Sam Kuen Do (三拳道) 2.0

Introduction

SKD stands for Sam Kuen Do. This is Cantonese for Way of Three Fists (三拳道). The name SKD was originally chosen because the focus was on the use of three strikes (三拳). Since then the phrase “Three Fists” have taken on a wider meaning.

SKD complements the learning of our Tai Chi Chuan by teaching students the mechanics and strategies of striking without having to learn another system. SKD can sit on top of our push hands method as a plugged-in module to enhance their Tai Chi striking ability.

However, the focus of SKD is not on playing hands but on quickly closing in and dispatching the opponent. If there is bridge flow past it and strike. If there is no bridge just strike, and strike, and strike.

Background

SKD originates from the combat system of Pok Khek Kuen. This is a compact combat system that was taught by Grandmaster Nip Chee Fei to Master Leong Lin Heng.

Pok Khek Kuen is the result of Grandmaster Nip’s learning, experience and research into a personal system of combat that allowed him to apprehend anti-government dissidents using emptyhand techniques when the situation made the use of a gun at close quarters possibly dangerous to him.

Learning

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 of SKD are curated to enable students to pick up the learning more 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.

Program

The study of SKD covers the following contents :-

Core Basics
a) Body structure
b) How to pivot
c) How to step

Power Generation
a) Push and pull
b) Open and close
c) Swallow and spit

Core Strikes
a) Yum chui
b) Chao chui
c) Sau chui
d) Gwa chui
e) Charp chui

Stepping
a) Zigzag
b) Darting
c) Twist, step, circle

Blocks
a) 3-Parries
b) 678-Blocks
c) 24-Blocks

Kicks
a) Dung geurk
b) Liu geurk
c) Chaang gai geurk
d) Moon ching yan mo ying geurk

Partner Practice
a) Siu wan hup
b) Charp chui dui chark

Solo Practice
a) Lin wan chui
b) Ng fu ha san

Training Tools
a) Hand pad
b) Heavy bag
c) Hand conditioning bag
d) Iron bar
e) Iron shoes
f) Throwing bag
g) Wooden dummy

The focus of learning can be divided into three levels :-

Level 1 works on basic posture, movements and stepping. A harder type of power is developed using strong whipping and pulling actions. At this level non-contact applications are dominant.

Level 2 uses 24-blocks to develop whole body movement, flow and power. The use of circles develops softness. Mid to close range techniques using contact to read the opponent’s reaction is emphasized.

Level 3 blends hard and soft, slow and fast, contact and non-contact elements for application of techniques.

Path to Mastery

The contents of SKD are easy and simple to learn. If you keep at it constantly and consistently you can soon complete the learning.

The real challenge of learning is to render your skill natural and responsive. A combination of solo and partner practice will help to achieve this.

Conclusion

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.

With the study of SKD you will have a compact program to guide your learning and progress. As long as you keep working on it you will be able to grasp the techniques soon enough.

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