This is an outline for a short course on the learning of selected basics of striking which is derived from the Chinese combat system of Pok Khek Kuen.
The objective is for the interested party to pick up functional striking skills within 12 learning modules by working of a limited set of techniques. These techniques can be practiced on their own, with a partner or by using a training aid.
Pok Khek Kuen is a compact system of combat created by Grandmaster Nip Chee Fei. Master Leong Lin Heng, who is the number two disciple of Grandmaster Nip, taught it within his system of Tai Chi where it is sometimes referred to as Tai Kik San Sau (太極散手).
The name Pok Khek Kuen (搏击拳) is written in Hanyu Pinyin as Bojiquan. Hence, our condensed learning program shall be termed Boji-Lite (简化搏击拳).
Past practitioners of Pok Khek Kuen have competed successfully in full-contact tournaments.
Coming up with a program that can be learned with minimum guidance is not easy. To this end the aim is to learn more with less information.
By keeping the learning small you learn to do more with the little that you have. This will teach you to think, imagine and construct new possibilities, thus expanding and deepening your knowledge.
The techniques picked for the 12 modules are stuff that students can pick up easily as they are movements everyone does instinctively whether they are trained or not. We just need to achieve a more controlled way of moving so that we can execute the techniques tighter, speedier and with more penetrating force whilst relying on lesser movements and power to enable them to be applied as efficient combat techniques.
The above clip was taken in 2012 when I explained to my Tai Chi student about Pok Khek Kuen. You can see the following techniques being used with the Leung Yi Ma (see Module 1) :-
a) The power of Sao Chui (0:00 to 0:01)
b) Yum Chui follow-up after Sao Chui in (a) (0:05 to 0:06)
c) Demonstration of Yum Chui & Sao Chui combination (0:32 to 0:34)
d) Sao Chui change to Yum Chui in response to opponent’s reaction (0:49 to 0:50)
e) Yum Chui technique explanation (0:56 to 1:02)
In-situ body turning
Theory of facing
Basic stepping pattern
Forming the fist
Primary arm configuration for linear strikes
Introduction to Yum Chui
Power in Yum Chui
Yum Chui in-situ (form, power and linking)
Yum Chui with stepping
Yum Chui basic partner practice
Yum Chui attack and defence partner practice
3-star forearm conditioning
Introduction to Sao Chui
Power in Sao Chui
Sao Chui in-situ
Sao Chui with stepping
Sao Chui basic partner practice
Setting up to deliver Sao Chui (variation 1 & 2)
Introduction to Chau Chui
Power in Chau Chui
Chau Chui in-situ
Chau Chui with stepping
Basic partner practice
Use of hand pad to refine biomechanics in-situ
Use of hand pad to train accuracy whilst stepping
Use of other training aids to enhance solo training
Study of changes using combination of techniques
Combination 1 – Yum Chui with Chau Chui variation 1
Combination 2 – Yum Chui with Chau Chui variation 2
Combination 3 – Yum Chui with Sao Chui variation 1
Combination 4 – Yum Chui with Sao Chui variation 2
Combination 5 – Yum Chui with Chau Chui and Sao Chui variation 1
Combination 6 – Yum Chui with Chau Chui and Sao Chui variation 2
Instinctive guard posture
Position, position, position
Path to Mastery
The contents of the 12 modules are easy and simple to learn. If you keep at it, doing one to two modules per week you can soon complete the learning. Thereafter, you just keep working on the modules.
On the assumption that you do one module per week after twelve weeks you would have practiced the Leung Yi Ma a lot. By then you would also have practiced Yum Chui for eleven weeks, Sao Chui for nine weeks and Chau Chui for seven weeks. You can expect to be able to perform each of the techniques from moderate to fast speed.
At the end of twelve weeks you should also be able to demonstrate some power particularly after learning Module 7 and working on it each week from the seventh to twelfth week.
The one skill which is more difficult to master is the ability to change smoothly from one technique to the other when applying them in response to the opponent’s attack and defense. This is why I have kept the techniques to only three. If you cannot master three techniques then learning more would be pointless.
Mastery is a function of how badly you want to master a skill. If you only read but never put into practice or hardly practice then you will forever be an armchair warrior.
Lessons and corrections are available on 1-to-1 basis for the contents listed in the 12 modules.