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Kung Fu Training Itinerary

The martial arts shape character and build confidence, in addition to conditioning both body and mind. When a student trains, one is required to leave all their problems at the door, or more appropriately, the black line enclosing the training area, and focus only on what they’re learning and its practice. The instructors take what they teach with pride and seriousness. While Hong Luck is a friendly and accepting environment, during a class students are expected to train with seriousness.

Many people ask how long it will take them to advance at Hong Luck.

The guiding principles of nature and the earth are such that things are not fixed. The beauty of the variety in nature is also present in humanity. Kung Fu is for everyone, but people are born with varying degrees of talent and will. Progress at Hong Luck depends solely on the student. If one tries hard and attends classes frequently and regularly, one will advance as quickly as talent permits. Grandmaster Chan and the other instructors do not discriminate, and Hong Luck cannot make any guarantees as to a student’s level of progress. People should be wary of schools that do.

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Beginner Training
Our basic training regimen is designed to meet the demands of both beginners and advanced students. For beginners, the techniques one acquires in basic training lay the foundation for higher levels of performance. For intermediate and advanced students, basic training classes are essential for maintaining and fine-tuning skill-sets.

The beginner curriculum is comprised of three levels:

Level I:
Stances:

  • Static Stances (Ma)
    • 11 Fundamental Stances
      • Horse, Triangle, Dragon, Shifted, Cross (forward & reverse), Cat, Crane, Lotus, Crouching, Single Blade
  • Dynamic Stances (Ma)
    • Twisting – Horse Stance to Triangle Stance

Hand/Arm Techniques:

  • Strikes (Choy) – Abdomen, Torso, & Head Targeted
    • Basic Punch, Pau, Kup, Bing, Bang, Ben, 3 Chaps (Ping, Yang, & Yin), Gua, Deng, Den, Lam, Ka, Peck, Fu Jow, etc., & Variants
  • Blocks
    • Open Palm – inside / across
    • Dragon Palm – outside / beside

Partner-Work:

  • Application of Level I Hand/Arm Striking & Blocking Techniques Stretching / Limbering:

Partner Stretching (time permitting), or Individual Stretching

  • Leg Lifts
  • Knee Raises (Inside & Outside Shoulder)

Leg Techniques:

  • Pad Kicking (time permitting), or Air Kicking
    • Front Kick / Stomp Kick – Groin Targeted
    • Side Kick – Torso & Abdomen Targeted
    • Round-house Kick – Leg & Abdomen Targeted

Form(s):

  • Basic Form Only (aka ‘Basic-Basic’ Form)

Meditation:

  • Quiet Sitting (5 min. duration)

Group Form:

  • Choi Lee Fut - Ng Lun Kuen (Five Wheel Fist)

Level II:
Stances:

  • 5 Dynamic Stances (Ng Lun Ma)
  • Triangle-walking Horse Stance

Hand/Arm Techniques:

  • Strikes (Choy) - Abdomen, Torso, & Head Targeted
  • Sau, Beu, Ah
  • Blocks - Lap Sau & Dragon Palm – Grabbing / Grappling Intro.
  • Blocking & Striking Combinations (various)
  • Sau choy + Beu Choy + Yin Chap
  • Gua Choy + Bing Choy

Partner-Work:

  • Application of Level II Striking & Blocking Techniques & Combinations

Stretching / Limbering:

  • Partner Stretching (time permitting), or Individual Stretching
  • Emphasis on Front & Side Splits

Leg Techniques:

  • Pad Kicking (time permitting), or Air Kicking
    • Crescent Kick (inside & outside) – Head Targeted
    • Broom / Sweep Kick – Ankle, Shin, & Knee Targeted
    • Double Jump Kick – Torso & Head Targeted
    • Double Leg Sweeps – Ankle & Leg Targeted
    • Jumping Butterfly / Tornado Crescent Kick – Head Targeted

Form(s):

Meditation:

  • Quiet Standing Pole (Zhang Zhuan) (10 min. duration)

Group Form:

  • Choi Lee Fut - Ng Lun Kuen (Five Wheel Fist)

Level III:
Stances:

  • 5 Dynamic Stances (Ng Lun Ma)
  • Triangle-walking Horse Stance

Forms (time permitting)

Partner-Work:

  • Application of Level I & II Striking & Blocking Techniques & Combinations

Mat-Work:

    • Intro. to Rolls, Break-falls, & Self Defense Techniques & Applications

Stretching / Limbering:

  • Individual Stretching with Emphasis on Front & Side Splits

Striking/Blocking and Kicking Combinations:

  • Application of Level I & II Striking/Blocking & Kicking Techniques & Combinations

Form(s):

  • Choi Lee Fut - Mui Fa Bot-Gwa Kuen (Plum Blossom Pa-Kwa Hand)
  • Do Pi (time permitting) - Tei Sak Kuen (Groundbreaking Fist)

Meditation:

  • Quiet Standing Movement – Short Qi Gong Form (15 min. duration)

Group Form:

Choi Lee Fut - Ng Lun Kuen (Five Wheel Fist)

 

Intermediate & Advanced Classes
In order to attend intermediate and/or advanced classes, a student will be required to learn the 6 beginner form routines listed above in basic training, and demonstrate competency in basic techniques and their application.

Once at the intermediate and/or advanced level, training branches into the following areas:

Intermediate & Advanced Hand Forms:

  1. Luk Dim Poon (Six-and-a-Half Fist)
  2. Siu Moi Fa Kuen (Small Plum Flower Fist)
  3. Dat Mo Kuen (Bodhidharma Fist)
  4. And more…

Weapons Forms:

  1. Gwan sut (cudgel)
  2. Do sut (broadsword)
  3. Gim sut (sword)
  4. Cheung sut (spear)
  5. Dai Do (halbard)
  6. And more…

 

Self-Defence Techniques:
- Intensive application training for all intermediate and advanced students

SanShou:
- There are also optional classes for advanced students interested in competition sparring

Grading System
At Hong Luck Kung Fu Club, we use a four-tier grading system. However, our students are not required to wear belts, sashes, or any other visible markers meant to discern their rank.

The main reason for this is that visible markers of rank are not consistent with Chinese tradition.

In graduation ceremonies, however, students will be presented with a certificate and headband indicating their level of achievement.

Level I - 18 Enlightened Disciples of Buddha (Sap Bat Lawhon)

Level II - Four Diamond Guards (Sei Dai Gum Gong)

Level III - 5 Traveling Practitioners of the Way (Ng Hang Dosi)

Level IV - Red sash

Testing
Testing for all levels takes place twice a year:

- The first 2 weeks of February (preceding Chinese New Year)
- The first 2 weeks of August (preceding Hong Luck’s Anniversary)

 

A brief note on Standardization
Unlike other fighting systems, the Chinese martial arts, historically speaking, have never had a set of standardized regulations to judge the ability of its practitioners.

The main reason for this is that with so many diverse styles found throughout different parts of China, it has been difficult to find uniform criteria upon which to build a grading system.

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