A long time ago, in a small town, there was a shop selling gas canisters, the type used for home cooking. I used to pass by the place a lot but I never stopped at the shop.
As life would have it, one day my Ngok Gar senior brought me to the shop to talk to the owner. As it turned out the owner used to learn Ngok Gar too.
However, the owner learned from another master but his grandmaster was the same as ours. I heard an interesting story from him about how his teacher came to learn Ngok Gar.
It seemed that his teacher, Philip, was a practitioner of Wing Chun (which style or lineage I have no idea) who one day for whatever reason went to try out the skills of our grandmaster.
The grandmaster invited Philip to attack him. This he promptly did, releasing a fast punch at the old man.
One second Philip’s punch was on the way in. The next second he yelled in pain and jumped back as if he had been struck by lighting.
Perhaps it was a fluke, so thought Philip. The grandmaster sensed that Philip was still doubtful so he asked him to try again to the same conclusion. As with most of these stories, Philip took up Ngok Gar after having been bested.
I found this story interesting because although I have felt what hard blocks were like they didn’t make me jump back. After I had learned Ngok Gar I was still no wiser.
However, some years after I learned from Master Cheong I had an insight that perhaps this particular movement in technique number two of a series of eighteen techniques was the key to doing this. Below is what technique number two looks like (this clip was previously posted on 5 Jan 2017) :-
When I looked through some old clips I found one example of this movement used in an application when I showed my student Ngok Gar techniques. Yikes, it certainly was a painful technique as seen at the end of the clip where he grasped his arm.
Ngok Gar techniques are pretty hardcore and straight forward. Even if you do not jump back in pain the speed of the movements can be overwhelming unless you are trained to handle fast attacks.
These type of hard and fast techniques can be the basis of no-nonsense responses when used for self-defense counters, an example like the one below :-
If I were to ever teach a self-defense course I would structure it around Ngok Gar techniques.