Master Leong once said that the Leung Yi Bo is like roller skating. Here is how we do the Leung Yi Bo :-
Now take a look at the video below of a lady roller skating and see what you think :-
Refer to Boji-Lite Module 1 here for basic explanation of the Leung Yi Bo.
Leung Yi Bo is about stepping along a zigzag pattern forward and backwards. For Boji-Lite we only examine the use of stepping forward.
At the basic level Leung Yi Bo is about getting out of the way of the opponent’s attack by moving safely to the side.
At the advanced level Leung Yi Bo is about using the use of stepping as a means to counter-attack in the same instance as the opponent is attacking you. An example is shown below :-
Interestingly, the Tibetan White Crane style applies their straight punch in a similar manner as shown at 0:11 in a clip below that I came across in 2017 :-
I cannot be certain that it is the same punch that we have in BojiLite. What I do know is that :-
a) In the early 80s I visited a Tibetan White Crane school and saw them practicing basic strikes including a straight punch. They would practice one single punch at a time. They would also execute the punches quickly, one after another, calling the method chain punching. In the first tournament for Chinese martial arts that was held in Sydney a lady practitioner from the Tibetan White Crane school used this straight punch in a chain punching manner against her opponent who did not know how to defend against it.
b) In the late 80s when I learned from Master Leong the single straight punch using a horizontal fist, the Yum Chui, was the first punch taught. A that time it struck me as an uncanny resemblance to the Tibetan White Crane straight punch.
c) Later one senior from Master Leong’s former Pok Khek class came to join our Tai Chi class. I heard from him that Grandmaster Nip Chee Fei had investigated many styles to create Pok Khek Kuen. So I would not be surprised if he had looked into the Tibetan White Crane system since it was well known that the leader of the Ten Tigers of Canton, Wong Yan Lam, was a practitioner of this style. Unfortunately, I do not have any proof that the Yum Chui is from Tibetan White Crane. My senior did mention that there is a booklet in which the styles that Grandmaster Nip learned was mentioned but he did not have a copy and I have not managed to locate a copy.
The clip also shows a strike at 0:19 which is very much like our Kup Chui. The difference is that the master is applying it on its upward trajectory while the photo below which is a screen capture from a 2013 video shows the same punch on its downward trajectory :-
The learning of the Kup Chui is accompanied by a ditty; a hint to its practical effectiveness. I won’t go further into Kup Chui as it is outside the scope of Boji-Lite.
End of Module 1, Lesson 3.