duk Sau), i.e. “dirty fighting” techniques, attacking the most vulnerable spots of human body – eyes, throat and/or groin. Grand Master Lam shows some typical applications and variations of this famous Hung Ga Kyun technique.

“Water Wave Casting Punch” (Seui Long Paau Cheui)

Author: Pavel Macek

"Water Wave Casting Punch" (Seui Long Paau Cheui)

One of the major innovations of “Old Hung Kyun” (Lou Hung Kyun) was incorporation of “Long Bridge” techniques from Hap Ga Kyun. “Water Wave Casting Punch” (Seui Long Paau Cheui) belongs to the “Water Element” (Seui Hang) of Hung Ga Kyun’s “Five Element Fists” (Ng Hang Kyun). It was one of the favorite techniques of Grand Master Lam Sai Wing, Grand Master Lam Chun Sing’s grand uncle.

“Three Stars Spinning in Orbit” (Saam Sing Syun Jyun)

Author: Pavel Macek

“Three Stars Spinning in Orbit” (Sam Sing Syun Jyun)

“Big Hanging [Punch], Big Covering [punch]” (Daai Gwa Daai Kap) is one of the most common and practical “Long Bridge” striking combinations of many styles, for example Choi Lei Fat or Hap Ga Kyun. Hung Kyun adds a third strike into the equations – “Nailing Punch” (Deng Cheui). This so called “Three Stars Combination” (Saam Sing Lin Waan) is found in the very end of “Taming of the Tiger in Gung Pattern” (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun).

“Winged Snake Comes Out of the Hole” (Tang Se Cheut Yut)

Author: Pavel Macek

"Winged Snake Comes Out of the Hole" (Tang Se Cheut Yut)

“Finger Jab” (Biu Chyun Sau) was widely popularized by the late “Little Dragon” Bruce Lee. Unlike his version, traditional Hung Ga Kyun’s finger jab doesn’t attack the eyes – we have more suitable techniques for that, e.g. “Tiger Claws” (Fu Jaau). Our Biu Chyun Sau belongs to “Snake Form” (Se Ying) techniques, and can be found in basically all Hung Ga Kyun sets. Here is the combat application.

“Snake-Form Poison Hand” (Se Ying Duk Sau)

Author: Pavel Macek

“Snake-Form Poison Hand” (Se Ying Duk Sau)

This technique is commonly know as “Two Dragons Snatch the Pearls” (Yi Lung Cheung Jyu); however, it belongs to the “Snake Form” (Se Ying) techniques, so we use another name, used by numerous Hung Ga Kyun lineages and masters. Very fast and dirty technique, which might take the opponent by surprise, and give you the chance either continue with other counter attacks, or escape.

“Wing-Arm Sinks to the Waist” (Bong Sau Cham Yiu)

Author: Pavel Macek

"Wing-Arm Sinks to the Waist" (Bong Sau Cham Yiu)

“Wing-Arm” (Bong Sau) technique is widely known from our sister style Wing Cheun Kyun. Hung Ga Kyun usually variation doesn’t use the high version, commonly seen in Wing Cheun, but middle/low variation – against surprised attacks to the midsection (strikes, kicks, stabbing attacks) from a natural guard. Grand Master Lam shows how to turn the Bong Sau block into a attack.

“Interception Hand, Sink the Elbow” (Jit Sau Cham Jaang), “Emergency Split-Leaking” (Dit Dong Fan Lau )

Author: Pavel Macek

"Interception Hand, Sink the Elbow" (Jit Sau Cham Jaang), "Scalded Split-Leaking" (Dit Dong Fan Lau )

This combination from the “Taming of The Tiger in Gung Pattern” shows an important concepts “Borrowing [the opponent’s] strength” (Je Lik) and “Change and Adaptation” (Bin Fa), an answer to commonly heard question “what if.. ?”. You try to break the opponent’s elbow, or take him down, but you don’t succeed – what to do now? One of the options is “Emergency Split-Leaking” (Dit Dong Fan Lau).

“Iron Gate Bolting Punch” (Tit Mun San Cheui)

Author: Pavel Macek

“Iron Gate Bolting Punch” (Tit Mun San Cheui)

According to many different sources, “Iron Gate Bolting Punch” is considered to be one of the most important “Special techniques” (Jyut Jiu), belonging to Grand Master Wong Fei Hung’s “Ten Lethal Barehand Techniques” (Sap Duk Sau).

“Suspended Leg, Groin Kick” (Diu Geuk Liu Yam)

Author: Pavel Macek

"Suspended Leg, Groin Kick" (Diu Geuk Liu Yam)

Muay Thai low kick is a fierce and feared kicking technique. One proper kick to your thigh might end the fight right there – it hurts. Grand Master Lam says: don’t turn your back to the attacker, and don’t use your arms to block the kick. Use the important Hung Ga Kyun principle of “Defend the Kicking Attack with a Leg” (Yi Geuk Siu Geuk) instead.

“Suspended Leg, Level Strike” (Diu Geuk Ping Cheui)

Author: Pavel Macek

"Suspended Leg, Level Strike" (Diu Geuk Ping Cheui)

Many people wonder why Hung Ga Kyun puts such an emphasis on various stances. One of the many reason is well protected groin – one kick in the groin might end the fight right there, right now. Low kick to the thigh certainly hurts, but kick in the testicles (in Hung Ga Kyun called Liu Yam Geuk) is whole another level. Using the same principle as in the previous lesson, Grand Master Lam will show you how to use Hung Ga Kyun’s “Suspended Leg Stance” (Diu Geuk Ma) to your advantage. The technique is found in one of the minor sets, “Lau Family Set” (Lau Ga Kyun).

