Monday, December 21, 2009

Hung Ga: Brutal Kung Fu

Once again we explore the differences between the linear power techniques of Japanese/Korean Karate and the striking of Kung Fu. I found this video on the EmptyFlower forum.
Much like the Kenpo we saw last week, Chinese arts use seemingly "minor strikes". These include raking fingers across eyes, blowing out eardrums, tearing tendons and pressure-point strikes. This is some nasty stuff, and should only be used in life-or-death situations.
The contrast I would like to suggest is that the Japanese and Korean Karate I practiced in the past relied on power punching and kicking. Lots of Board and Brick breaking, heavy bag work. Nothing wrong with that, but what a difference when you compare it to the techniques in Kung Fu.


BSM said...

A lot of that video looks very familiar to me. We have something called "piercing heart". It's a simultaneous block/grab horse punch to the heart. It can also be modified to hit the solar plexus or the sensitive rib area under your opponent's arm.

We also regularly practice eye pokes, arm breaks, tangle trips. and a whole lot of kicking "the junk".

I've also seen the temple strike and throat strike but they don't appear to be as prevalent.

In Taekwondo some of this stuff was implied. In Kung Fu they seem to just say, "if you need to just do it and here's how!"

Sean C. Ledig said...

Great video! As a Southern Style practitioner, I really loved seeing it here.

Thanks, DR. I'll be linking to it on my Facebook page. Two of my sifus are Hung Gar practitioners and I'd be interested in their reactions.

Zacky Chan said...

In technique number five, "seal the breath", I think the circular motion he uses to feed the uppercut is very interesting, and looks very powerful. Blending action! Also that last technique with the tailbone could seem kind of funny or weak, but I remember falling directly on my tailbone, and the pain is such that I couldn't do anything! Let alone fight.

uchi deshi said...

Merry Xmas! I'll also be burning with you!

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