One of the most frustrating things that happen in Kung Fu training is when your opponent is stronger than you and you don’t know how to handle the pressure.
It can be frustrating, to say the least. But no worries, there is a solution to this.
One of the reasons the weaker training partner will find themselves collapsing and not being able to deal with a person’s forward energy is because they are reacting to what they are feeling rather than responding to it.
I wrote a really good article called Response Vs Reaction if you have some free time give it a read, you will find a really good kung fu training drill.
A reaction is something that you do naturally like flinching for example. While a response is something you trained your body to do to replace and overwrite the reaction.
Structure depends on strategy: strategy is determined according to events.” – Cao Cao
Kung fu Training For Women
I often say women can learn how to deal with strength easier than men can. This is because men are taught that having strength is a sign of power, while women know that men are usually stronger and therefore most are not going into a situation thinking they can out muscle the guy. Instead, women rely on their feelings more.
Feeling more helps women to get what Sifu Phu is about to share easier than men. But no worries guys, with practice you will get it too.
The answer to increasing your Kung Fu skill is not about getting stronger, rather it’s about becoming more open to what you are feeling.
In this video, Sifu Phu answer’s a question from one of our members about forwarding energy and intent which will help you to understand how to deal with more pressure or strength.
Check out Understanding How To Deal With A Person’s Forward Energy below:
Contact point means control point” – Sifu Phu Ngo
Here are the key points in this lesson:
- Follow the principles of Yin and Yang
- You need to be rooted to drive energy
- Don’t resist, learn to assist
- Don’t stop energy convert energy
- Attack the point
Strength is only an illusion, it’s only there if you resist” – Sifu Phu Ngo
In order to have the right energy that Sifu is talking about, also refer to our 3 P.R.O.O.F videos for a better understanding of how to find the control point.
Checkout 3 P.R.O.O.F. is Fool Proof below:
If you are already a member of Enter Shaolin, you can learn more about 3 P.R.O.O.F. here:
- Maintaining The 3 P.R.O.O.F. In Motion
- Self Pressure Test (3 P.R.O.O.F.)
- Sifu Phu Ngo’s EUSAIMMA Seminar 2015
Related Kung Fu Training Questions
Can You Teach Yourself Kung Fu?
It’s always better to have a qualified instructor train you. We know here at Enter Shaolin that it’s not always possible to find a Sifu who can help you with your kung fu training.
Thank goodness for modern technology. Because you can start to teach your kung fu training at home by joining sites like this one. When you join us we help you with a kung fu training plan that is right for you.
How Do You Train Real Kung Fu
When someone says they train in kung fu. They could mean many different styles like Praying Mantis, Wushu, Wing Chun, Tai Chi, Bagua, Shaolin 5 animals, and others.
The main thing is to find someone who has a deep understanding of the kung fu style you want to train in.
How Long Is Kung Fu Training?
When it comes to martial arts there isn’t a time frame when you will be done training. For many schools, a person feels like they have trained long enough when they get their black belt or equivalent.
The truth that many instructors leave out is that once you get that top rank what it means is now you are ready to start learning.
This is because as long as you keep on your kung fu training program and you make it a part of your lifestyle you will never stop learning.
In many schools, it only takes 5 years to earn a black belt. Sadly in some schools even less time than that.
After 10 years of training with Sifu Phu, I still felt like a total beginner. So if you are serious about kung fu training then you should also be prepared to make it a lifestyle.
Talk to you soon,
Sifu Larry Rivera
& The Enter Shaolin Family