“Hidden Dragon, Leaping Tiger” (Lung Chong Fu Yeuk)

Author: Pavel Macek

"Hidden Dragon, Leaping Tiger" (Lung Chong Fu Yeuk)

This lesson reveals one of the variations of the legendary Hung Ga Kyun’s “No Shadow Kick” (Mou Ying Geuk), found in the “Tiger Crane Double Form Set” (Fu Hok Seung Ying Kyun). It belongs to Wong Fei Hung’s “Ten Unique Techniques” (Sap Duk Sau), and it was used according a famous story by Grand Master Lam Sai Wing in a fight with a monk “Iron Head” in Hoi Tung Monastery in Canton.

“Lazy Tiger Stretches Waist” (Laan Fu San Yiu)

Author: Pavel Macek

"Lazy Tiger Stretches Waist" (Laan Fu San Yiu)

“Tiger Tail Kick” (Fu Mei Geuk) and its many variations was one of the favorite kicks of Grand Master Wong Fei Hung. In this lesson, Grand Master Lam Chun Sing demonstrates few applications of this typical Hung Ga Kyun kicking technique. Side kick techniques were proven to be very effective in modern Sanda/Sanshou, and are more and more used in today’s MMA as well.

“Iron Broom Sweeping Kick” (Tit Sou Ba Geuk)

Author: Pavel Macek

"Iron Broom Sweeping Kick" (Tit Sou Ba Geuk)

Old Hung Ga Kyun didn’t have any kicks – the risk of slipping or the opponent catching the kicking leg was too high. Same goes for roundhouse kicks and the danger of exposed groin. Traditional circular low kick of today’s Hung Ga Kyun is even lower than the Muay Thai low kick, and is delivered to the opponent’s Achilles tendon to hurt and/or sweep the adversary. As virtually all Hung Ga Kyun’s kicks, “Iron Broom Sweeping Kick” (Tit Sou Ba Geuk) uses the hands – both as second threat and set up. It is found in “Taming of the Tiger in Gung Pattern” (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun) as well as Lam family special set, “Arrow Palm” (Jin Jeung).

“Hook-Snapping Clutch Kick” (Ngau Taan Gwai Geuk)

Author: Pavel Macek

“Hook-Snapping Clutch Kick” (Ngau Taan Gwai Geuk)

Traditional Hung Kyun covers not only the “kickboxing” range, but clinching range as well, including various pushes, throws, takedowns, and sweeps. One of their advantages is that they can be trained (on soft surface) with full speed and power. The combination also covers various “what if” scenarios

“Move the Stance, Change the Step” (Jau Ma Wun Bou)

Author: Pavel Macek

Defense Against Standing Headlock

Hung Ga Kyun masters emphasize it again and again – “stances and footwork” (Ma Bou) are the key element of martial arts training and combat applications. “Move the Stance, Change the Step” (Jau Ma Wun Bou) isn’t an actual technique, but concept, used especially as counter to various throws. In this lesson, Grand Master Lam shows how it can be against one of the most common street attacks – side headlock.

“The Black Raven Drying Its Wings” (Wu A Leung Yik)

Author: Pavel Macek

Defense Against Rear Bearhug

Rear bearhug – called by old southern Siu Lam manuals as “Tang Soldier Keeps Gues” (Tong Bing Lau Haak) – is not a dangerous technique, but what follows might. The greaser can throw you to the ground, or just hold you so his buddies can hit you. Grand Master Lam again demonstrates an important principle of “Moving the Stance, Changing the Step” (Jau Ma Wun Bou) in the typical Hung Ga Kyun counter against rear bearhug.

“Tame Tiger Hide Dragon” (Fuk Fu Chong Lung)

Author: Pavel Macek

"Tame Tiger Hide Dragon" (Fuk Fu Chong Lung)

Tackle and double leg takedown isn’t only one of the key techniques in today’s MMA, but also a very common technique in a street self-defense situation. The aggressor either charges wildly at you, or – trying to avoid punches – bends forward and rushes in. In old Siu Lam lineages the tackle is called “Angry Buffalo Charges at Fence” (Maang Ngau Chung Laan). Grand Master Lam shows one of the most common Hung Ga Kyun counter.

“Yun Taan Tames The Tiger” (Yun Taan Fuk Fu)

Author: Pavel Macek

"Yun Taan Tames The Tiger" (Yun Taan Fuk Fu)

We have already seed the use of “Tiger Taming Hand” (Fuk Fu Sau) in one of the previous lessons, as tackle/takedown defense. Here is another usage of the technique, belonging to “catch and hold” techniques of Hung Ga Kyun, Kam Na Sau. Although it might be put into a “submissions” category, the aim is not to “submit” the opponent, but really hurt him.

“Catching and Locking Hand Technique” (Kam Na Sau Faat)

Author: Pavel Macek

"Tame Tiger Hide Dragon" (Fuk Fu Chong Lung)

In the previous lessons we have already seen a sideways and downward elbow break/control. What if the opponent bends his elbow, or if you just don’t want to injure your opponent and need him to put in a lock? Grand Master Lam shows one of the options, useful for security guards and bouncers.